This chapter/paper appears in Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology, edited by Dr. Russell G. Carpenter. Copyright 20012, IGI Global, Posted by permission of the publisher.


Many institutions of higher education are designing spaces that reflect the established correlation between learning spaces and student achievement, mastery, and retention (Hunley & Schaller, 2006). In this case study of a renovation of an 18,327 square foot business library space into a dynamic learning environment, Melinda McGee, the Interior Designer for the project, and Tomalee Doan, the Associate Professor and Head Librarian of the business library, share the experience of their successful partnership that required a creative and an in-depth collaboration with each other and with several other stakeholders not usually found in an academic setting. Their goal is to provide a resource for educators, students, and administrators desiring to create learning spaces that encourage student achievement. Basic design terminology, the role technology played in the design, and the importance of the product manufacturer’s interest in creating effective products for higher education are presented.


active learning, architect, information literacy, interior designer, learning spaces, learning zone, library renovation

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