Collection Reconfiguration / Increased Study Space
I’ve been studying at the Webster library for many years now and I was very enthusiastic when I first heard about the new study space project. However upon its completion now, I really couldn’t care less for it. This is because of the space being furnished with those old, elementary school-style chairs and tables. Aside from the fact that the chairs are just uncomfortable overall – especially for a person of taller stature like myself – they make annoying rattling and cracking sounds which can honestly be very distracting, especially for a designated blue zone. Indeed if they are meant to be permanent, this fact alone makes it more conducive to it being an orange zone.
I’ve been a longtime fan of the cushioned chairs – they’ve ironically been the subject of conversions with other students over the years. The subtle ergonomics of the chairs really do help relieve strain as they have a flexible, bounce-back effect that helps to conform to your body’s movement. Also the commercial-grade laminate tables are great because aside from providing an ample work surface area, they feel more clean as the cleaning staff are able to wipe them down quickly and effectively. Unfortunately this definitely can’t be said for the surfaces of the wooden desks.
If this new area could be furnished with standard commercial-grade workplace furniture, it would definitely be an even greater addition to the library. Indeed it perplexes me to think that such an elaborate project was undertaken just to produce such an unrefined end result.
Regardless of the actual furnishing though, will the tables also be outfitted with extension cords?
I have good news for you. The “new study space project” is far from completed. In fact it is just beginning! The furniture that you refer to is old furniture that used to be housed at the Vanier Library. (By the way, although you are not the first to complain about those wooden chairs, some people love them too!) Since Webster has recently acquired some much needed study space on the third floor and Vanier no longer needed the furniture, we moved it to Webster temporarily. Rest assured that this is not what the end-result will look like!
Thank you for taking the time to write. If you have anymore suggestions for the “new” Libraries, please send them to the Suggestion Box. I will gladly pass them on to the appropriate Library Directors.