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Friday, November 4 • 1:31pm - 1:41pm
Lightning Round: Lost in the Stacks: Helping Undergraduate Students Navigate the Library Labyrinth

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Wayfinding, a term when used in the context of architecture, refers to the individual’s experience of orienting and choosing a path within a physical space. Reconsidering the existing academic library space through the concept of wayfinding is a means to improve undergraduate students’ ability to not only navigate the library space, but also locate the resources and services they need. This presentation will highlight an ongoing collaborative wayfinding project between a librarian and an undergraduate design class at the University of Kansas Art and Architecture Library. Rather than conduct a more traditional library orientation session, the librarian turned a request for instruction into an opportunity to use students’ classroom knowledge to teach them information literacy and improve their library. The librarian and the public services staff hoped to use the wayfinding method to eliminate two main obstacles for successful use of the library:  difficulty locating materials on the shelf and the need to ask directional questions. The session will highlight the students’ suggestions, benefits, challenges, and outcomes of the project. By collaborating with the undergraduate design students, the library staff will ensure that the library environment is reflective of the physical information seeking behaviors of undergraduates in the arts while also teaching the student participants about the resources and services of the library.

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Andi Back

Fine Arts and Humanities Librarian, University of Kansas

Friday November 4, 2016 1:31pm - 1:41pm CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Boardroom