Planning For A New Generation Of Public Library Buildings

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Overview

The public library director needs information that helps in understanding what is involved in planning for a public library building project. This applies whether the subject is a free standing independent building, a branch library, a joint-use facility with a museum, a senior academic library, a community or junior college library, or a school library. Reading this book will not turn a reader into a qualified specialist on library buildings, but it will help librarians and others learn what should be known about a project so that they may function effectively as part of the planning team.

The concept of modern libraries is moving toward interactive connections with information sources far beyond the immediate community. For the contemporary public library, this means connection to a network, with several terminals constantly online to the Internet. New library buildings must be constructed with these and other needs in mind. The public library director needs information that helps in understanding what is involved in planning for a public library building project. This applies whether the subject is a free standing independent building, a branch library, a joint-use facility with a museum, a senior academic library, a community or junior college library, or a school library. This book will help librarians and others learn what should be known about a project so that they may function effectively as part of the planning team.

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Retired library directory (Clarion U. of Pennsylvania) McCabe, with some help from colleagues still working in university library administration, integrates ideas from the many studies of library design and construction with his own experience dealing with architects, contractors, library board members, elected officials, and librarians involved in renovating old buildings and developing new ones. The result is a step-by-step outline of the process for the novice or a checklist for the experienced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

GERARD B. McCABE retired as Director of Libraries at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1996.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1. Beginning the Plan 7
2. Data for Planning 21
3. Location: Finding a Site 27
4. Interior Design 35
5. Furnishing and Equipping the Library and Its Environs 41
6. Other Views 57
Using Small College Library Planning Techniques in Public Library Facilities Planning 57
A Place to Call Their Own 63
7. The Library Building Program 67
8. Reference Services to Special Collections 77
9. Children's Services to Meeting Space 85
10. Architectural Details 95
Appendix A. Joint-Use Libraries in Australia 113
Appendix B. Management Checklist 116
Appendix C. Furniture and Equipment Options for Public Libraries 119
Appendix D. Drawings 126
Appendix E. Safety Procedures Handbook 128
Appendix F. Conversion or Renovation of Other Types of Buildings 130
Appendix G. Library Building Program, Checklist of Contents 133
Appendix H. Sample Survey Forms 136
Selected Bibliography 151
Index 159
About the Author and Contributors 167
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