Graduate Conversations: Assessing the Space Needs of Graduate Students

Kirsten Kinsley
Rachel Besara
Abby Scheel
Gloria Colvin
Jessica Evans Brady
Melissa Burel

Copyright ©2015 Kirsten Kinsley, Rachel Besara, Abby Scheel, Gloria Colvin, Jessica Evans Brady, and Melissa Burel, Attribution-NonCommercial ( CC BY-NC.


This article discusses the preferences, habits, and needs of graduate students as they relate to spaces for research and study. The findings are based on a large-scale ethnographic study of graduate students at Florida State University conducted between 2010 and 2013. Using a variety of ethnographic methods, researchers found that graduate students have diverse needs and unequal access to appropriate spaces and resources to meet those needs. Libraries can help fill the gaps left by home and academic departments by providing a range of spaces offering different noise levels, resources, and other amenities.