Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future

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American Library Association, 2001 - Architecture - 109 pages
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Sharing their experiences of working on more than 100 school building projects, two school library media specialists draw a road map for becoming building-savvy and avoiding school library renovation pitfalls. They also explain how to implement new school library standards.
 

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Contents

Seeing the Big Picture What to Expect and When to Expect It
1
Working Successfully with Key Players The Art of Communication
6
Communication Tips
8
Planning Your Program Its Never Too Soon
10
Planning for Technology The Essential Ingredients
13
The Challenge of Technology
14
A Connectivity Primer
15
Electrical Requirements
18
Creating a Comfortable Interior Lighting Acoustics Mechanical Design and Ergonomics
62
Acoustics
66
Mechanical Design
67
Making the Library Accessible An Inclusive Approach
70
Signage
73
Learning Styles
74
Safety Issues
75
Buying What You Want Specifications and Bid Documents
76

HVAC Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning and Climate Control
19
Telephone and Fax
20
Library Classroom
21
Planning and Uncertainty
22
Planning Space Allocation An Integrated Approach
23
Location of the Library
24
Seating Capacity
26
Creating a Functional Interior Zone and Furniture Plans
28
Furniture Plans
29
Behavioral Considerations
36
Furniture Plans for Three School Libraries
37
Exemplary Planning
41
Creating an Inviting Interior Furnishings
45
Sources for Furniture
46
Criteria for Purchasing Furniture
47
Key Features
48
A Final Word about Furniture Selection and Evaluation
60
Specifications
77
General Conditions
78
The Final Phases Construction Delivery Installation and Moving In
79
Delivery and Installation of Furniture and Equipment
80
Moving In
81
Learning from Those Whove Been There Sage Advice
83
Common Architectural Symbols
87
Suggested Space Allocations and Adjacencies
88
Sample Area Data Form
91
General Information on Shelving
92
Chair and Table Heights
93
Sample Furniture Specification
94
Furniture Manufacturers
96
USEFUL WEBSITES
101
SELECTED READINGS
103
INDEX
107
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Carolyn Markuson is founder and president of biblioTECH, which offers consulting services to schools, public libraries, and regional library systems. Previously she was supervisor of libraries for the Brookline, Massachusetts school district. Her professional experience includes working in several school, public, and special library environments as well as leadership positions in state, regional and national professional library organizations. She has a doctorate in curriculum media and technology from Boston University and a C.A.G.S. (Public Administration) and M.L.S. from Rutgers University. As a librarian, system director, and consultant, she has worked with school systems, librarians, and architects both in the USA and abroad to design school library facilities that facilitate learning and welcome students. Most recently, she has been involved in the development of community library projects in the northeast in which both school and public libraries function in a single facility. In addition to facilities design, her consulting services have included the development of strategic plans, and comprehensive school library program evaluations for school systems seeking state of the art school libraries.

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