A happy compromise: Collaborative approaches to school library designing

Hughes, Hilary, Bland, Derek, Willis, Jill, & Burns, Raylee Elliott (2015) A happy compromise: Collaborative approaches to school library designing. The Australian Library Journal, 64(4), pp. 321-334.

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Abstract

Designing a school library is a complex, costly and demanding process with important educational and social implications for the whole school community. Drawing upon recent research, this paper presents contrasting snapshots of two school libraries to demonstrate the impacts of greater and lesser collaboration in the designing process. After a brief literature review, the paper outlines the research design (qualitative case study, involving collection and inductive thematic analysis of interview data and student drawings). The select findings highlight the varying experiences of each school’s teacher-librarian through the four designing phases of imagining, transitioning, experiencing and reimagining. Based on the study’s findings, the paper concludes that design outcomes are enhanced through collaboration between professional designers and key school stakeholders including teacher-librarians, teachers, principals and students. The findings and recommendations are of potential interest to teacher-librarians, school principals, education authorities, information professionals and library managers, to guide user-centred library planning and resourcing.

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ID Code: 86448
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: School libraries, Teacher-librarians, School communities, Collaborative designing, Qualitative case study, Learning space design
DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2015.1033380
ISSN: 2201-4276
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Funding:
  • QCSSI/2012000304
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Library & Information Association
Deposited On: 06 Aug 2015 01:07
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2015 22:12

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