The role of the library café as a learning space : a comparative analysis of three universities

Qi DENG, Bradley ALLARD, Patrick LO, K.W., Dickson CHIU, Wing Kuen, Eric SEE-TO, Z.R., Alex BAO

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

Abstract

Although food and drink have traditionally been prohibited in libraries, in recent years, there have been increased joint ventures between libraries and coffee shops like Starbucks. Although library cafés are perceived mostly for social networking and recreational purposes, an increasing number of students are conducting both their formal and informal learning at the library cafés, instead of inside the physical libraries. Using a quantitative comparative approach, this study also aims to identify the similarities and differences in the usage of library cafés amongst students at three different universities in Asia and the United States – namely, the University of Tsukuba, located in Japan, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Kentucky in the USA. Furthermore, this study explores the educational, social, and recreational roles that library cafés play in the students’ college experience and daily lives. Online questionnaire surveys were used to gauge library patrons’ usage and perceptions of both the library and café spaces, as well as their preferences for formal and informal learning and recreation. From the 314 responses collected from all three universities, the results indicated that a majority of the respondents considered the library café as an important part of their campus life, though a majority of them would still prefer formal learning within the library building, and certain recreational activities outside the library café. Besides, the library café also functions like a multi-functional hub where everyone can find their own use, ranging from being a place for learning to a place for socialization purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)823-842
JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Volume51
Issue number3
Early online date1 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

Fingerprint

university
learning
informal learning
recreational activity
joint venture
student
recreation
socialization
networking
Hong Kong
Japan
food
questionnaire
experience

Keywords

  • Academic libraries
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Tsukuba
  • collaborative learning
  • library cafes

Cite this

DENG, Qi ; ALLARD, Bradley ; LO, Patrick ; CHIU, K.W., Dickson ; SEE-TO, Wing Kuen, Eric ; BAO, Z.R., Alex. / The role of the library café as a learning space : a comparative analysis of three universities. In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. 2019 ; Vol. 51, No. 3. pp. 823-842.
@article{1263f5d55fa44618ac3edb3b70aead8d,
title = "The role of the library caf{\'e} as a learning space : a comparative analysis of three universities",
abstract = "Although food and drink have traditionally been prohibited in libraries, in recent years, there have been increased joint ventures between libraries and coffee shops like Starbucks. Although library caf{\'e}s are perceived mostly for social networking and recreational purposes, an increasing number of students are conducting both their formal and informal learning at the library caf{\'e}s, instead of inside the physical libraries. Using a quantitative comparative approach, this study also aims to identify the similarities and differences in the usage of library caf{\'e}s amongst students at three different universities in Asia and the United States – namely, the University of Tsukuba, located in Japan, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Kentucky in the USA. Furthermore, this study explores the educational, social, and recreational roles that library caf{\'e}s play in the students’ college experience and daily lives. Online questionnaire surveys were used to gauge library patrons’ usage and perceptions of both the library and caf{\'e} spaces, as well as their preferences for formal and informal learning and recreation. From the 314 responses collected from all three universities, the results indicated that a majority of the respondents considered the library caf{\'e} as an important part of their campus life, though a majority of them would still prefer formal learning within the library building, and certain recreational activities outside the library caf{\'e}. Besides, the library caf{\'e} also functions like a multi-functional hub where everyone can find their own use, ranging from being a place for learning to a place for socialization purposes.",
keywords = "Academic libraries, University of Hong Kong, University of Kentucky, University of Tsukuba, collaborative learning, library cafes",
author = "Qi DENG and Bradley ALLARD and Patrick LO and CHIU, {K.W., Dickson} and SEE-TO, {Wing Kuen, Eric} and BAO, {Z.R., Alex}",
year = "2019",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1177/0961000617742469",
language = "English",
volume = "51",
pages = "823--842",
journal = "Journal of Librarianship and Information Science",
issn = "0961-0006",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Ltd",
number = "3",

}

The role of the library café as a learning space : a comparative analysis of three universities. / DENG, Qi; ALLARD, Bradley; LO, Patrick; CHIU, K.W., Dickson; SEE-TO, Wing Kuen, Eric; BAO, Z.R., Alex.

In: Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, Vol. 51, No. 3, 01.09.2019, p. 823-842.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - The role of the library café as a learning space : a comparative analysis of three universities

AU - DENG, Qi

AU - ALLARD, Bradley

AU - LO, Patrick

AU - CHIU, K.W., Dickson

AU - SEE-TO, Wing Kuen, Eric

AU - BAO, Z.R., Alex

PY - 2019/9/1

Y1 - 2019/9/1

N2 - Although food and drink have traditionally been prohibited in libraries, in recent years, there have been increased joint ventures between libraries and coffee shops like Starbucks. Although library cafés are perceived mostly for social networking and recreational purposes, an increasing number of students are conducting both their formal and informal learning at the library cafés, instead of inside the physical libraries. Using a quantitative comparative approach, this study also aims to identify the similarities and differences in the usage of library cafés amongst students at three different universities in Asia and the United States – namely, the University of Tsukuba, located in Japan, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Kentucky in the USA. Furthermore, this study explores the educational, social, and recreational roles that library cafés play in the students’ college experience and daily lives. Online questionnaire surveys were used to gauge library patrons’ usage and perceptions of both the library and café spaces, as well as their preferences for formal and informal learning and recreation. From the 314 responses collected from all three universities, the results indicated that a majority of the respondents considered the library café as an important part of their campus life, though a majority of them would still prefer formal learning within the library building, and certain recreational activities outside the library café. Besides, the library café also functions like a multi-functional hub where everyone can find their own use, ranging from being a place for learning to a place for socialization purposes.

AB - Although food and drink have traditionally been prohibited in libraries, in recent years, there have been increased joint ventures between libraries and coffee shops like Starbucks. Although library cafés are perceived mostly for social networking and recreational purposes, an increasing number of students are conducting both their formal and informal learning at the library cafés, instead of inside the physical libraries. Using a quantitative comparative approach, this study also aims to identify the similarities and differences in the usage of library cafés amongst students at three different universities in Asia and the United States – namely, the University of Tsukuba, located in Japan, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Kentucky in the USA. Furthermore, this study explores the educational, social, and recreational roles that library cafés play in the students’ college experience and daily lives. Online questionnaire surveys were used to gauge library patrons’ usage and perceptions of both the library and café spaces, as well as their preferences for formal and informal learning and recreation. From the 314 responses collected from all three universities, the results indicated that a majority of the respondents considered the library café as an important part of their campus life, though a majority of them would still prefer formal learning within the library building, and certain recreational activities outside the library café. Besides, the library café also functions like a multi-functional hub where everyone can find their own use, ranging from being a place for learning to a place for socialization purposes.

KW - Academic libraries

KW - University of Hong Kong

KW - University of Kentucky

KW - University of Tsukuba

KW - collaborative learning

KW - library cafes

UR - http://commons.ln.edu.hk/sw_master/6112

U2 - 10.1177/0961000617742469

DO - 10.1177/0961000617742469

M3 - Journal Article (refereed)

VL - 51

SP - 823

EP - 842

JO - Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

JF - Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

SN - 0961-0006

IS - 3

ER -