Appraising Our Past, Charting Our Future

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FACILITIES

Seating
4th Floor Quiet Zone
Display Cases
Facilities Facts and Figures for 2003-2004

 

The results of the LibQUAL service quality survey across all AJCU law libraries showed that law students, faculty and staff consider library facilities extremely important. Our average daily door count of 1000 during the academic year confirms that the Library is a "hub" for student study, research and collaboration. In our survey, students and faculty lamented the lack of collaborative study space. While at the same time, students expressed concern regarding individual study space and a quiet library environment. Although, these issues are not new, the survey results brought to light just how important our patrons consider the library environment.

Seating

Recognizing our need for more seating, in 2003 the Law School provided supplemental funds to purchase additional carrels, soft chairs and couches. New soft seating areas have been added to the second floor of the Library between the reference and circulation desks. Tables and chairs were added to the Court Level to improve seating space. The additional furniture increased the Library’s seating capacity by approximately 10%.

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4th Floor Quiet Zone

The Law Library also designated the 4th floor as a Quiet Zone. Laptop use is permitted, but conversation is restricted to the group study rooms. By setting aside an area for quiet pursuits we hope to maintain an academic environment that is conducive to a variety of library activities.

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Display Cases

The Library has added two new faculty display cases on the second floor which feature a sampling of faculty publications, the Excellence in Marketing Award and, of course, our Nancy Pearl librarian action figure.

We have also added two flat display cabinets on the second floor to accommodate our expanded exhibits.

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Facilities Facts and Figures for 2003-2004

  • Library (Square Feet) 31,369
  • Total Shelving (Linear Feet) 41,352
  • Public Compact Shelving (Linear Feet) 14,496
  • Non-Public Compact Shelving (Linear Feet) 3,792
  • Carrels 102
  • Seating (Non-Carrel) 267
  • Group Study Rooms 8
  • Microform Reader Printers 2
  • Video Players 3
  • Computer Lab Terminals 10
  • Public Computer Workstations 6
  • Full Wireless Network
  • Wired ports throughout the library

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Aspirations/Challenges

In today’s academic setting, law libraries, ours included, are expected to facilitate individual and group research, serve as interactive classrooms for instruction and training, and provide a place for quiet reflection and study. Meeting these diverse expectations will present both spatial and budgetary challenges in the upcoming years, especially as our constituent base continues to grow. To keep pace, the Library must expand existing services and add new services. This will require additional staff and related workspaces, which will in turn require significant space reconfiguration. In an effort to anticipate and meet these evolving requirements of our students, faculty and staff, the Library is currently drafting a library facilities improvement proposal for discussion later this year.