"What's Going On in There?": How Users Are Using Resources for Collaboration in Reservable Group Study Rooms in the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Public Deposited

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  • May 8, 2019
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  • Edwards, Margaret
    • Affiliation: School of Information and Library Science
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  • In an era where students rely on the academic library much more often for study space and services than for locating books, libraries have had to increase focus on what students need to successfully study. With a rise in collaborative assignments, one thing students need is collaborative group study space, but it is often difficult for library staff to discern what exactly students need from these necessarily private areas. This study sent surveys to group study room users at The University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and observed group study room sessions to learn how students use the resources in these spaces. Findings indicate that convenience is an important factor for resource use, remote collaboration and interviews occur in the spaces, and Google Documents are important parts of the student collaboration process. Use based on factors such as department affiliation is also discussed.
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  • Vargha, Rebecca
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  • Master of Science in Library Science
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  • Library and Information Science
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2019
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  • 78474a3d-ceec-4c22-a2a9-1d0b5339d213
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