A Planning Guide
About the Book
The life expectancy of a typical library is 20 or so years. This useful life can be greatly extended, however, with extensive planning and an informed choice of versatile, adaptable furnishings. Everything you need to know to accomplish this feat can be found within the pages of this volume. Professional, experienced advice and suggestions take the library designer through the entire design process.
This book provides a plethora of information from the planning stages through the finished media center—to allow any librarian or architect to make informed, cost-effective decisions. The work begins with the creation of the development team, explains terminology employed by furniture manufacturers and the conventions used for furnishing measurements. Topics covered include the installation of adequate (and stable) shelving; user-friendly seating arrangements; and plans for satisfying ever-increasing technological requirements.
Appendices contain a number of checklists covering such areas as the tasks and responsibilities of the development team; evaluations of various work stations and seating options; ADA surveys; and electronic planning. Detailed diagrams and photographs from completed designs are also included. From colors to work spaces and furniture composition, Tish Murphy’s twenty years of experience in the field provides the reader with firsthand knowledge regarding what works and what doesn’t in the world of library furnishings.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 50 photos, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2007
Table of Contents
Introduction: Anticipate and Facilitate Change 1
1. Laying Out the Library 9
2. Bringing Electrical into Furniture 40
3. Specifications to Installation 53
4. Shelving: Will It Stand the Test of Time? 74
5. ADA: The Primary Rule Is to Exceed Minimums 97
6. Seating: Types, Performance Testing and Use 110
7. Children’s Areas: (Quietly?) Entertain while Encouraging Learning 124
8. Teen Spaces: Created from Their Input 136
9. Lessons Learned From the Past to Embrace Technologies of the Future 143
10. Using Wayfinding: Signs for Identification and Information 155
11. Green Libraries That Work 165
12. Forward Thinking 175
Chapter Notes 195