A few months ago I mentioned that I've been looking for examples of research/scholarly/faculty commons as I am chairing a campus group creating a plan for our research commons. I am still very interested in your thoughts and ideas in this area--please leave a comment or contact me directly.
So far in our process, we have conducted one focus group with graduate students with two more in the works: one for faculty and another for graduate students. We are asking pretty broad questions to get their impressions about services, expertise, facilities, and so forth. We are also in the process of developing surveys for faculty and graduate students. In general the responses so far haven't been terribly surprising--of course graduate students need comfortable chairs and coffee!--though we have learned great deal just after one meeting. I am looking forward to our next steps in the process and will post updates periodically.