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EOU Volunteer Opportunity

Where: Could be done at a distance. (aka at home)

What: Help research for planning their new library by creating a report outlining
some of the main trends (in post-secondary education and librarianship)
that might affect how they design a library facility
and/or‚ a bibliography of articles, websites or pictures‚ illustrating particular trends or
cutting edge new libraries (academic, undergraduate libraries only).

When: The deadline is flexible. She would like to have a finished product
or the end of December, but can make the deadline end of January or end of February.
(if interest level is high and she will get a better porject out of it.)
But must arrange deadline in advance, just so she knows when to expect something.

Who: Library Director at Eastern Oregon University

  1. primarily undergraduate liberal arts institution, so not interested in trends at the graduate research level.
  2. has a large distance education component here, so she is interested in how academic libraries are imagining they will be serving their populations at a distance.Details:

    You get to research the latest, cutting edge trends in new library facilities.
    What do the futurists think an academic library is going to look like in 5-10 years?
    What are the latest trends in teaching (at the post-secondary level) that the library needs to take into account and respond to? She is interested in articles talking about recent examples of innovations in these areas in small undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the US, and in their counterparts in Canada or overseas. This is a huge project that can be broken down into subtopics (so you can finish your school work too!) Possible subtopics to choose from: information commons (or integrating computers into the library in some other fashion); study areas, particularly group study (and integrating technology into these areas); cafeterias, coffee carts or cafes in the library; partnerships between the library and student services (for example copy services, bookstore services, tutoring services); eating inviting spaces for academic community interaction in the library; storage solutions such as compact shelving or off-site storage; -creating a completely or mostly digital library. increased need for group vs individual study areas (this would involve searching the literature of higher education to see if there are articles on the topic); merging reference and circulation desks, or doing away with reference desks in the library; use of electronic or high-tech equipment for group study (eg electronic whiteboards, teamspace)

    library needs to take into account and respond to?
    She is interested in articles talking about recent examples of
    innovations in these areas in small undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the US,
    and in their counterparts in Canada or overseas.

    This is a huge project that can be broken down into subtopics (so you can finish your school work too!)

    Possible subtopics to choose from:

    -information commons (or integrating computers into the library in some other fashion);

    -study areas, particularly group study (and integrating technology into these areas);

    -cafeterias, coffee carts or cafes in the library;

    -partnerships between the library and student services (for example copy services, bookstore
    services, tutoring services);

    -creating inviting spaces for academic community interaction in the library;

    -storage solutions such as compact shelving or off-site storage;

    -creating a completely or mostly digital library.

    – increased need for group vs individual study areas (this would involve searching the literature of higher education to see if there are articles on the topic)

    – merging reference and circulation desks, or doing away with reference desks in the library

    – use of electronic or high-tech equipment for group study (eg electronic whiteboards, teamspace)

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