Michelle Hendley, Milne Library, has published a peer-reviewed article, “The carrels are essential”: An investigation of faculty study spaces at a mid-size state college, in The Journal of Academic Librarianship 45(2), 2019, pp. 84-93.
There is very little research on faculty spaces and space needs in academic libraries. This study evaluated both the need for faculty locked study carrels and faculty satisfaction with guidelines governing these spaces at a mid-size state college. Twenty-seven faculty who were assigned a locked study carrel in the 2012-13 academic year were surveyed. Surveyed faculty were satisfied with the guidelines. Faculty also emphasized that the locked study carrels were beneficial because they are quiet, distraction-free zones that allowed for ready access to the library’s physical collections and library staff.
Faculty perceived that working in the carrels facilitated their research and that there is an ongoing need for these spaces. The survey revealed faculty’s deep appreciation for the carrels and the quantity of scholarship they produced in these spaces. Consequently, the survey results highlighted the library’s value to faculty research and helped preserve the locked study carrels for faculty use. The full-text article may be found here.