Rod Library and Facilities Planning are embarking on a semester-long library building feasibility study. With the development of the learning commons, other space changes that have been suggested, and the integration of the UNI Museums into the building, we thought it would be prudent to take a more systematic look at library space.
We've hired OPN Architects (http://www.opnarchitects.com/
The goals of the library building feasibility study are:
- To analyze how library space is currently used
- Explore space trends in academic libraries
- Get feedback from various user groups across campus about what they would like to see to meet their needs
- Develop a 20-year vision for library space changes.
The result will be a report which will be shared with the campus and which will guide future library renovation projects, including the potential for a library-wide renovation at some future time.
Student Focus Group
Presentation by Sam Demas on library building trends
GENERAL WEB SITES
Whole building design: http://www.wbdg.org/
ARTICLES BY SCOTT BENNETT ON LIBRARIES DESIGNED FOR LEARNING
A mixed bag of resources: http://www.ala.org/
Association of College and Research Librarians (ACRL).
The ACRL Standards and Guidelines page contains links to the various standards and guidelines that have been established by the ACRL. Although several of the standards include brief statements about the facilities, none contains formulas for figuring space specifications. The general standard is Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. The three "Special Topics" standards may be useful in specific contexts: Guidelines for Curriculum Materials Centers, Standards for Distance Learning Library Services, and Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries.
ACRL has teamed with LLAMA to establish the Guide For Architects and Librarians: Resources for Planning Higher Education Library Spaces Wiki, to provide a basic framework for architects, planners, and librarians embarking on planning and design of libraries for higher education. This Guide will provide information for thinking about the design of new and renovated library space, and point toward additional resources that can support, inform and enhance the academic library design process.
USEFUL REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
SOME GOOD ARTICLES
Shill, H. B., & Tonner, S. (2003). Creating a better place: Physical improvements in academic libraries, 1995. - 2002. College & Research Libraries, 64(6), 431 - 466.
Shill,H. B., & Tonner, S. (2004). Does the building still matter? Usage patterns in new, expanded, and renovated libraries, 1995 - 2002. College & Research Libraries , 65(2),123 - 150.
CLIR publication with several authors: http://www.clir.org/
ARTICLES BY SAM DEMAS
“Rethinking Collection Management Plans: Shaping Collective Collections for the 21st century”, in Collection Management, v. 37, issue 3-4, 2012, p. 168-187.
“What’s Your Plan? Writing Collection Management Plans” in Against the Grain, March 2011.
“Shaping a National Collective Collection: will your campus participate?”, with Wendy Lougee in Library Issues v. 31, no. 6, July 2011.
“From the Ashes of Alexandria: What’s Happening in the College Library?” in Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space, Washington, DC: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2005, p. 25-40.
“Esprit de Place: Maintaining an Designing Library Buildings to Provide Transcendent Spaces”, with Jeffery A. Scherer in American Libraries, 33(4):65-68, April 2002.
Workshop 5 will be held December 10 in the Library. OPN Architects will be meeting with the Library Administrators' Council and the Steering Committee in the morning. In the afternoon from 2:00-5:00 the NISG will sponsor a Feasibility Study Open House on the second floor behind the Reference Desk. OPN will unveil conceptual drawings which outline a 10 year vistion for potential space changes to the Rod Library. Refreshments will be served! All are welcome to attend.
OPN will be giving a short 10-15 minute presentation on the drawings at the top of each hour that afternoon. We hope you will stop by!
10:00-11:00 Library Administrators' Council meeting, second floor, behind the Reference Desk
11:00-12:00 Feasibility Study Steering Committee meeting, second floor, behind the Reference Desk
2:00-5:00 Open House, second floor, behind the Reference Desk
Presentations will be made at 3:00 and 4:00.