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VOYAAGERANGE: Ages 11 to Adult.
In this highly useful and practical guide, Baule provides information on all aspects of facilities planning for school library media centers and technology labs. Chapters cover initial and team planning, organization of visits at other sites, assessing needs, bid specifications and time lines, and the moving process. Baule takes into consideration educational issues that affect the need for flexibility and expandability in designing new facilities, although he does not relate these issues more directly to American Association of School Librarians (AASL) information literacy standards. Floor plans for existing school library media centers are provided plus several suggested schematics for elementary, middle, and high school library media centers. Detailed specifications for shelving, storage spaces, and furniture are provided. Other topics include design and placement of computer spaces in the media center, design of circulation desks, furniture, lighting, color and design, signage, and security issues. Useful questionnaires to help determine requirements are included in the appendix. One of the book's strengths is the focus on planning and designing spaces for technology labs. Various floor plans are provided, together with the advantages and disadvantages of each. Specifications are given for wireless networks, wiring, and cabling, and discussion includes the provision of mobile laptop labs, language labs, and computer furniture. This fine basic text is written in a straightforward manner that will especially benefit those school library media specialists facing the prospect of designing or renovating a school library media center for the first time. It isan excellent resource for professional development collections. Reviewer: Hilary Crew
April 2008 (Vol. 31, No. 1)