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Space Preferences at Orkanen Library: What Students Value and Activities They Engage in
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

The thesis explores the space attributes of Orkanen library in relation to the students’ preferences when choosing a place to study and their effect on study and non-study activities. Based on their perceived importance the following space attributes were identified to be of high value: privacy, noise level, window view, natural light and comfort of furnishing.

The quiet zone of Orkanen library had successfully accumulated all of the above mentioned attributes. There, students could study without being disturbed or disturbing others. The sound privacy and the collective concentration were particularly motivating for the students. Despite the positive qualities that the quiet zone possessed specific internal and external disturbances were identified. The low noise level amplified intermittent sounds and had the potential to disturb students. Furthermore, due to its open, unconfined environment, the quiet zone was vulnerable to noises penetrating from outside the area. Certain space attributes such as crowdedness and noise level diminished or changed in quality towards the end of the day. Nevertheless the quiet zone was the preferred place for studies compared to other spaces in the library which possessed some but not all of the space attributes required by the students.

Restricted Access/Limited Control theory and the concept of exoinformation helped to identify that the students acknowledged the library as a public place to study while having some degree of control over their privacy. Natural barriers in the library were used to increase concentration and motivation during studying and in the few cases when privacy was required during non-study activities. In general, the leaked exoinformation was not considered to be sensitive or useful for the observer or the person being observed.

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2018.
Keywords [en]
space attributes, RALC, exoinformation, library, Orkanen, students
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-16003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-16003DiVA, id: diva2:1305686
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Library and Information Science
Available from: 2019-04-24 Created: 2019-04-18 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved

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