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Where Students Want to Spend the Night

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Where Students Want to Spend the Night
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Spears, Laura I.
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Association of Research Libraries Assessment Conference
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Over the past three years, overnight study hours have shifted between two different library branches and a new, student-run facility that was intended to be a learning-commons that would be managed by the student body of a southeastern U.S. academic research library. This paper presents a completed two-phase study examining the preferences, needs and uses by students of two on-campus, overnight study spaces. Multiple university researchers used online student surveys, unobtrusive observations and sentiment analysis of over 2000 open text survey comments to provide comprehensive data for administrative decision-making. Each facility has unique elements and services but only one could be funded to remain open overnight. The findings indicated that the most practical solution remained the traditional library setting, for its greater number of seats and abundance of existing library features (public computers, group rooms, quiet spaces) that students expect in a study space.
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Where Students Want to Spend the Night: A Two Phase Examination of Overnight Study Spaces Laura I. Spears, PhD. University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries Association of Research Libraries Library Assessment Conference December 3 7, 2019, Houston, TX.

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Facility Features & Capacity Newell Hall Library West 4 floors 5 student floors (1 admin) 365 seats 1600 seats Learning commons orientation, with open floor space and collaborative spaces; No stacks, no public access computers, printing available, 2 group study rooms Public access computers, video creation room, disability resource center, proctor U studio, accessibility studio, video creation studio, group study rooms, quiet floor, graduate study floor Open 24/7 except spring break, football games, homecoming weekend. Open 24/7 except spring break and school holidays. What are the traffic and occupancy levels of the Library West Newell Hall from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.? overnight study space? What features and services are visitors actually using from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m.? Study Questions

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Spring 2016

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Fall 2017 Survey Says: Library West, 66% Newell Hall, 12% No Preference 20% No plan to use either, 2%

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Frequency of Use (n=5585) 11% 15% 6% 6% 3% 59% 5% 24% 18% 22% 6% 24% 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 Once A few times during the past 6 months Often (about once a week) Very Often (A few times a week) Not Applicable (I was not at UF during the past 6 months) Never (I was at UF, but never used the overnight hours) Library West Newell Hall

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Reasons for not using Library West 164 764 426 0 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 800 900 I did not know that Library West had overnight hours during the past 6 months I did not need to use the overnight hours Other (please describe)

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Reasons for not using Newell Hall 485 999 1724 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 I did not know that Newell Hall had overnight hours I did not need to use the overnight hours Other (please describe)

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Why did you have difficulty finding space at Library West? (n=703)

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Why did you have trouble finding space at Newell Hall? (n=1214)

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Library West Self reported Feature Use

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Newell Hall Self reported Feature Use

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Capacity Utilization NH Occ + LW Occ/Capacity of each EX: 100+404=504/365 138.1% of Newell Hall capacity | 31.5% of Library West capacity

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Median Occupancy Per Hour 12 8 a.m. 1:00 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 7:00 8:00 Newell Hall Median Occupancy Per Hour 60 45 27 15 8 7 6 10 Library West Median Occupancy Per Hour 230 150 88 51 31 30 29 53 0 50 100 150 200 250

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Library West Features Use 11256 5574 5192 2986 521 243 168 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 12000 Tables/countertops with multiple seating without public access computers (43.4%)* Individual seating with public access computers (21.5%)* Individual seating without public access computers (20.0%) Group study rooms (11.5%) Dining (2.0%) Tables/countertops with multiple seating with public access computers (.09%)* Other (restrooms, printers)(0.6%) *Public access computers available in Library West only/Couches available in Newell Hall only

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Newell Hall Features Use 4336 2121 255 256 155 80 0 2000 4000 6000 Tables/countertops with multiple seating without public access computers (60.2%)* Individual seating without public access computers (29.4%)* Couches (3.5%)* Group study rooms (3.6%) Other (restrooms, printer) (2.2%) Dining (1.1%) Couches only available in Newell Hall/ Public access computers available in Library West only

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Median per hour use of study spaces with public access computers (Library West only) 45 29 16 11 7 7 7 12 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 1:00 2:00 3:00 4:00 5:00 6:00 7:00 8:00

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Observations of Quiet Study Use 60.0% 40.0% 62.2% 37.8% 63.4% 36.6% 68.9% 31.1% Quiet pairs Talking pairs Talking groups Quiet groups Library West Newell Hall

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What makes it a library? libraries should be the study spaces that have 24/7 hours, not Newell. It is usually too crowded and difficult to find a seat, and even when it is not, it does not have the same atmosphere as the actual Respondent To The Fall 2017 Overnight Study Spaces Survey Loertscher Koechlin & Zwaan (2008). The New School Learning Commons Where Learners Win Spring,TX: Hi Willow.

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1398 Comments 1707 Codes And this survey NEVER asked about Marston Science Library

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Questions? | Thank you! Contact me: Laura I. Spears, PhD. University of Florida laura.spears@ufl.edu Researchers who contributed to these studies: David Schwieder,PhD Shaun Boren, PhD Jerri Ann Berrie Michael Uwe Dietz Mohammed Gomaa