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Emily Puckett Rodgers
As the head of the Library Environments department, I lead a team of librarians and staff to provide critical needs assessment, develop effective wayfinding in our buildings, and support process improvement efforts within our division and across our organization. Our team designs and implements user-focused research about how our buildings, collections, and services are used in order to inform physical design decisions across our library buildings. We partner with Library Facilities and other departments to facilitate the design and implementation of improvement and renovation projects in our buildings, aligned with strategic priorities and directions. We strive to enhance opportunities for collaboration, facilitate the design of thoughtful and effective workspaces and work processes, and enable technologically-rich learning and research activities in our library spaces.
My area of interest and expertise includes participatory research design, user experience research, and developing and conducting building evalutations. I employ strategies in design thinking and visioning to collaborate with colleagues to imagine and create physical spaces that serve the needs of our academic community, reflect our current staff workflows, and inspire our work and creativity in a 21st century academic research library.
Prior to this position, I helped to develop and launch the U-M School of Information program in entrepreneurship and innovation, designing and coordinating extracurricular activities and programs and conducting program evaluation. Also at U-M, I worked for an open education initiative, where I conducted campus-wide program evaluations, managed faculty and student projects, and coordinated training on copyright, open licenses, digital education strategies, and participatory education strategies. I have over ten years experience working in various positions in both public and academic libraries in Michigan and in Arkansas, including roles in circulation services, reference and research services, and youth services. I coordinate Library Journal's New Landmark Libraries series.
I have BA in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas specializing in cultural anthropology and an MSI from U-M's School of Information (UMSI), specializing in community informatics and library and information services.
I am the Library's Space Design and Assessment Librarian and the head of the Library Environments department. In this role I collaborate with library administration, librarians, and staff across all library units to develop, inform or coordinate major initiatives associated with designing adaptive learning and research library spaces to enable collaboration, facilitate innovative forms of research and learning, and effectively integrate technology in a residential campus setting. My efforts focus on informing holistic space and programmatic designs that make significant improvements to and demonstrate the value of the library to the campus and the broader academic community.