Category Archives: Futurelib

Re-imagining library spaces at the University of Cambridge

Take a look at ‘The Tracker Project’ report by Furturelib! Students using the Chemistry Library wore eyetracking devices while finding books and other items – with fascinating results. We will digest the project findings and hopefully act upon them in future.

Let us know what you think!

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Snapshot: a window into Cambridge research lives

This is Futurelib reporting back after a fascinating journey into the worlds of chemical computer coding, animal foraging activity and jazz improvisation. Let me explain… This summer we conducted a…

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Embedded librarianship under the microscope

Blog post by FutureLib:

We are excited to confirm that we will soon be embarking on a new project exploring the fascinating area of embedded librarianship. We will be working with librarians across the University in order…

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Spacefinder website launched – matching your study preferences with available space across Cambridge

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The new Spacefinder website – the second project in the Futurelib programme – which matches student study preferences with available spaces across Cambridge has officially launched.

Whether a student wants to work alone or in a group, silently or with background noise, in a modern or historic library, Spacefinder will show them matching spaces nearby. However, the service is not only limited to libraries – the project’s research phase revealed that students enjoy a wider study landscape and that many prefer to work outside of libraries in coffee shops or common areas.  This is why Spacefinder helps students locate these spaces too, thereby supporting students whatever their particular needs.

The service can be searched by study preferences, keyword or by navigating a map of Cambridge. Images of the spaces help the searcher decide whether the space is for them, as does information on the facilities they can expect to find there, such as WiFi, phone signal, large desks, caffeine and natural daylight.

Try it out today! Spacefinder can be accessed at: http://spacefinder.lib.cam.ac.uk.

It is important to note that this is a pilot website. Please report any bugs or glitches to ap547@lib.cam.ac.uk.

Find out more about Futurelib here: https://futurelib.wordpress.com/.