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Swarthmore College Library Technical Services Office Workflows Analysis, Workshop & Design

Swarthmore College Library Technical Services Office Workflows Analysis, Workshop & Design

Sorensen Partners worked with Swarthmore College to relocate the library technical services offices at McCabe Library to a new space within the library that efficiently meets the department’s present workflow needs. Sorensen Partners conducted an on-site analysis and programming study in conjunction with the College Librarian and relevant members of library and university administration and Technical Services staff.  Our work included one-on-one ethnographic interviews with staff using custom questions and mapping exercises developed by Sorensen Partners for Swarthmore – and an interactive staff workshop.

Existing conditions image of the technical services office.

We presented initial findings from the staff workflow research and workshop and worked collaboratively with library leadership and College project managment staff to create a schematic-level space plan for the new office suite.

The new technical services office suite is reduced in size from 2,623 to 1,120 square feet (a 58% reduction in space use) plus two spaces shared with students: a conference room (120 sf) and a single-occupancy workroom (40 sf).

The schematic design plan is presently being finalized, detailed and built under the direction of a local architect-of-record.