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This case study describes an academic library’s student-developed communal space for the purposes of creating, collaborating, and project development. The story begins with an exciting process and partnership developed between University of Dayton (UD) Libraries and UD’s Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT). An IACT experiential learning program led 12 students to research and reimagine the role of the campus library, which resulted in Concourse D, “where projects take flight,” a prototyped transdisciplinary project development studio. This mutually beneficial process led the library to a user-centric mindset as they reimagined space as service; patrons as creators; and a new space-sharing collaboration to further leverage an upcoming renovation. The positive response to the prototype led to the establishment of a permanent version of Concourse D on the second floor of the library in 2019. Lessons learned, ongoing assessment, and future iterations of the space and potential services are discussed. This chapter will inspire librarians to engage students and university partners in the ongoing development of spaces and services for creators.
Creators in the Academic Library: Collections and Spaces
Association of College and Research Libraries
library spaces, experiential learning, design thinking
Environmental Design | Library and Information Science
Kelly, Katy and Ausdenmoore, Adrienne, "Our Journey to “Concourse D”: A Student-developed Space for Creating, Collaborating, and Developing Community in the Library" (2023). Books and Book Chapters by University of Dayton Faculty. 139.