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Facilities planning resources
I had been keeping this information on my website, but as of November 2012, I have begun moving it to the wiki for better accessibility, more flexibility, and easier updating. Let me know if there is something you can't find. As always, the work on this site is under CreativeCommons License.
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 facilitie
s. with Jennifer LaGarde, 2014.
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
Flexibility and the future
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
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
I highly recommend Rolf Erikson and Carol Markuson’s Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future, 2nd ed, ALA, 2009:
Interesting TED Talk on designing facilities with acoustics in mind <
Hope this helps. Remember, all my writing has been approved by the AMA as a non-addictive sleep aid!
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