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Using Mobile Technology to Observe Student Study Behaviors and Track Library Space Usage

Using Mobile Technology to Observe Student Study Behaviors and Track Library Space Usage Libraries have become increasingly interested in studying the use of spaces within their buildings. Traditional methods for tracking library building use, such as gate counts, provide little information on what patrons do once they are in the library; therefore, new methods for studying space usage are being developed. Particularly promising are mobile technologies, which make it possible to directly observe and track user behaviors throughout library spaces. We found that observation combined with mobile technologies enabled the library to assess user study behaviors and space usage patterns anywhere in the library. Observations were tracked using an iPad with two different types of mobile apps, CloudOn and Counter+. The results were compared to the more traditional statistics gathered by the study room reservation system. The findings showed that the mobile observations more accurately reflected actual library usage and provided additional details on specific study behaviors such as studying in groups and using technology while studying. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Access Services Taylor & Francis

Using Mobile Technology to Observe Student Study Behaviors and Track Library Space Usage

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 12 (1-2): 13 – Apr 3, 2015
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Published with license by Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1536-7975
eISSN
1536-7967
DOI
10.1080/15367967.2015.972754
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Abstract

Libraries have become increasingly interested in studying the use of spaces within their buildings. Traditional methods for tracking library building use, such as gate counts, provide little information on what patrons do once they are in the library; therefore, new methods for studying space usage are being developed. Particularly promising are mobile technologies, which make it possible to directly observe and track user behaviors throughout library spaces. We found that observation combined with mobile technologies enabled the library to assess user study behaviors and space usage patterns anywhere in the library. Observations were tracked using an iPad with two different types of mobile apps, CloudOn and Counter+. The results were compared to the more traditional statistics gathered by the study room reservation system. The findings showed that the mobile observations more accurately reflected actual library usage and provided additional details on specific study behaviors such as studying in groups and using technology while studying.

Journal

Journal Of Access ServicesTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 3, 2015

Keywords: Mobile technology; observation methodology; library space assessment; library building use; technology use; group study; tablet; student study behaviors

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