University Libraries Publications

Title

Library as Place: What Students Value in a Performing Arts Library

Publication Title

Music Reference Services Quarterly

Publication Date

12-14-2015

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/10588167.2015.1093882

Keywords

academic libraries, user behavior, patron activities, mixed methods

Disciplines

Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science | Music

Abstract

Library collections, spaces, and technologies are evolving at a rapid pace. Understanding why students come to the library, what they do, their preferred environments, needed technologies, and how library services fit into this changing paradigm allows librarians to plan, adapt, and remain relevant. This study used focus groups, user-observed data, and a survey tool to determine students’ preferences and most frequent activities in an academic performing arts library. Findings indicated that most students used the library to write papers and study, and their preferences included quiet study spaces, available technologies, and staff expertise.