Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Researcher Reading Room now open in The Sydney Jones Library

The Researcher Reading Room is a dedicated study space in the Sydney Jones Library for staff and research postgraduates.
The room has:
  • Study space for at least 50 people
  • 11 touch screen  PCs with fully adjustable chairs and individually controlled lighting
  • 24 seats and desk space for laptop users, each space with network points, mains sockets and individually controlled lighting
  • 12 seats at reading tables and three tables with informal seating
  • 18 lockers for daily or longer term use.
Opening hours are the same as the library and access is via your university ID card. If you would like to use a locker, or you have any difficulties accessing the room with your ID card, please speak to a member of staff at the Information Support Desk in the Sydney Jones Library.


Anonymous said...

How very egalitarian, nice to the library offers the same service to all students.

Terry Bucknell said...

Response from Phil Sykes, University Librarian:

We do think it’s reasonable to devote what is equivalent to about 1% of the total space available in our libraries to this special purpose. You’re right that libraries are generally pretty egalitarian in their provision, but there are limited exceptions where we feel it’s right to meet some of the specific needs of particular groups. For example, academic staff and postgraduate research students have slightly higher book borrowing entitlements than other categories of library user – in this and almost all other academic libraries. It’s also important to point out that we created this space by clearing books from it, which are now occupying less space, so the general study space provision for library users has not decreased. It’s worth noting that the principal beneficiaries of most of the improvements we’ve made to both our libraries over the last few years have been undergraduate students. You won’t find many academic staff in the bright new social area adjacent to the cafe on the ground floor of the Abercromby Wing, or in the group study rooms for example. Finally, we’ll be making a range of further improvements over the next two years that will make the Library even better for all our users.

Anonymous said...

So one per-cent of users have been privileged with state of the art facilities because you feel its right,were the other 99% asked what they thought of this(that would be the ones paying the fees).That's called User-led-design. Dont academic staff have offices and access to there own conference rooms? hence why you dont see them in the study group rooms. How do you know academic staff dont use the social area? and why shouldn’t they? The libraries should be social levellers,not smart discreetly hidden areas with obscured glass walls and locked doors for the few.

Anonymous said...

Completely disagree with your comments which are mere objection handling and border on patronising. Communal activity in a library involves seeing and being seen quietly engaged in study. As Sam Demas writes,

'One of the powerful attractions of libraries is the unique pleasure of being alone, in a quiet place, while simultaneously being in a public place associated with scholarship.… Student focus groups and anecdotal evidence portray individual study as both a private and a communal act. Students associate the library with the privilege of being part of a scholarly community; in this respect, it ranks second only to the classroom.… Nationally, the traditional library reading room is enjoying a renaissance as a place to study in the presence of others; it is a place to see and be seen while working privately'.

Anonymous said...

As a PhD student, I'm vey glad of the dedicated space. While the atmosphere of the library is generally very good, it can be distracting at times. This isn't the case in the dedicated PGR space, even when full. Thumbs up from me