Use of space in a digital age library – examples from Ghana, Australia, Scotland

In the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, current trends for the use of space is influenced by dramatic changes in the structure of the university and the emphasis on active and collaborative learning. Compact shelving and digitizatization have increased space for:

  • computers to access electronic resources
  • “discussion areas” to support networking and the sharing of ideas between students engaged in group work or projects.

These discussion areas are popular and have led to increased use of  library resources and assistance from library staff. As the needs of the university community change academic librarians will need to make decisions about current and future space management. By providing informed input into the design of new library structures, they will be recognized as essential partners in the educational process. 

At Melbourne University new styles of collaborative learning, and increasing use of electronic access to books and journals has resulted in a series of formal and informal learning spaces designed around particular subject fields.

The new library building at Aberdeen university has been designed to: minimize noise generally and in relation to internal layouts for silent study or collaborative work, distribution of stock, ease of use, teaching and learning areas, workflow, and public exhibition space.

Members of the Association of Commonwealth Universities are sent e-mail or paper copies of this issue of Link (May 2011). Previous issues are available online.


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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