Planning the Modern Public Library Building

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This collection of 22 highly informative essays offers important insight into current activities in the area of building planning. Written by recognized building experts from the United States and Australia, the essays discuss critical planning issues from a management perspective.

Topics include space design; collection marketing; furniture selection; landscaping; accommodating different age groups; hosting activities and events; seeking support from the community; and more. Technology is given a high priority. A bibliographic essay provides an abundance of suggested titles for further study.

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Library Journal
If a new library is in your future, this is one of the books you will want to read as you plan. Building experts from the United States and Australia (both librarians and architects) contributed the 22 essays, whose topics include beginning to plan and key issues in planning, space, and building design; furniture selection; landscaping; services and accommodations for different age groups; rallying support for your library; and technology considerations. There is also an annotated bibliography. In the essay on library design, Valerie Meyer maintains that no one is better qualified than librarians to design a new library especially because of their experience and organizational and customer service skills. She outlines the various sections within the library and what to consider as part of the design. Robert W. Fetzer discusses advantages and disadvantages of ordering stock furniture vs. custom-made. He also covers different woods, how they are cut, their appropriate uses, and how this has an effect on furniture construction. Authors James Flott and Merri A. Hartse consider the importance of landscaping in ecological terms, as a matter of safety and security, and managing the plants after the initial installation. From inside to outdoors, all areas are given consideration. The essays all contain a current and helpful bibliography of other readings on the topic, which readers will find invaluable. Use this excellent resource in conjunction with Lee Brawner's Determining Your Public Library's Future Size: A Needs Assessment and Planning Model; William W. Sannwald's Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, 4th ed.; Nolan Lushington's The Design and Evaluation of Public Library Buildings; and Anders C. Dahlgren's Public Library Space Needs. Recommended for public librarians.-Marie Bruni, Huntington Memorial Lib., Oneonta, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author

GERARD B. MCCABE is retired Director of Libraries, Clarion University, Pennsylvania.

JAMES R. KENNEDY is University Librarian, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Planning Begins 1
1 Early Planning for a New Library 3
2 Before Sizing Your Building, Reinvent It: Think New Services, Collections, and Equipment 17
3 Greening the Library: An Overview of Sustainable Design 31
4 An Ounce of Prevention: Library Directors and the Designing of Public Libraries 47
Pt. II Rallying Support 53
5 Community Involvement in the Library Construction Process 55
6 Getting to Yes: The Public Library Building Process in Henrico County, Virginia 67
Pt. III Key Issues for Planning 73
7 Retail Technology Applications and Their Role in the Modern Library 75
8 A Guide to Selecting Library Furniture 89
9 Landscape Design, Establishment, and Maintenance 113
Pt. IV Joint-Use Libraries 127
10 Joint-Use Libraries: The Ultimate Form of Cooperation 129
Pt. V Services for Children, Young Adults, and Seniors 149
11 Designing Library Space for Children and Adolescents 151
12 Using Teen Patrons as a Resource in Planning Young Adult Library Space in Public Libraries 161
13 Creating a Senior-Friendly Library 171
Pt. VI Technology 175
14 Wireless Networking in the Library: Creating Network Connectivity Throughout the Library - a Decision-Making Guide for Planners 177
15 Considerations in Planning and Managing Computer Services 187
16 The Importance of Lighting 199
17 New Concepts for Technology in Library Design 205
Pt. VII Notable Buildings 215
18 Pustaka Negeri Sarawak: Sarawak State Library and Multimedia Centre 217
19 Historic Libraries and Their Enduring Value: Brooklyn Public Library Renews Its Historic Buildings 229
Pt. VIII Bibliographic Essay 247
20 Annotated Bibliography: Planning, Designing, and Building Public Libraries 249
App Prequalification Form for Library Furniture Manufacturers 257
About the Editors and Contributors 265
Index 269
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