Funded by the Experiential Learning Fund of the University of Winnipeg, the students of ENGL-3120 Practicum in Literacy, Language and Literature have chosen to focus their class action project on the UW library. As an action project, they have proposed a temporary redesign of one of the study mezzanines to raise student awareness and interest in library study spaces. Through this creation of a study space, the practicum students hope to encourage their fellow UW students to contribute ideas about what they would like from the library and library study spaces in the future. The project will be promoted through posters, postcards, a design-oriented book display, and a little free library (leave a book-take a book) set-up in the UWSA Hive space. Students can submit ideas both through social media and through postcards, and floor plan ideas to be submitted into a dropbox in the library. The project will be written up as a report with findings and proposals for the creation of a future student advisory board, and other student-oriented projects/events at the UW library.
The project is part of an initiative to encourage experiential and hands-on learning in undergraduate courses at UW. The students work as a group to plan, implement, and report on their community-oriented project.