Development of Creative Spaces in Academic Libraries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081022665

Development of Creative Spaces in Academic Libraries

1st Edition

A Decision Maker's Guide

Authors: Katy Webb
Paperback ISBN: 9780081022665
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 1st March 2018
Page Count: 208
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Table of Contents

Section 1: Creative Space in the Academic Library: Space and Service Models
1. The Case for Creative Spaces in Academic Libraries
2. Defining Library Space and Service Models for Media Literacy
3. Digital Media Labs
4. Digital Humanities Labs
5. Data Visualization Labs
6. Knowledge Market
7. Makerspaces

Section 2: Developing a Creative Space in a Library
Introduction to Section 2
8. Conducting a Needs Assessment and Answering Important Questions
9. Gaining Feedback
10. Building Relationships with Campus and Outside Partners
11. Managing a Building Project
12. Gathering Statistics, Conducting Assessment, and Telling your Story

Section 3: Case Studies
13. Case Studies in the Literature
14. Case Study: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Undergraduate Library
15. Case Study: North Carolina State University
16. Case Study: Eastern Kentucky University, Noel Studio for Academic Creativity
17. Case Study: Georgetown University, Gelardin New Media Center & Maker Hub
18. Case Study: Penn State University, Data Learning Center
19. Case Study: Georgia State, CURVE
20. Case Study: Duke University, The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology and Collaboration (also known as "The Edge")
21. Case Study: University of Colorado-Denver: Auraria Campus
22. Case Study: Yale University, Digital Humanities Lab
23. Case Study: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Digital Humanities Lab
24. Case Study: Rutgers University, Digital Humanities Lab
25. Case Study: Grand Valley State University, Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons
26. East Carolina University


As a "third space" on campus, the library is poised to be the location where researchers and students will come for help with creative endeavors, such as multimedia projects, data visualization, 3D printing and more. Libraries worldwide are coming up with innovative ways to engage students in this dialog, including by setting aside high-tech spaces for creativity.

Five models of library creative spaces are explored in this book: digital media labs, Digital Humanities labs, makerspaces, data visualization labs, and knowledge markets. Digital media labs can assist students with audio and video projects for multimodal assignments and their own artistic work. Digital Humanities labs assist faculty and students to envision new scholarship on historical and artistic topics, with librarians and technical staff to instruct and guide them. Makerspaces are problem solving spaces that allow people to tinker, invent, or create 3D models. A visualization lab is a high-tech space used for simulations and data analysis, and may include a visualization wall or other interactive components. A knowledge market is a collaboration between the library (research help), the speech center (presentation skills), the writing center (writing and citation help), along with a data visualization and/or multimedia instruction component.

This book explores creative spaces being offered currently in libraries, with a focus on academic libraries. It goes on to give real-world advice for the process of crafting a new space in the library, including finding campus partners, conducting a needs analysis, and answering important questions. Case studies of innovators of library creativity will further highlight the successes—and pitfalls—of embarking on the process of developing a new service or space in the library.

Key Features

  • The key feature is that this book shows administrators, at a glance, what other institutions are doing regarding services for media literacy at this time
  • The book would help university library administrators determine what their best course of action would be for their institution and consider ways to pilot a service
  • Provides detailed and unique case studies of up to 10 leading institutions and the service models they are providing


Academic library administrators; senior library managers; literacy librarians in research libraries


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About the Authors

Katy Webb Author

Katy Kavanagh Webb is Head of Research and Instructional Services for Joyner Library, East Carolina University; responsible for leading a team of 11 individuals who teach more than 350 information literacy classes and provide 200+ research consultations per year. She is also very active in professional education, recently as a joint organizer of the North Carolina Library Association Present like a Pro workshop series, and as a speaker on the topic of library creative spaces during a webinar for the standards organization NISO. She has presented at the Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX), American Library Association (ALA), and at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) conferences, among others.

Affiliations and Expertise

Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA