A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher Envisioning the Future of the Research Library

 » In 2014, Kornelia Tancheva and I met to discuss a question of great interest to Cornell University Library: how would you design a research library to respond to the preferences and needs of today’s researchers? That is, if you could create a mental space in which you learned from the past without being encumbered by an uncritical acceptance of the status quo, what kind of library might you design for the future? (…)

The success of the “Day in the Life” method in the Illinois study suggested that it might be a good way to start answering the questions raised at Cornell University Library. Kornelia liked the idea and recruited Gabriela Castro Gessner, Darcy Branchini, Erin Eldemire, Heather Furnas, Gail Steinhart, and Neely Tang to conduct the project with her. (…)