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The Topography of Learning: Using Cognitive Mapping to Evolve and Innovate in the Academic Library

Donna Lanclos, Maura A. Smale, Andrew Asher, Mariana Regalado, and Lesley Gourlay; Association of College & Research Libraries Conference, March 27, 2015

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Transcript of The Topography of Learning: Using Cognitive Mapping to Evolve and Innovate in the Academic Library

The Topography of Learning:
Using Cognitive Mapping to Evolve
and Innovate in the Academic Library

ACRL 2015

#CogMaps http://tinyurl.com/acrlcogmaps

Lesley Gourlay
Donna M. Lanclos
Andrew Asher
Maura A. Smale
Mariana Regalado
Brooklyn College, CUNY
NYC College of Technology, CUNY
Indiana University, Bloomington
UCL Institute of Education, University of London
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Thank you!
Mariana Regalado
Brooklyn College, CUNY

Lesley Gourlay
University of London
Donna Lanclos
UNC Charlotte

Maura A. Smale
NYC College of Technology, CUNY

Andrew Asher
Indiana University Bloomington

Where/what are your
learning spaces?
UCL Institute of Education
Question for you!
What situations in your work might mapping be useful for?

Why mapping? We've found it
reveals the unrevealed
provides narrative to accompany statistics
can help justify requests for resources/services

Questions for us?
Identification index

Element = First Floor Information Commons Workstations
Category = Computers
Time Value = 1
Number of times element occurs
Total number of participants
Number of times element occurs
Number of times category element occurs
Representativeness index =

Mean value for when each element occurs
Temporal Index =
Reference/Circulation Desks
Study Areas/Labs
Information Commons Areas
High Identification
Low Identification
Librarian Offices
New Books
Much high-traffic library real estate was used for low-identification elements
Reflect a cognitive understanding of places/spaces
Sketch Maps

More important elements are more likely to appear
Spatial representation
Experience and model are interconnected
Take 5 minutes to draw a map of your learning spaces on the handout

Label the features on your map

If you'd like to share, tell us about your map:
where do you do your best work?
what spaces aren't a good fit for you?
Questions, Answers, Discussion!
Storify of tweets from the session:
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