Notes on "Seating Sweeps"
Seating Sweeps: An Innovative Research Method to Learn About How Our Patrons Use the Library
Mott Linn, Head of Collection Management, Clark University
- SPSS - Data analysis
- Created diagrams showing every seat in library.
- Every seat & group of seats was given an ID#.
- They took these seating sweeps one day per week during Oct & Nov. These sweeps were taken 4 times each day they were taken.
- They discovered that door count was not a good predictor of head count.
- The library's door count more than doubled after renovation, however.
- The coordinator of the seating sweeps created clear definitions of each item on the checklist. See Linn’s article (linked below) for the checklist.
- They color-coded the seating according to the level of use.
- Due in large parts to the data gained in these results & the renovations made, they won an ALA design award for this renovation.
- For Linn’s article describing this process, see: http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/conferences/confsandpreconfs/2013/papers/Linn_Seating.pdf.