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Planning for Humans: User-Based Design

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Module 5 Planning for Humans, Users-based Design

User based design is so logical and widely talked about today that it can be overlooked in designing alternative school library spaces.  It is ultimately what this course is about.  

We have discussed current solutions to the issue of what a school library should be, such as a Learning Commons.  We have learned how to work around biases that can stifle creative, alternative solutions. We have looked at alternative tools to use when considering or planning space.  Students have diagramed the trajectories that need to be considered in new library space, have overlaid those considerations with improvisational and dimensional elements.   In this module we will bring all these pieces together and plan a space that will work in students' individual school settings at this point in time based on the needs of their users.  

However, those needs will not be fixed. Thinking you can design a space today for an extended period of time can not be your goal.  Library space must have a multiplicity of trajectories.  You must design for current user needs. Provide tools to build their base knowledge while watching down the road for the next information explosion, the tools it will require and decide how it will impact user needs.  Leadership is really your goal.  Adapting the space that users need to be successful is merely a an ongoing task.