ASSOCIATES (2005, November, v. 12, no. 2) - associates.ucr.edu
*Poor Design Equals Poor Health?*
Jim Jackson, University of Exeter
Lydia Collins-Kern California State University
Having worked in a library of one sort or another for most of our working lives, we have seen a variety of Issue/Circulation/Access Services Desks. These have varied from the carefully designed counter which library staff and patrons’ liked, to those that have been designed to look good but are practically unusable for library staff and patrons alike.
What Lydia Collins-Kern and I would like to do is some research on the effects of these variations of work areas and describe/discuss how bad design affects those of us who work in the library environments.
If one were to use a standard search engine to locate information for the effects of repetitive strain injuries for library staff, very few results would be found. We would like to take a pro-active approach in changing this with the help of Associates readers input to the following questionnaire. By completing and returning this questionnaire to us, we will compile the answers for a future edition of Associates where we will try to discover what effects us, how it affects us and what if any common solutions can be found to combat the problems.
Any information sent in reply to this questionnaire will be considered confidential and while the information will be used to compile a report no personal details will be used or released to anyone. To assist with the statistics please indicate which country you are in, and which type of institution you work in.
Thank you in advance for your participation.
|The survey has ended. Thank you for your interest. If you would like to contact the author, write to: J.G.Jackson@exeter.ac.uk. The results will be published in the July 2006 issue of Associates.|