9/13/2018 (around 50 students)
- A few students indicated that they had reserved dedicated carrels in the past and agreed that they were dated/creepy.
- They seemed genuinely happy that there was consideration for collecting data on graduate student use and in developing a space for them. They were very engaged about details throughout the presentation.
- The locker idea was well-received – no concerns were expressed about the proposed size (i.e., a laptop, book bag, small number of books, etc.)
- While they were fine with the lockers being assigned, they thought that access to the space should be open to all grad students and not just those with assigned lockers.
- Agreed that power needed to be supplied to all seating areas.
- There was a general feeling of neutrality toward the idea of printing/copying than I would have thought. A few seemed to appreciate it but one student expressed a concern that the printer might be noisy. She seemed relieved to find out that the printer was planned for the locker space.
- For the walls, they liked the idea of frosted glass for the large wall closest to the exterior window. For the other walls, they were fine with the idea of a sheetrock half wall with clear glass above that – they thought that this would help if they were walking up to see if spaces were available.
- For furniture, they liked the desks shown but wanted to make sure that there would be enough space to spread out. They were also concerned that the dividers shown were not high enough. There should be tall dividers in between the carrels so that you wouldn’t see someone sitting across from or next to you. (They noted that the dividers should also be this high in the proposed reading room.) They did not like the smaller bar height tables shown on one of the walls. They said these had tops that were too small, are not comfortable for shorter students, and are better for areas where people would be talking to each other than a quiet space. They liked the idea of having at least some soft seating and commented that they liked the small wooden tables shown that are already used on the first floor. They noted that the seating arrangement should be changed where people wouldn’t be sitting looking at each other though as they had noticed on the first floor that seats went unused because of that configuration. There was some interest in the pods but they expressed concern about having enough space in them. One student wanted to know what we would do to reduce the chance of bed bugs. I mentioned that this hasn’t historically been a problem but that we would be using wood/vinyl surfaces rather than fabric and that this helped to keep the seats cleaner.