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Kelly Broughton, Assistant Dean of Research and Education Services, and Ryan Spellman, Library Support Specialist, share a developing website for student studying resources with Graduate Student Senate on January 31, 2023.

Graduate Student Senate: Study Space Task Force presentation

Ohio University graduate student senate met on Tuesday to hear a presentation regarding OU’s Study Space Task Force and discuss their search for a new president.

Assistant Dean for Research and Education Services Kelly Broughton and Library Support Specialist Ryan Spellman kicked off the GSS meeting with their presentation updating the body on the OU Study Space Task Force. Broughton explained the task force began in August 2021 and is working on cataloging all study spaces at the university into a singular, accessible database.

In addition to locating all available study spaces, the task force conducted research to determine what students are looking for when they study and how satisfied they are with what is currently available. Within their sample, the task force found only 37% of students are satisfied with available study spaces, Broughton said.

Going forward, the task force is working to improve the initial database, which allows users to view all study spaces on campus, Spellman said. The current database was created with ArcGIS, a mapping software. The task force is working to make it more user and mobile-friendly, Spellman said.

As the task force continues to work, more updates will become available.


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