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Creative Communities - BC Library Conference 2015
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Friday, May 22 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
F21 - Multiple Communities, Multiple Literacies: Exploring Users’ Experiences of Library Spaces at Vancouver Island University LIMITED

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Literacies are developed and enacted all around us in academic and public libraries. Our spaces are ‘hacked’ by our user communities to meet distinctly non-traditional library needs just as much as they are used to serve traditional informational purposes: these are findings from a space study done at Vancouver Island University Library.   The presenters conducted a ‘space sweep’—dividing their library’s publicly accessible spaces into 43 different zones and then tracking in each zone numbers of users working individually or in groups. As well, noise levels were recorded in certain zones with a mobile phone decibel reader app. The second part of the study involved unobtrusive observation of users in select library spaces and interviewing users about what they typically did during library visits.  This presentation is intended to foster discussion amongst BC public and academic librarians about how our user communities creatively transform library spaces as well as provide ideas for improving our understanding of library users’ experiences.

Speakers
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Cameron Hoffman

Cameron Hoffman is Vancouver Island University’s Learning Services Librarian. He coordinates information literacy initiatives and teaches first-year English and ESL information literacy classes. He has worked in libraries in Alberta and Quebec as well as in BC. He also teaches sessionally... Read More →

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Friday May 22, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Westminster Ballroom 3 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC
  • Sponsored by: Simon Fraser University Library