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This paper describes [University] Libraries’ (Libraries) relationship with an industrial engineering senior design course by serving as a client in two different capstone projects. The Librarians involved were the Director of Public Services, the Director of Technical Services, and the Engineering Librarian. Each project involved a group of engineering students who were tasked with redesigning a library space to meet the needs of its users, one a public service space and the other a technical services space. The two groups of students used their engineering skills to evaluate the current space and study its users to then craft and model a redesign. Additionally, they had the opportunity to receive assistance concerning each project from a professional project design engineer employed by the university. The students attended weekly meetings with the Librarians and staff involved to update and receive feedback on their progress. The Libraries were able to provide the students with valuable experience in what it is like to work as a professional engineer in the field and helped them to understand the high level of communication necessary to do so. The students learned how a library functions and the necessity of understanding the organization’s operations in order to be able to fulfill the client’s needs. By serving as a client, Librarians involved in the process learned first-hand how to support engineering education and information needs. The Librarians were involved with the student’s workflow and understood when and why information was needed. The projects concluded with well thought out and extensive proposals for the redesign which have the potential to be a basis for future renovations.
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