Description

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.

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

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

Table of Contents

List of figures

Acknowledgments

Preface

About the author

Chapter 1: Why interior design matters

Abstract:

Introduction

The importance of interior design

What is Universal Design?

Designing for today’s users

Current thinking in academic library design

Conclusion

Chapter 2: Creating user-centered spaces in academic libraries

Abstract:

Introduction

Getting started

Strategies for gathering ideas

Gathering input

Developing a concept plan

Concept plan in action

A note of caution

Next steps

Conclusion

Chapter 3: Universally-friendly spaces

Abstract:

Introduction

Of rules, regulations and standards

Universal-friendliness

The importance of color

Flooring selection and care

A place to sit

Lighting to task

A look at security

Interior comfort

Conclusion

Chapter 4: Universal Design of learning spaces

Abstract:

Introduction

Universal Design of learning spaces

Conclusion

Chapter 5: Potential collaborations

Abstract:

Introduction

Determining the best collaborators

Conclusion

Chapter 6: Transforming spaces through the use of vignettes

Abstract:

Introduction

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

Conclusion

Chapter 7: Conclusion

Abstract:

Introduction

Challenges

Trending

Planning

Continued relevance

Specific take-aways

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Details

No. of pages:
176
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Chandos Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781843346333
Electronic ISBN:
9781780633077

Reviews

"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