Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers

Facilities Planning for School Library Media and Technology Centers

by Steven M. Baule
     
 

Plan, design, and build the library of your dreams! Use this step-by-step guide to remodel or build your new library. Includes case studies from practitioners on common facilities issues. Also includes ready-to-use sample tools and floor plans! This step-by-step guide offers all the technological and practical information needed to make a functional, enduring, and

Overview

Plan, design, and build the library of your dreams! Use this step-by-step guide to remodel or build your new library. Includes case studies from practitioners on common facilities issues. Also includes ready-to-use sample tools and floor plans! This step-by-step guide offers all the technological and practical information needed to make a functional, enduring, and accommodating library for the future. Includes checklists, forms, and timelines to guide you in your library planning journey.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
AGERANGE: 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)

From the Publisher
"Baule has experience as classroom teacher, library media specialist, technology director, and assistant superintendent for information technology. His wealth of experience in facilities planning shows in this second edition of his popular planning book. In simple but not simplified terms, he provides information on how to put together a planning team; how to perform a needs assessment for the library media center or technology lab; how to create bid documents and specification charts; how to develop time lines; and how to plan to move into the new facility once construction is complete. The helpful appendix contains checklists that will keep users organized and on track. Choices made in construction and furnishings will probably be around for more than 20 years, so anyone who is going to build or renovate a facility will want this book." - Booklist

"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 expandibility in designing new facilities, although he does not relate these issues more directly to American Assocation 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 provisions of mobile laptop labs, language labs, and computer furniture. This fine basic text is written in a straight-forward 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 is an excellent resource for professional development collections." - VOYA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780938865742
Publisher:
Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
100

Meet the Author

Steven Baule is the superintendent of schools at Westmont Community Unit School District 201 in Westmont, IL.

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