Planning, Renovating, Expanding, and Constructing Library Facilities in Hospitals, Academic Medical Centers, and Health Organizations

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Get the tools to meet the challenge of building or renovating a library!

The challenge of renovating or constructing a library requires organizational skill, resourcefulness, creativity, and willingness to compromise. Planning, Renovating, Expanding, and Constructing Library Facilities in Hospitals, Academic Medical Centers, and Health Organizations presents thirteen insightful case studies revealing how many libraries have been have been built or renovated using innovations designed to meet a specific organization's needs. Each study plainly highlights objectives, methods, results, and conclusions, and reviews the design of the completed library. Ideas and approaches are presented clearly, showing the designing, refurbishing, and refurnishing of existing library space; the merging of library collections and services; and the construction of multimillion dollar library buildings—with each study explaining proven strategies which can be used or adapted to fit the reader’s own circumstances.

Planning, Renovating, Expanding, and Constructing Library Facilities in Hospitals, Academic Medical Centers, and Health Organizations explains the steps in the planning process, including needs analysis, goal setting, and public relations, as well as the practical considerations of packing and unpacking. The contributors are noted library authorities intimately involved in every facet of the construction procedure and cost accounting, and the book includes helpful photographs, illustrations, tables, and appendices to clarify and help practicing librarians and library students alike fully understand the strategies needed to create a functional library facility that fulfills expectations.

Planning, Renovating, Expanding, and Constructing Library Facilities in Hospitals, Academic Medical Centers, and Health Organizations includes case studies of:

  • a resource library moved into a basement
  • renovations to the Osler Library at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
  • construction of the Booker Health Services Library at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • a merger of two libraries at Trinitas Hospital, Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • the renovation of a small hospital library
  • designing a new library in a historic naval hospital
  • the Hope Fox Eccles Clinical Library Renovation Project
  • expansion and renovation of the Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University
  • and much more!
Planning, Renovating, Expanding, and Constructing Library Facilities in Hospitals, Academic Medical Centers, and Health Organizations is an insightful resource for educators, students, and librarians of all types.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Joy H Harriman, MBA, MLS (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)
Description: In her introduction, Connor states, "This book contains descriptive and practical information for...librarians who are planning to refurbish, renovate, or construct a library..." She delivers on her promise.
Purpose: A wide range of qualified librarians present thirteen tightly written case studies describing the setting, objectives, methods, results, conclusions of their unique project, and reviews the design of the completed library. The writing style is consistent, easy to follow, and clearly presents ideas, experiences, and the personality of the project under scrutiny.
Audience: Written for anyone interested in building or renovating a library, Connor has used her considerable experience to select cases and projects that reflect the broadest variety of situations anyone might encounter.
Features: Building or renovating is not always pleasurable: after the initial energy rush, the feeling of slogging through the high water of 'opportunities' becomes consistent and never-ending. The case studies presented here discuss each opportunity with innovation and patience, expressing the reality of experience and the significant pleasure of completion. These authors made choices and share the decisions and results with the reader. Their lessons are something not usually learned until after a project is completed. Learning from their experiences may reduce negative results. Without getting monotonous, the studies are detailed enough to leave the reader curious for more. The studies also include the origins and evolution of each library. That is interesting from a historical perspective and very interesting from an evolving profession perspective. These studies recount not only the developing physical facility but the developing use of information. The changing library building seems to have become the metaphor of a change oriented information culture.
Assessment: The case studies inform about the evolving nature of the librarian's profession. Each project may build a physical facility but it also reinforces that building, managing, and growing a library can only be done through people and communication skills. Regardless of the library's focus, it's the people who make it work.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Special libraries
Case study 1 ACOG resource center happily moves to the basement 5
Case study 2 Preserving medical history : recent renovations to the Osler Library 25
Pt. II Hospital libraries
Case study 3 Booker Health Sciences Library 47
Case study 4 A tale of two libraries : overview of a merger 61
Case study 5 Renovating a small hospital library 73
Case study 6 Blending the new with the old : designing a new library in a historic naval hospital 87
Case study 7 The hope for Eccles Clinical Library renovation project 103
Pt. III Academic medical center libraries
Case study 8 Managing a library renovation project : a team approach 117
Case study 9 Continuous library facility improvement at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center 133
Case study 10 The McGoogan Library of Medicine : a value-added approach to renovation 149
Case study 11 Ebling Library : planning a three-library merger and move 175
Case study 12 The Welch Medical Library : a new model for the delivery of library services 187
Case study 13 Library renovation planning 203
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