How is the Library Redesigned?

posted Aug 28, 2013, 8:57 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 29, 2013, 3:15 AM ]
By: Pok Him Siu, Steve Qian, Edwin Chiu & Ricky Chung
Aim: To improve student and teacher experience in the library, and to design a solution such that all constraints are met.
We aim to do this by...
1. Increasing the amount of computers, which complement a full class.
2. Rearranging the existing computers into a formation such that groupwork and teacher supervision can be both be faciliated.
3. Fulfilling the goals above while still sticking to constraints.

Hypothesis: Having a redesigned layout of the library (especially the computers and their desks) will allow for more more efficient groupwork.  The new bookshelves will be on the walls, maximising the potential that room holds.


Equipment: Computers, tables, library, paper, pen, tape measure, shelves, books

Project Management Techniques

The Project Management Life Cycle is used extensively in order to plan, design and implement this project. In “understanding the problem”, the library decided that they wanted a better layout for the library computers in order to improve student efficiency and experience, by allowing for groupwork. In “Designing a solution”, the library started to try and design the physical layout of the library to fit space and money constraints. The school hired interior design specialists to design the new physical layout of the library. In this stage, many problems were faced as they realised that the library had many constraints imposed. We went through about 7 design plans, rejecting each one with problems. Some problems included the poles, space constraints and the best entry. After running through each plan and finding faults, we finally came up with a proper solution.


1. Understand the problem

Group discussion, surveys/questions

This project came about due to the ubiquity of technology. The library wasn't making the most of the space available, and it was inconvenient as students were all spread out over the library, making groupwork difficult.

2. Designing a solution

Feasibility study, requirement report, project plan, spiral approach

In this stage, we satisficed through a number of possible "solutions" until we found one that best fit the objectives, whilst sticking to constraints.

Possible constraints included...

1. The amount of space available to accommodate both the students and computers.

2. Wants and needs of parties involved (students, teachers, library staff). As an example, one design was scrapped because 6 computers were isolated. This was an act of consideration to the students.

3. Safety requirements - poles and safety exits for fire hazards.

3. Implementing a solution

Direct implementation.

The spiral approach was used to develop and to make the new design. After finishing the design, we used direct implementation to implement the project.

4. Maintaining, testing, evaluating

Regular and repair maintenance, user satisfaction survey

This will come at a later stage, when the solution is completed.

Social and Ethical Issues!

The re-designing of the library raises a number of social and ethical issues, these include:

Convenience - Students are now able to communicate much more easily, and allows teachers to supervise and monitor student work with minimum effort

Changing Nature of Work - As the world 

becomes more focused and reliant on computerised technology, there is a greater focus on the quality and quantity of these services. This can be seen from the current work in the library. Because of this changing nature of work, there was a need for the redesigning of the layout in order to both increase convenience and efficiency of placement and to facilitate the increase in the number of computers.

Digitisation of data - Even libraries, which are primarily places for books, is being changed to revolve around computers. This clearly reflects the social and ethical issue of “digitisation of data”, where the Information Age has caused our lives to become more and more centred around technology.


To be announced.


In a physical point of view, the furniture was rearranged and added to help improve the library.  An extra computer was added to allow a full class of students to use the computers at once.  The tables were also rearranged into pod-shapes to allow for enhanced group work.