Monday, November 13, 2006

Student impressions of the Davis Library

"My first impression of the Davis Library was that it wasn't that welcoming or attractive from the hallway. The person going to the library should feel that once he enters the door he could study and upon leaving that person should feel satisfied that he/she has done something good.

I went to the mississauga central library recently and I felt so eager to study because the place was so condusive for study.
It was quiet (like a library should be) and it was arranged in a way that there was enough space to lay down all materials.

In our library I know some students just go there to print, hangout and just talk but that can be done outside.
I know we have quiet rooms but we need more of that."


At 8:35 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

I have not been in many academic libraries but I generally find them noisier than public libraries I have visited. Maybe because there is not a lot of group study going on in public libraries.

As a library staff member I can say that we would like more meeting rooms as well but the Davis library faces space challenges that limit the amount of space for this. This means that groups must work in the open and with discussion going on, the noise level will rise. If someone is working alone then the quiet study room is available. If a student needs a quiet place the other alternative is remote accessibility to both the electronic resources (that we have now) and a library staff person.

I grew up in a time when a library was a very quiet place so this environment has been an adjustment for me. I feel this is a trade off that must be made - more noise but more patrons.

At 6:52 AM, Blogger Libra Co-op's TorontotheBetter project said...

I think a key issue for us will be to provide enough different kinds of spaces for different study and student needs. Diversity AND connection is the name of the game. And key to this is separate spaces which don't conflict with each other, but come together somehow. As for noise you can;t get rid of it cmpletely as learning is a social activity, but one of our volunteers has already suggested there are ways of insulating the noise better. That might be one way to go.

At 9:44 AM, Anonymous Rolanda said...

Maybe consider contructing some moveable walls(dividers). They could be made from mdf and have upholstered center feature which would look nice and when several dividers are assembled together the padding will act as a noise buffer.

At 12:13 PM, Blogger kevin said...


I like the divider idea - we have tossed it around here at the Davis library. My question though is about MDF. Doesn't that contain urea formaldehyde?


At 7:26 PM, Blogger Rolanda said...

Hi Kevin,
I am unsure of the chemical content but I will look into it for sure. If it isn't suitable for code. I'm sure there are many different products that would be suitable. Maybe even going with a cheaper partical board and upholster the entire wall. This would also be lighter than mdf.
If people feel that the idea is good we can manipulate the materials until they suite our needs.

At 7:25 AM, Blogger Rolanda said...

Good Morning,
Kevin, I have been looking into the chemical content of MDF and have someone getting back to me on the issue. In the mean time here is something else to think about. Maybe we could use all Green Recycled product. I think personally that green design is very important, but, I also know that cost efficiency is also important. So two other alternatives may be rough spruce, or partical board.
I will get back to you on the MDF.

At 5:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

one quick way of making a sound barrier is to use the shelves to separate quiet to noisy area.
- Ched


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