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List of figures
About the author
Chapter 1: Why interior design matters
The importance of interior design
What is Universal Design?
Designing for today’s users
Current thinking in academic library design
Chapter 2: Creating user-centered spaces in academic libraries
Strategies for gathering ideas
Developing a concept plan
Concept plan in action
A note of caution
Chapter 3: Universally-friendly spaces
Of rules, regulations and standards
The importance of color
Flooring selection and care
A place to sit
Lighting to task
A look at security
Chapter 4: Universal Design of learning spaces
Universal Design of learning spaces
Chapter 5: Potential collaborations
Determining the best collaborators
Chapter 6: Transforming spaces through the use of vignettes
Vignette 1: the reference desk dilemma
Vignette 2: meeting the demand for group study areas
Vignette 3: replacing the 40-year old floor
Vignette 4: reinventing staff space
Vignette 5: don’t over-design social and learning spaces
Chapter 7: Conclusion
Universal Design provides practitioners, graduate students, and other professionals interested in obtaining practical advice on how to effectively create and re-create interiors of academic libraries for teaching, learning, and research. The academic library ‘as place’ continues to evolve around the idea that the existing environment can have multiple uses. Partnerships with other college and university agencies, such as centers for teaching excellence and writing centers have compatible missions with those of academic libraries. Established within the building-proper these facilities will better serve students and faculty. The book fills the need for current information about how to effectively design and re-design academic library spaces to meet the ever-changing needs for today’s and tomorrow’s students, faculty, and researchers.
- Provides practical advice that can be applied immediately
- Includes brief and to-the-point explanations and information for the time-crunched reader
- Easy-to-locate references are provided if the reader seeks additional information
Directors, deans, and administrators of academic libraries worldwide; Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science; Academic affairs administrators; Those involved with writing centers and centers of teaching excellence; Information technologists; Interior designers and architects of academic library-type buildings
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- © Chandos Publishing 2012
- 5th July 2012
- Chandos Publishing
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"The author’s 25 years of varied library experience is very evident in this publication. She has a strong understanding of academic-library services and design and is very conscious of library users’ evolving needs as well as our changing staffing and workflow requirements. The information in the publication is up to date, explicit and well organised, with ideas presented in a logical and easily accessible manner."--The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 62, No. 4, 2013
Gail M. Staines, MLS, Ph.D., is Assistant Vice President for University Libraries at Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Western New York Library Resources Council and was visiting lecturer at University at Buffalo Department of Library and Information Studies. In 2004, the Library Journal recognised her contribution to the library sciences with their ‘Mover & Shaker’ award. Gail is a frequent national and international presenter, author of several articles and co-author of a number of books.
Saint Louis University, USA
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