Cline Library Master Plan
About the Project
As an integral part of the university, Cline Library serves as a leading future-oriented organization focused on creating a culture of innovation and delivering exceptional learning spaces and experiences to Northern Arizona University and our regional communities. With more than 525,000 annual visitors, the library building provides students, faculty, staff, and the community vital space for study, research, collaboration, and experiential learning. The library is an essential part of the NAU Flagstaff campus experience.
NAU, Cline Library, and the architectural firm Sasaki, have embarked on a master space plan for the library building to anticipate the needs of NAU and CCC students, faculty, and staff. The master plan process includes a comprehensive review of library programs, services, and space. The result will be a conceptual design for a building renovation that can be completed using a phased approach.
What is a master plan? Accordion Closed
A library master plan applies the mission, vision, and values set forth in the organization’s strategic plan. It includes a quantitative and qualitative analysis of space, including the flow of people through the building, technology, and other environmental conditions that meet library user’s needs. Through careful understanding of shifting library infrastructure needs, inquiry and analysis of student, faculty, staff and community recommendations, and application of evolving library programming, the master plan will create a step-by-step structure for the university to renovate the library building to create an engaging, flexible, and inspirational experience for library users.
Scope and Goals of the Master Plan Accordion Closed
Create a comprehensive shared vision for Cline Library spaces that reflect and support the mission, vision, and values of NAU and the Cline Library with an achievable framework for phased implementation.
- Conduct a holistic analysis of the Cline Library building. Include both public and staff space as well as building systems, physical infrastructure, and library program adjacencies.
- Apply our analysis of current and future library programming and services to re-envision space for library users and library personnel that enable transformational experiences to engage students in learning outcomes.
- Plan for the replacement of the aging building infrastructure to ensure the security and on-going access to unique archival collections we are entrusted to care for in perpetuity.
- Make experiential learning spaces and technologies more visible.
- Evaluate current programs and services offered by other units in the library and develop a sound approach for determining what programs and services make sense for location in the library going forward.
- Expand exhibit and performance/presentation space.
- Build on Special Collections and Archives as a vibrant, interactive learning environment with space for groups to interact with collections, interns to learn the skills involved in caring for unique archival materials, and exhibition space that allows for the use of original materials.
Questions we hope to answer with the Master Plan Accordion Closed
- Is a second library space desirable or practical for south campus? Or is it best to continue to invest in a single, centralized library?
- Should general stacks collections be stored elsewhere or should the footprint just be reduced to create more space for student learning?
- Will the long-term role of the Cline Library Assembly Hall change? What does NAU need this space to be over the course of the next decade and beyond?
- What actions can be taken with the building infrastructure to promote Special Collections and Archives and expand the use of unique materials at NAU?
How can I get involved? Accordion Closed
NAU hired the architectural firm Sasaki to create the master plan for the library. Sasaki distributed a MyLibrary survey in the fall of 2020 to gather input about Cline Library from the entire NAU community. Respondents gave Sasaki feedback on how they use the library building, where on the mountain campus they like to study, and what they’d like to see Cline Library offer.
Although the MyLibrary survey is now closed, if you are interested in sharing additional ideas, recommendations, wants, needs, or desires for the library master plan, please contact Cline Library’s Office of the Dean.
Who is the project team? Accordion Closed
The Cline Library Master Plan is led by a cross-institutional Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is responsible for ensuring recommendations from Sasaki meet the university’s needs. The Library Planning Team provides additional feedback on the building program, user expectations, and space requirements. The library CORE team is responsible for keeping the project on track.
The library core team responsible for project logistics is made up of Dean and University Librarian Cynthia Childrey, Assistant Dean Jill Friedmann, Cline Library Building Coordinator Lauri Budzinski, NAU Project Manager Taryn Williams, and Sasaki architects Lan Ying Ip and Robert Sugar.
The library planning team is made up of the Library Leadership Council: Cynthia Childrey, Laura Taylor, Jill Friedmann, Kevin Ketchner, Andrew See, Peter Runge, John Doherty, Mike Taylor, Sue DeVivo, and representatives from each library unit.
Who are the stakeholder groups? Accordion Closed
Stakeholder groups representing the entire campus met with Sasaki in the fall of 2020 to provide input from their perspectives regarding library programming and spaces in the coming decade.
- Undergraduate Student Experience
- Graduate Student Experience
- Faculty Experience
- Recruitment, Events, and Donor Relations
- Diversity and Inclusion Experience
- Technology Experience
- Academic Leadership
- University Library Committee
- Library Student Employees
What is the project timeline? Accordion Closed
October – December 2020: Phase 1 Visioning and Programming
December – February 2021: Phase 2 Concept Development
February – April 2021: Final documentation and presentation of the Library Master Plan to campus.