DMU hires researchers for sweet library ideas


By Jason Cowlishaw

An independent research company has been bribing students with sweets to find the best ways to utilise and improve current library services.

De Montfort University has employed ‘Nomad’ on a three-day contract which started this Tuesday.

Nomad are an interior design and consultation company which was founded in 2006 and originates from Glasgow.

The company has worked with multiple universities and commercial companies across the globe to provide suggestions for renovation improvements that could be made to public spaces.

Scott Mason has been working with Nomad for the past ten years and is one of the current researchers working on the project, he said: “De Montfort University has hired us to play the role of a neutral organisation who will be working directly with both the students and staff of DMU.”

Scott added: “We specialise in conducting a scientifically based research approach in a field where most interior design companies don’t listen to those most affected by the changes that we help to bring about.

“At the end of the project, the feedback and suggestions that we have collected will be passed onto the university so that they may choose how best to use the information.”

The researchers started on Tuesday at the Kimberlin Library entrance and on Wednesday the researchers relocated to the Food Village, today they will be positioned in the Vijay Patel building.

DMU Students wanting to get involved in the project should look for the posters which the team has placed around the campus.

Scott said: “With each new project that we take on we attempt to create a unique graphic identity that will draw in our desired demographic.”

“On this occasion, we came up with the concept of rewarding participants in the form of sweets, hence we created multiple posters around this theme, such as ‘a sweet idea’ and ‘something to chew on.”

Scott praised DMU students for being ‘very helpful’ in providing ideas and helping improve the library areas around campus.

“They’re a very helpful and quite talkative lot, there seems to plenty of students who want to stop for a chat and offer their input on how they believe their university could become a better suited and more appealing place to study.”

Ongoing updates on this project can be found on Twitter, under the hashtag #FutureLibrary as well as on their website:

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