Library Facilities--HIGHER EDUCATION

Title Abstract Publication Date
The Economics of Book Storage in College and University Libraries. Helps analyze the cost-effectiveness of housing little-used books away from the regular bookstacks, and the relationship of cost to to other factors in the problem of storage of rapidly expanding... 12/31/1968
The Elmer L. Andersen Library: Accomplishing the Impossible. Explores the planning, funding, engineering, designing, and construction of the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota that combined eight archives and special collection units into... 06/30/2003
The Impact of Technology on Library Space Requirements This brief research paper was undertaken to determine whether the digitization of information (and other new technological processes) will provide any future space savings for the undergraduate... 05/31/1996
The Information Commons: The Academic Library of the Future. Some academic libraries have adopted the idea of the information commons, a central location providing computers, information resources in various formats, and staff assistance. An overview of... 03/31/2003
The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library: How It Works. The new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago houses cutting-edge facilities for preservation and digitization of physical books, as well as a high-density underground storage... 04/30/2011
The Leading-Edge Library. Advises on cable installation for flexibility and growth in academic and research library IT systems. Recommendations for the constituency of the planning committee is included. 05/31/2005
The Learning Center. Describes and provides examples of the transformation of libraries from repositories of information to learning centers that provide not only access to information but also instruction on finding and... 12/31/2009
The Library as Congenial Space: The Saint Mary's Experience. Describes how the physical environment of the library at Saint Mary's University (Halifax) was developed into a more welcoming and inviting space. Highlights include the use of student marketing... 12/31/2001
The Library Morphs. Profiles the conversion of several higher education libraries into flexible learning commons. Changes include reduced book stack areas and transfer of some books offsite, acquisition of highly... 03/31/2008
The Modernization of Signs: A Library Leads the Way to Networked Digital Signage. The authors share how they were able to effectively use the digital signs found in stores, hospitals, businesses, and on billboards in an educational setting that included but was not limited to... 03/31/2010
The Next Big Thing. Portrays the University of Texas Library and Lecture Center in Odessa, Texas, whose design enables it to maintain a dramatic presence despite its proximity to the school's imposing academic... 12/31/2001
The Once and Future Library. Discusses the evolution of libraries away from information storage toward areas of collaboration. New expectations, types of spaces, experience, and problems are addressed, as are the... 12/31/2009
The Paul A. Elsner Library and High Technology Complex--A Place for Learning Discusses the new Paul A. Elsner Library and High Technology Complex at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Describes six planning goals for the facility, including access, integration of... 12/31/2000
The Puzzle Box. Profiles the new library at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. The modernist and Japanese-influenced design accommodates compact shelving storage for almost the entire collection of books, and... 09/30/2007
The Serious Matter of Informal Learning. Traces the development of three key types of learning centers intended as the university's primary support for informal learning, and raises questions about the limitations of this approach to... 12/31/2008
The Wisdom of Hindsight: A New Library One Year Later. The author shares his experiences in designing and building a library at Winona State University. Describes lessons learned about windows, emergency exits, wired study furniture, rest rooms, compact... 03/31/2001
Trust No One: Protecting Your New Media Facility Construction From Architectural and Engineering SNAFUS. This short presentation details typical construction errors that occurred during the building of new media laboratories at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Also defined are the steps and... 06/08/1999
Two Views on Trends in Public and Academic Libraries. In an interview with architects Mark Schatz and Ed Dean, such trends as multi-use, technology, aesthetics, sustainable design, and public input are discussed. 06/26/2006
U.S. Academic Libraries: Today's Learning Commons Model. Advises on planning a learning commons library, addressing the planning process and the spaces that support individual and group learning, presentation, technology, meetings, and socializing. 01/31/2008
UC Berkeley School of Law's Library Addition Sits Lightly and Gives Back What it Takes. Profiles this addition which overtook a green space, but compensated for that with most of its floor space underground, a rooftop garden, and transparent exterior. 01/22/2009
Underground Enlightenment. Profiles the University of Virginia's new Small Special Collections Library. The building's small above-ground portion thoughtfully replicates the surrounding neoclassical architecture,... 12/31/2005
University of Florida, Library West Addition/Remodeling. Profiles this LEED Gold certified library renovation and extension utilizing a cyber cafe seating plan, compact mobile shelving, and newly opened spaces within the renovated portion. Building... 10/31/2007
Vendable Reading. Describes automated library storage and retrieval systems, their advantages over compact shelving, and how they have been implemented in some higher education institutions. 10/31/2006
Vital Organ. Describes the University of Toronto at Scarborough's new Academic Resource Centre (ARC), which combines a library and 500-seat lecture hall. The building was designed to contrast with the mostly... 01/31/2004
Wandering Eyes and Security. Discusses library security in light of the expanding array of spaces and services that libraries provide. Glass interior walls improve supervision, and security tags on materials are recommended,... 10/31/2008