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Looking Forward: Planning for the Marine Institute Library of the Future. By Catherine Lawton BN, MLIS Dr. C.R. Barrett Library – Marine Institute Memorial University of Newfoundland. City of St. John’s, NL Canada Harbour.
By Catherine Lawton BN, MLIS
Dr. C.R. Barrett Library – Marine Institute
Memorial University of Newfoundland
The Marine Institute is a world class centre for advanced marine technology and education. Affiliated with Memorial University of Newfoundland, it has a mandate to provide education and training in all aspects of fisheries and marine technology
On the left row are fresh water tanks and on the left are salt-water
Salt water tanks – brick is holding down a basket to prevent sea cucumbers from clinging to filtration system. In background is an incubator for growing algae for feed.
The test section is 8m wide x 4m deep x 22.25m long (the water level may be changed from 4m to 3m depth). These dimensions make the tank the largest flume tank of its type in the world.
The Dr. C.R. Barrett Library collection at Marine Institute supports study and research in fisheries and aquaculture, marine technologies, nautical science and the ocean environment. The collection also includes significant holdings in engineering.
As part of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the library has access via intercampus loans to a large collection in the main campus library : the Queen Elizabeth II library as well as other branches libraries of Memorial University.
As a branch of the Memorial University Library system, our holdings are catalogued in Memorial University’s Integrated Library System
A projection of what library requirements will be if we are to achieve our goals for the year 2020
“This [is] an opportunity to dream with a reasonable expectation that your dream may become reality.”
When faced with a large project my strategy has always been to bring the question down to its simplest elements:
Carlson, S. (2001). The deserted library. Chronicle of Higher Education, 49(12), 35.
“...more students are entering libraries not through turnstiles but through phone lines and fiber-optic cables.”
Cites a change in library usage statistics
“If you want students to use your library…you want to offer them everything they need.”
Buschman, J., & Leckie, G. J. (2007). The library as place : History, community, and culture. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited.
Authors conducted a survey in 2004 to study library usage patterns by “older scholars” vs. “younger scholars.”
Estabrook, L., Witt, E., & Rainie, L. (2007). PEW internet and American life project: Information searches that solve problems. Urbana, Ill.: Graduate School of Library and Information Science - University of Illnois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Libraries meet special needs. Young adults in Generation Y (age 18-29) are the heaviest users of libraries when they face these problems. They are also the most likely library visitors for any purpose. Most of those who visit libraries to seek problem-solving information are very satisfied with what they find and they appreciate the resources available there, especially access to computers and the internet.”
Freeman, G. T. (2005). The library as place: Changes in learning patterns, collections, technology, and use. In Council on Library and Information Resources, Library as place: Rethinking roles, rethinking space (pp. 1). Washington, D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources.
“If Faculty, Scholars and students can now obtain information in any format and access it anywhere on campus, then why does the library, as a physical place, play such an important role in the renewal and advancement of an institution’s intellectual life?”
“The library is the only centralized location where new technologies can be combined with traditional knowledge resources in a user-focused, service-rich environment that supports today’s social and educational patterns of learning, teaching and research.”
Public access terminals - to 20 seats
Information commons - to 30 seats
Electronic classroom – reserved for library instruction for early term and available for staff training in late term. Also used for information commons – 20 seats
The Marine Institute is situated on a hill overlooking St. John’s. The view from this perspective is unparalleled.
The new library would be a showpiece for Marine Institute. If well designed and constructed, it would be a certain stop for visitors to Marine Institute including potential students and clients.
“If you build it,
they will come.”