Tara Radniecki: Assessing lactation quiet rooms on a university campus

Tara Radniecki

Title

Assessing lactation quiet rooms on a university campus

Mentor

Tara Radniecki

Department

University Libraries

Bio sketch

As the Engineering Librarian, I work with faculty and students in the College of Engineering to help them access and utilize the resources they need for teaching, learning, and research. I provide instruction for undergraduate and graduate classes, provide in-person research consultations, and provide collection development support. As the Patent and Trademark Resource Center librarian, I help users acquire the information they need regarding patents and trademarks through individual consultations and workshops.

Project overview

The Committee on the Status of Women has worked to expand the number of lactation quiet rooms, also known as LQRs, available both on and off campus for our university community. LQRs are private spaces for those needing a place for lactation, administrating medication, engaging in prayer, or other situations where solace and privacy are needed for wellness purposes. This research project will use a mixed methods approach to assess the functionality of and satisfaction with these spaces in regards to whether or not they are meeting the needs of our campus community. This research will help inform how the university can continue to build upon existing services to create an environment that is welcoming and functional for our diverse community.

The incoming student will first familiarize themselfs with the topic by conducting a review of the literature and learning about the resources being offered on campus. Next, they will learn to administer a survey and design an interview protocol. Finally, they will learn best practices to analyze their data and write about it.