A review of student led change (in six parts)

Encouraging feedback we receive each year in the National Student Survey reassures us that we are getting most of the important things right and delivering the things that you most need and love.  Every year you tell us our eresources are really helpful and that you enjoy our friendly and supportive service, and we have striven to go beyond and offer more bookable drop-in help sessions and even more ejournals and ebooks than ever before but we are painfully conscious that there are still areas we have to continue to work on and improve.  Over the next two weeks, we will be reflecting on Liblog about how things have changed over the past few years as a result of observed student needs and direct student feedback.

Student using a laptop in the LibraryStudy space, laptops and zoning

Speaking of areas we are working to improve…

With an ever-growing student population, there never seems to be enough space for everyone.  We are doing all we can to manage our limited space to increase the number of study spaces by around a hundred every year, including different types of study area to cater to different needs, carefully balancing group, flexible and individual silent study.  We have supported flexible study with 410 full-size, high power laptops that you can plug in anywhere around the Library

Following student feedback, we moved the Individual Silent Study Zone to areas that stay naturally quieter and introduced clear banners that advertise the space better than ever.  We converted our poorly soundproofed second floor meeting room into a peaceful art store to save you from the sound of drifting voices.  While we try to ensure silent spaces stay silent, for those who are sensitive to noise, our free earplugs help blot out the world completely so you can work anywhere without disruption.

Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

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