What's Happening in Our Library Spaces?

A picture of six different spaces in different University of Michigan library locations showing students studying, in the Bert's study lounge, in the stacks as well as a picture of the 2nd floor of the Duderstadt Center and an exterior shot of Tappan hall.

There are many ways to record and analyze what is happening in the University of Michigan libraries over time. The more we understand how users are engaging with our spaces, the more we can do to meet their needs. But how do you get a handle on such a big question (library space use)? What data do you collect and how do you break it down?

Explorations into Undergraduate Use of Collections

A collage of some of the book covers for titles recommended by incoming Wolverines.

The U-M Shapiro Undergraduate Library (UGL) collection serves the course-related and extracurricular information needs of U-M undergraduate students. This collection encourages students to explore new ideas, gain research skills, and become lifelong learners. How can we tailor this small collection (approximately 175,000 volumes) to meet their current needs?

Conducting Wayfinding Research to Improve Navigation

Student drawn map of the Hatcher Graduate Library.

It’s not uncommon for academic research libraries, especially large ones, to have multiple renovations that add a wing, a floor, or even a new building. The University of Michigan Library buildings on our central campus are no exception. Our undergraduate and graduate libraries form a complex whose structure is just that. Many times a day, staff members direct visitors, patrons, or even a colleague to their intended destination.

Welcome to Tiny Studies

Medieval sketch of an awkward young man.  He is nude, facing forward but leaning backward.  His right arm hangs behind him. It is impossibly long

Tiny Studies will feature informal notes and insights from research projects in progress throughout the University Library. This will be a focused place to consider how our individual inquiries contribute to the conceptualization of our organization as a whole. Posts by diverse authors will explore the connections in our work, especially during those ephemeral moments of growth or reflection, when whole new constellations emerge in our understanding of the library.

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