Universal Design

Universal Design

A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-Creating interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning, and Research

1st Edition - July 5, 2012

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  • Author: Gail Staines
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633077

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: July 5, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633077

About the Author

Gail Staines

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Saint Louis University, USA

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