How librarians (and others!) love silos: Three stories from the field
For the last decade, Scott Bennett, Yale University Librarian Emeritus, has been a library space planning consultant, working on over fifty projects. The following stories draw from that experience.
Libraries are unlike most other campus building in that almost everyone—students, faculty and staff from all disciplines, and often the public—register ownership claims on them. Students consistently give libraries the highest ranking among campus spaces that support learning behaviors important to them. Libraries occupy central and highly prized campus space. These and other factors—such as late operating hours and certain social conventions about library use--create unmatched opportunities for impact on learning. These factors also challenge planners to achieve levels of collaboration—among, classroom faculty, students, librarians, information technologists, and student services staff—unmatched elsewhere.