Facilities planning resources


Much of this information has been updated, organized and condensed into the facilities chapter of my book, The Indispensable Librarian, 2nd ed.

Seems like this question’s asked on a regular basis:
  • I received a request from a fellow media specialist, for information on building a new media center. I know many of you have been looking at plans for designing school library spaces. Could anyone out there in school library land share some of what you have learned and any good sources you found? I am happy to compile any hits I receive.

So as much for my own convenience as any service, here’s a short bibliography of things I’ve written on library facility design.

Chapter 3 from The Librarian's Role in 1:1 Programs on facilities. with Jennifer LaGarde, 2014.

No more offices December 3, 2103

The New School Library” Power Up column, Educational Leadership, October, 2013

Changed but Still Critical: Brick and Mortar School Libraries in the Digital Age,”InterED, Association for the Advancement of International Education [AAIE], Fall 2010.

What spaces do libraries need? Blue Skunk blog, October 9, 2012

Imagining the Future of the School Library (with Rolf Erikson), DesignShare, November 2nd, 2006

Some design considerations when building or remodeling a media center, ERIC ED425609, Jan 1, 1998

Building Digital Libraries for Analog People: 10 Common Design Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them, Knowledge Quest (AASL), May/June 2000

Facilities planning survey, Blue Skunk blog, March 2, 2009

Library design advice from the ancients, Blue Skunk blog, May 14, 2008

School libraries as a third place, Library Media Connection, August 2010.

Theory into practice - Rolf Erkison on third place libraries, Blue Skunk blog, February 18, 2009.

A Jolt of Java @ Your Library and Jolt of Java Revisited (Coffee shops in school libraries), Blue Skunk blog, October 2005.

What you see and what you don’t see: a tour of Mankato’s Dakota Meadows Middle School, Minnesota Media, Winter 1993

My Pinterest on school facilities (under construction)

I highly recommend Rolf Erikson and Carol Markuson’s Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future, 2nd ed, ALA, 2009:
http://www.amazon.com/Designing-School-Library-Center-Future/dp/0838909450/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258714257&sr=8-1

Interesting TED Talk on designing facilities with acoustics in mind <http://www.ted.com/talks/julian_treasure_why_architects_need_to_use_their_ears.html?source=email#.UFyjAdUQ5lJ.email>

Hope this helps. Remember, all my writing has been approved by the AMA as a non-addictive sleep aid!