a) In the reading lounge of the Secondary College Library where I work, there is a small wall that currently has a large map drawer, a poster holder, an information board (which has had the same posters on it for years) and some old photographs. The adjacent wall has laptop benches and chargers and on the other side is the circulation desk. The maps and their containers are not used a lot and they are big, heavy and not very attractive – only teachers use them rarely, not students. The space should be used for encouraging a reading culture not housing unused posters.
b) Technology developments are driving a change in the way that Library services are being delivered to our learning communities. These changes are providing new choices for reading communities and the need for innovative ideas. Good design in this space could speed up the innovation process in our services- this is a continuing goal (Kurato, Goldsworthy, & Hornsby, 2012). Following Tim Brown’s (2009) recommendations to start the designing process by focusing on the needs of humans alerts me to the fact that this space is not matching the behaviour of the humans in our school community. The culture and context of our school is changing and becoming more digital, participatory and client driven. This space is in the reading lounge, it could be used to connect the reading community to our recently added digital Library. The digital library provides over $60,000 worth of books (it is shared with all the 120 schools in our district).The students have access via the school portal but it is still an underused but excellent resource. The inspiration to alter the design of this area is influenced by the opportunity of access to the digital library that we want to seize; it makes a lot of financial sense (we don’t have to pay for it) and for a large part of our community access to digital resources is desirable.
c) To create a space that increases the school communities access the digital library we will need to provide technology that allows the student a straight and simple connection to this digital space. The interface of the Digital Library lends itself to a being a permanent fixture on a screen. The user can browse the Library completely and then just log in when they want to borrow a book. The books will be downloaded into their account which they can access from their own device later. All this could be done on a large touch screen that would be very attractive to the students. All the map and poster storage could be shifted to another less used space in the Library. We have the funds to put in a simple high bench for the students to stand at and use the screen. Instructions could be placed on the wall behind to guide students and teachers in using the Digital Library.
Brown, T. (2009). Designers – think big. Retrieved 2014, from TED: http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_urges_designers_to_think_big
Kurato, D., Goldsworthy, M., & Hornsby, G. (2012). The design-thinking process in Innovation accerlation: transforming organisational thinking. Boston: Pearson.
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