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Sunday, May 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Poster Session 1: Poster Board Number 96

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Poster Board Number: 96
Title: Space Planning and Visioning: Preparing for the Future of the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
Objective: This poster describes a 2010 planning effort for the health sciences library’s future. Two topics are presented: a summary of a master space plan and its outgrowth, and a vision document to guide future library development (strategic planning, space planning, etc.). The process described here could serve as a model for other academic health sciences libraries. Both topics--the library-as-place concept and re-visioning roles for medical librarians and library services--present opportunities to rethink tradition-based ideas.
Methods: A case study method is used. Questions addressed include: Is the library-as-place a valid concept when libraries are mostly digital? What vision should guide the library’s role in the area communities? Master space planning began in 2008. The yearlong process involved all three university libraries--main, law, and health sciences--and was coordinated by the university’s facilities management unit. Master space planning confirmed the need for library renovations. Visioning the future extended the space planning effort. Draft documents were produced in 2009-2010. The value of the master space planning process provided the opportunity to build a vision of the future library incorporating space changes along with staffing, service, and strategic initiatives.
Results: Two planning documents were produced. An executive summary for the library portion of the master space plan allowed for a timely (2010) announcement to medical school administration, prior to the master plan’s release by university or main library administrations. A vision document resulted from efforts to articulate library collections and services for a renovated library space. Vision ideas were based on trends literature and local environmental conditions. The vision document will serve as a starting point for future strategic plans.
Conclusions: The space planning document was discussed with the library’s supervisors in October 2010. This discussion resulted in strategic ideas for promoting the executive summary with medical school administration. The vision document will be submitted to the library’s supervisors in late 2010. Similar strategic ideas for promoting the library vision will be developed and announced in this poster. This case study provides a model for peer libraries.
Author: James Shedlock, AHIP, FMLA, Director, Galter Health Sciences Library, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Sunday May 15, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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