The Design - Macquarie University Library “Forget everything you think you know about academic libraries …” This was the first instruction in the high concept brief issued to architects participating in the competitive design process of the new library. It was the best starting point for the University to achieve its aspirations to develop a new library building as a key campus facility and as a 21st Century learning environment. Trends in Academic Library Repurposing Ohio University Alden Library Learning Commons This is an exciting time for academic libraries as they change the way they become relevant to student learning. By repurposing spaces to meet the needs of students, libraries are becoming a destination on campus. I recently presented a webinar with Mary Beth Lock of Wake Forest University Library and Mark Haubenschild of Patterson-Pope, summarizing my experience working with over 90 libraries. To stay relevant, libraries are becoming the center for learning on campus.
The Most Spectacular Libraries Around the World View Slideshow As physical containers for a society’s shared knowledge, historical documents, and academic musings, libraries have always shouldered an enormous responsibility. But beyond merely serving as archives, the best libraries also inspire. Housed in architecturally ambitious structures, they are places that celebrate human achievement with awesome environments. Indeed, there are obvious parallels between an author and an architect—both strive for greatness, with the objective of producing works that will stand the test of time. In today’s digital age, some may question whether libraries are still relevant. School Library by WBDG Staff Last updated: 09-15-2011 Overview School libraries differ from most other types of libraries because they are contained within school buildings, which, in addition to library space, may include classrooms, auditoriums, circulation space, administrative offices, cafeterias, and the like. As a result, school libraries, or library media centers (LMCs) as they are commonly called, are smaller than their counterparts.
The Time Is Right for Libraries to Embrace Participatory Culture Antero Garcia delivered the closing keynote at the 2013 SLJ Leadership Summit in Austin. By Antero Garcia I had the pleasure of speaking at the School Library Journal Leadership Summit in Austin, TX. My September 29 talk, “Participation and Collaboration as Critical Transformation,” highlighted several examples of how I engage students in collaborative and transformative practices in my work as an English teacher in South Central Los Angeles and at Colorado State University, where I am an assistant professor of education. To help clarify and expand some of the ideas I shared at the conference, I summarize the key takeaways for summit attendees and SLJ readers.
Library Design by Greg Andrzejewski “The survival of the library as a space is not dependent on smart architecture (it may help though) – it is dependent on the ability of the library to meet the needs of people and convincingly add value to their lives” (Jens Thorhauge (2004). “Building Design for the Digital Age.”
What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? 3D printers like this one can be found at Monticello High School’s new library/WikiCommons At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for conversations, some school libraries are similarly re-evaluating their roles and expanding their offerings. Case in point: Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. When librarian Joan Ackroyd arrived there four years ago, she found an environment very different from the “engaging, creative, fun” elementary and middle school libraries to which she was accustomed. “Its library was none of those things,” she recalls. Library Buildings and Spaces Public Library buildings continue to change and develop. It's important to remember that mobile libraries provide crucial services in areas where people do not have convenient access to a library building. People places: A guide for public library buildings in NSW
Modern library learning environments Contents Modern learning environments: an introductionModern library learning environmentsKey elements in designing modern school library spacesDesigning library spaces for learningLearning spacesChallenges in rethinking library designStakeholders: MLLEs aligned with values, vision and goalsCase studies and examplesFurther reading Modern learning environments: an introduction The concept of the ‘Modern Learning Environment’ (MLE) encompasses an holistic approach that relates the pedagogy of learning to the physical and virtual spaces in which learning occurs. The New Zealand Ministry of Education offers links to international information on MLEs and CORE-Ed offers an MLE Matrix followed by some key points about the ubiquity of learning – requiring a learner-centred approach to time, place, access and support – and the networked connectedness of people and technologies that underpin this.
The Library Of The Future Will Probably Look Something Like This Or rather, the library of the future today. The Library Of The Future Will Probably Look Something Like This As the ways we access, process, and use information have changed, so too have the libraries that house the extensive collections of books, movies, music, art, and other media in which we find that information. Libraries are no longer just places to check out a book or to do homework; they’re meeting places, media centers, digital repositories, and wonders of modern architecture and design. While public libraries at the cutting edge of innovation may get the lion’s share of attention, many college libraries have also adapted to better meet the needs of the students and faculty who use them, adding amazing services and technology and creating spaces for students to study and meet that are sleek and stunningly modern. This list highlights just a few of the libraries around the world embracing new ideas and information innovations that make them stand out from the crowd.