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Pop-up Library at the University of Birmingham: Extending the reach of an Academic Library by taking 'The Library' to the students.

Barnett, James and Bull, Stephen and Cooper, Helen (2016) Pop-up Library at the University of Birmingham: Extending the reach of an Academic Library by taking 'The Library' to the students. New Review of Academic Librarianship . ISSN 1361-4533

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URL of Published Version: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13614533.2016.1168307

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2016.1168307


Aligning with student engagement and promotional strategies, a Pop-up Library project was initiated at the University of Birmingham. This involved setting up temporary, staffed stalls in different locations across campus in order to informally communicate with students and effectively take ‘the Library’ to them. This article discusses the planning and implementation of the Pop-up Library, including the rationale for the initiative. Details are given of the stalls themselves, the wide range of staff involved, the many locations trialled, the promotional materials used, and the ways in which the venture was advertised and subsequently evaluated. Results of a questionnaire used on the stalls are presented. Conclusions are drawn as to the effectiveness of the Pop-up Library as a communication tool, with particular emphasis on breaking down barriers between students and library staff, and proactively raising students’ awareness of the many ways Library Services can enhance their learning.

Type of Work:Article
School/Faculty:Corporate Services
Department:Library Services
Additional Information:

This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an Article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the New Review of Academic Librarianship, June 2014, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13614533.2016.1168307

Date:18 April 2016
Keywords:Pop-up Library, Academic Library, Engagement, Promotion, Roving
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Copyright Holders:The Authors, University of Birmingham
ID Code:2166
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