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Innovative Spaces in ARL Libraries: Results of a 2008 Study

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Respondents to a survey conducted by ARL during the late winter and early spring of 2008 described their work to provide learning and research spaces for their constituents.

The Innovative Spaces survey produced 98 instances of special or noteworthy projects being supported in ARL libraries. These instances are reported by 17 different subtopics. In addition, key-word searching can be applied to a PDF of the complete survey results.

An article summarizing these initiatives is also available “Learning and Research Spaces in ARL Libraries: Snapshots of Installations and Experiments,” by Crit Stuart, in Research Library Issues, no. 264 (June 2009): 7–18,

The survey invited all ARL libraries to describe innovative and noteworthy experiments in three areas: instructional programs, virtual resource development, and space initiatives. Responses to the first two elements of the survey (instructional programs and virtual resource development) were summarized in an earlier article with accompanying database.