Libraries have been evolving to meet the changing needs of their communities, embracing new technologies and expanding their role beyond traditional book lending. Many libraries offer digital resources, computer access, and even community programs related to health and well-being. We believe that integrating AI-based learning tools, such as the AI voice assistant used in the Translational Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago pilot study, could be a natural extension of these evolving library spaces.
AI interaction space
Imagining a new type of library space to support AI is a challenge. The library building often serve as community hubs that offer a range of resources and support services. As the interface to access information changes, we need to imagine how the library will be used in the future. For example, incorporating AI-based mental health interventions at libraries provides the community with an additional avenue for seeking support.
It’s important to include library consultant programmers that know how to implement AI-based space interventions at libraries. New space planning and design projects requires careful consideration and planning. Libraries need to ensure that the necessary space planning reports outline the private spaces or dedicated technology areas. Library programming helps iron out the details regarding space planning strategies. Designing a space to facilitate confidential and comfortable interactions with AI systems needs to be carefully planned. Library facilities need to be set up to provide appropriate training to assist library staff and patrons in accessing and utilizing AI tools effectively.
Certainly, collaboration with library science and architectural professionals is strategy to develop and refine AI space. We need to make sure the library adhere to ethical guidelines, respects privacy, and provides effective solutions. Library touch points can serve to connect individuals with AI-based resources while maintaining a supportive and compassionate environment.
Social media can have a significant impact on how we perceive and interpret library collections. It has become a primary source of information for many people, and its influence can shape our understanding and perspectives. However, social media platforms often prioritize content that aligns with our existing beliefs and preferences, creating echo chambers that reinforce our worldview and limit exposure to diverse viewpoints.
Selective exposure can reduce our ability to objectively consider facts and engage in critical thinking. Instead of seeking out information that challenges our preconceived notions, we tend to gravitate towards sources that confirm our existing beliefs. When it comes to planning library facilities we need to cast a wide net. We need to reach out to the community through social media. We need to survey the community to build support for the library. The planning process can also manifest in various aspects of fundraising and leadership support for the building.
In the context of the library science, Carol Kuhlthau’s work on the “zones of interventions for librarians” may be relevant. Kuhlthau’s research, conducted at Rutgers University, focuses on understanding the thoughts, feelings, and actions that students experience during the research process. Library planning needs to recognize the emotional and cognitive states of users at different stages of research. Aaron Cohen Associates, LTD can effectively support the library planning process and guide the management team.
Zone of Intervention
Providing spaces to serve at the “zone of intervention” requires recognizing the specific stage of the research process a student is in and tailoring assistance accordingly. For example, if a student is in the initial exploratory phase, library facilities can provide space to support AI search strategies. Libraries can create positive behavior that fosters an effective research experience. By empathizing with the users and understanding the challenges they face, Aaron Cohen Associates, LTD supports the library design process.
Zone of Intervention
It is important to provide library space for students as they progress through the various phases of the research process. These spaces can be collaborative, alone or alone-together zones. Defining the library spaces enables educational leadership to provide appropriate research support, and address users’ needs more effectively. Our library programming work acknowledge the user behavior and the students experiences.
A Better Way
Developing a more inclusive and supportive space plan for a library is a complex task that requires professional expertise. Library consultants can play a vital role in this process by providing a methodology to guide the creation of such an environment.
To build a library space that fosters critical thinking, information literacy, and deeper engagement with collections, our library consultants employ a comprehensive approach that takes into account various factors. This includes needs assessment, space planning and programming, accessibility, universal design, collaboration, technology integration and visualization. Basically, Aaron Cohen Associates, ltd provide creative problem solving during the planning process.