Library Facilities--HIGHER EDUCATION

Title Abstract Publication Date
Positioning the University Library in the New Learning Environment. Describes efforts at Australia's Monash University to reinvigorate the role of the central library and make it more pedagogically relevant by providing spaces specifically designed for... 08/31/2005
Reaching Consensus. Advises on how to coordinate constituent interests when building a new academic library. Meeting plans and exercises, architect selection, master planning, site selection, and massing are covered. 07/31/2008
Redefining Library Space: Managing the Co-Existence of Books, Computers, and Readers. Presents planning strategies for academic libraries that integrate digital products and print collections based on patron needs. Highlights include paperless libraries; space planning; two models for... 10/31/2000
Redesigning a Library Space for Collaborative Learning This article describes how a library space was redesigned for collaborative learning at Indiana State University's (ISU) library The library is the only centralized location where new and... 04/30/2007
Resources for Designing Library Electronic Classrooms This annotated bibliography identifies resources for librarians who are designing instructional classrooms. These spaces are complex environments and the needs of library instructors, students,... 03/31/1998
Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons, Loyola University. Profiles this library facility that features a radiant slab, a double-glazed atrium, and operable windows to yield energy savings of 50% over typical code-compliant facilities. Plans, photographs,... 10/31/2008
Santa Monica College Library. Describes this community college library expansion which doubled the seating, provides conference rooms, and created an outdoor seating area which has become the social center of the campus. Includes... 11/30/2005
Share and Share Alike? Presents an interview with two librarians who are participating in joint-use projects, one between a public library and a school library, and one between a public library and an academic library.... 01/31/1999
Size Matters: The Debate over Reference Desk Height. Summarizes the debate concerning use of desks versus counters in reference areas of academic libraries. Librarians argued whether patrons were more likely to approach a standing or a sitting... 12/31/2002
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) An association focused on the promotion, advancement, and application of effective planning in higher education. Website includes publications, information on professional development, and a...
Solitaire Confinement: The Impact of the Physical Environment on Computer Training. Institutions spend millions of dollars on computer training rooms yet give little thought to lighting, temperature, ambient noise, furniture arrangement, and other physical factors that affect... 12/31/1997
Solutions in Hand, Planners Earn High Marks From Their Peers Eight projects completed between 1995 and 2000 were recognized for excellence in the 2001 Library Buildings Award program cosponsored by the American Institute of Architects and ALA's Library... 03/31/2001
Some Considerations in Choosing Library Furnishings A library-furnishings consultant explains important factors to keep in mind when selecting furnishings: demographics; dimensions and budgets; how the interior should look (standard versus customized... 06/30/1999
Special Planning for Special Spaces. Selected Articles from Planning for Higher Education. Presents articles from the journal Planning for Higher Education organized around four core spaces commonly found on a college or university campus: cultural spaces, instructional spaces, student... 12/31/1996
Spinning Straw into Gold: A Community College Library's Twenty First Century Transformation. This article describes a library renovation project in a community college that involved using existing space and reorganizing it to support the way students learn both individually and... 12/31/2010
Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. These standards apply to libraries supporting academic programs at institutions of higher education and refer to financial support, space, materials, and staff activities. 05/31/2004
Student Center is Catalyst for Sustainability at Central New Mexico Community College Describes new student center and library on the main campus of Albuquerque's community college that contains a variety of sustainable features and student-oriented spaces. 02/29/2012
Studying Space: Improving Space Planning with User Studies. How can libraries best assess and improve user space, even if they are not in a position to undertake new construction or a major renovation? Staff at New Mexico State University used a variety of... 12/31/2010
Surveying User Activity as a Tool for Space Planning in an Academic Library. University libraries, and specifically the University of South Florida (USF) Library, are used for many different purposes that go beyond traditional library services. Activities users engage in... 12/31/2001
Swiss Eye-Opener. Describes the new law library at Zurich University, which was built within a 1908 laboratory building. The focal point of the building is a dramatic six-story atrium crowned by a glazed roof. Floor... 07/31/2005
Take a Seat -- In the Library. Offers comments from an interior designer about purchasing school library furniture. Comments cover such areas as client preference, the most important factors to consider when buying furniture,... 12/31/2000
Tama Art University Library. Profiles this new art university library, whose notable and innovative concrete arches emulate caves. 12/31/2007
The Academic Library in the 21st Century - What Need for a Physical Place? In May 2000, a survey of current academic library building activities in Australia and New Zealand was undertaken. The libraries were asked to identify current or planned building projects, the... 12/31/1999
The Architectural and Interior Design Planning Process Explains the planning process in designing effective library facilities and discusses library building requirements that result from electronic information technologies. Highlights include historical... 12/31/1993
The College Library in the New Age A virtual roundtable discusses recent themes in college library building design: consolidation, collaboration, and community. Physical challenges, such as ergonomics and energy, are explored, as well... 09/30/2002