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The Organization of a Writing Center

If your goal is for an harmonious environment that encourages community, collaboration, and free-thinking, what kind of layout for writing center spaces best accomplishes that end?

"The organization productivity depends upon efficiency and effectiveness of the staff, the work space should be utilized in such a dynamic manner that it caters for convenient placement of working teams and office equipment is in close proximity to make it of better operational use."
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According to New Environments for Working" [writing centers], need not adapt for space, but space should adapt for them and therefore writing centers should not be afraid to refurbish.  As the main source of current information about work spaces, their theory includes identifying a new language concerning office space, a new point of view, and a new framework. 

WRITING CENTER TYPE MODEL

Hive
Den
Cell
Club


Pattern

Staff
Work
 Independent
Work
 Regular
Group Work
Intermittant
Group Work


Type of Space

Open space
Minimal partitions
Siimple space standards

Highly cellular
Enclosed space
Group sapce
Complex/continuous spaces
Diverse, complex
Based on high variety of tasks


Technology

Simple terminals or networked PCs Individual PCs on networks or
laptops
PCs and shared specialized group equipment Individual PCs on network and laptops and
other communication tools


FENG SHUI

Feng Shui which means “wind” and “water” is a traditional art of living based on a philosophy strongly rooted in spirituality. More simply put, Feng Shui, is the idea or practice, if you will, of living in harmony with the natural world. Though the spaces that you live or work in differ, the principles of Feng Shui remain the same.


INCREASED EFFICIENCY

When designing a kitchen, a common approach is to create a work triangle to help decrease the amount of movement by situating the main three kitchen tools (stove, fridge and sink) in a triangle. The same principle can be applied to an office set up.

PRODUCTIVITY AND MORALE

Open space and department teams arranged more logically

WRITING CENTER OF THE FUTURE

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

 

COMMUNITY • COLLABORATION • FREE-THINKING
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Developed for NCWCA Conference 2010
Revised for PNWCA 2014


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