UTS on future academic libraries
On 9 February 2010 Dr Belinda Tiffen, Sophie McDonald and me from the UTS Library presented some ideas for our future Library to a national library conference in Melbourne (VALA2010).
As part of the UTS City Campus Master Plan, we have begun the early stages of planning for a new library building or “learning commons” on Broadway that will set new standards for online and physical services to our clients (students, researchers, academics and staff), green culture and operations, and our own work environment. About 60% of our current collection will be buried in a robotically-served retrieval system under Alumni Green (adjacent to the new library building), freeing up the library space for things other than book storage. That facility will be designed and built in the near future.
Our ideas for the future library were presented in three short but entertaining video clips outlining scenarios for:
- students (by UTS students James Shepherd, Dan Miller and friends),
- researchers and
- our staff (in homage the the well-known CommonCraft videos).
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