June 22, 2017

What’s Hot

Compiled by Ann Kim

The latest in library products & furnishings

Compiled by Ann Kim — Library Journal, 05/15/2009


ARCHIVAL

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Responsible binding Replace toxic vinyl binders in office, school, and library environments with the Eco Binder. Available in three designs for various needs, it has a core of 96 percent postconsumer waste plus four percent recycled-material binders board manufactured in the United States with waste paper from the state of Connecticut. Made of acid-neutral board, 100 percent cotton cloth with water-based acrylic coating. An independent testing lab confirmed that the hinges are strong; flex tests of over 50,000 openings and closings revealed no visible change. List Price: $10–$12.50. Archival Products, a division of Library Binding Service, 800-526-5640, www.archival.com


AUDIOVISUAL

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Safe away Prevent damage to your Playaway audio programs with this drop-box-friendly Playaway Security Case with reinforced construction. The polycarbonate clip locks and secures Playaways in the case and is opened with a key at checkout. Case holds Playaway, earphones, and batteries in exclusive protective foam insert. List Price: $7.49. Showcases, 800-240-1850, www.showcases1.com
Play the blus These Poly Blu-Ray Cases hold from one to ten discs. The inside cover will hold small booklet under clips. Full wraparound clear vinyl sleeve opens at the top and bottom and is unattached at the spine. List Price: 99¢. Showcases, 800-240-1850, www.showcases1.com


BOOK CARTS/TRUCKS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Rub-a-dub-tub Ideal for moving bulky, oddly shaped children’s products, the Tub Truck can transport all of your essentials or let you set up a mobile display. Strong 16-gauge steel (the strongest in the market), 1" round tubing, and sound absorption mats under every shelf provide quiet performance. Available in ten colors and supports up to 500 pounds evenly distributed. List Price: $240–$270. Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

No spill shelves This steel, double-sided display Book Truck has shelves with backstops that keep books from spilling. The Durecon shelving design allows configurations to adapt to changing needs. Large clearances between shelves accommodate taller, oversized reference works and children’s books. Nut-and-bolt hardware is included with every piece to allow lock assembly. List Price: Call for price. Palmieri Furniture, 800-413-4440, www.palmierifurniture.com


BOOK COVERS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Adhere no more! The first automated system that envelops the entire book with a dust jacket without any adhesive, the CoLibri Book Cover System process takes less than 30 seconds and consolidates a library’s entire book-covering operation into a single operation. Special polyethylene covers protect all edges yet can be removed or replaced without damaging the end sheet, book cover, or dust jacket. List Price: machine, $1,099–$1,295; book covers, 89¢–92¢ ea. Archival Products, a division of Library Binding Service, 800-526-5640, www.archival.com


BOOK RETURNS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Exposure proof Aluminized coating on all surfaces and a stainless steel kick-plate around the bottom of each Outdoor Book Return maintains the integrity of its construction and keeps rain and snow out. A 4" x 19" chute minimizes the force at which a book falls, and stainless steel piano hinges resist rust. The pull-down chute door will not flap open in the wind. Locking chute and collection doors offer an additional layer of security. Includes a maintenance kit, assembly instructions, and four self-applying graphic decals. Built-in debris trap guards against leaves, liquids, and other unwanted items. Available in blue or bronze powder-coated paint finishes. Choose from three decal options in black or white. Hood can be installed onsite to face any direction. Holds up to 100, 250, or 400 standard size books. A Double Drop Outdoor Book Return is also available and holds up to 250 standard-size books and 750 DVDs. List Price: $1,865–$2400; Double Drop, $3550. Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com


BOOK SCANNERS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

A scanner lightly The 5004C Advanced Color BookScanner and the 5004GS Grayscale BookScanner are the latest technology for the scanning of bound books and very large-size documents, up to 16.53" x 24.80" at optical resolution of 300, 400, and 600 dpi (dots per inch). They maintain the original condition of a bound book even if it is in a fragile condition. They combine a state-of-the-art scan lens, a high-quality CCD image sensor, and white LED lights, clustered in a mobile strip that follows the scanners’ movement. A built-in motorized book cradle helps overcome the unevenness of thick books. An optional glass plate helps flatten large documents and books. Onsite installation, training, and ongoing service are extra advantages. List Price: $27,500. Indus Intl., 608-786-0300, www.indususa.com


CARPETS & RUGS

Architectural aesthetic Applying an architectural theme to textiles was the point of inspiration for Functional Expression Carpet, which consists of five products. Functionalism was a doctrine developed in both the United States and Europe, out of the concept that form follows function. We take the same concept to create five styles offering solutions that include broadloom, 18" x 18" carpet tile, and 36" x 36" carpet tile, all in solution-dyed premium type 6,6 nylon. In addition, the nuance of color allows all the styles to reach across many applications. Available in broadloom and carpet tile, tip sheared or all loop. List Price: low $20s/yd. Bentley Prince Street, 800-423-4709, www.bentleyprincestreet.com

Back to the basics Teach shapes, colors, letters, and numbers with the Kidovation® Carpet. Premium quality, high-twist nylon fibers prevent matting and crushing, while soil- and stain-resistant protection offer easy cleaning. Lifetime patented antimicrobial guard improves hygiene, minimizes odors, and aids in reducing allergens. It is Indoor Air Quality Certified and made via green-friendly manufacturing. Edges are bound and double-stitch serged. List Price: $269.99–$869.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Wrinkle and flame free Featuring premium quality, high-twist, 100 percent nylon fibers to prevent matting and crushing, the Bookshelf Area Rug also integrates ActionBac® to resist wrinkling so carpets lay flat. Edges are bound with double-stitched serging. Protected with soil and stain protection and ColorSeal® bleach protection. Antimicrobial safeguard improves hygiene, minimizes odors, and aids in reducing allergens and improving indoor air quality. Rugs meet or exceed Class 1 Flammability Rating. List Price: $129.99–$769.99. Joy Carpets, 800-645-2787, www.joycarpets.com; also available from DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Sit on the shade The Distinctive Ikat Carpet and Vivid Ombre Carpet feature linear accents that include intense gradations from light to dark. The appearance of shading is achieved through texture and color transitions maximized by our solution-dyed yarn program. Dark browns dissipate into candy tones, and shades of grey soften into cream and white. Available in 12 solution-dyed colorways and in broadloom, 18" x 18" and 36" x 36" carpet tile. Uses varying levels of recycled content in the yarn. Broadloom is installed with standard High PerformancePC™ backing, which contains a minimum average ten percent postconsumer recycled content. List Price: low $20s/yd. Bentley Prince Street, 800-423-4709, www.bentleyprincestreet.com


CARRELS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Mission style Clean lines and a pilaster-and-rail design are hallmarks of the Aspen collection’s Mission styling. This Aspen Carrel pays tribute to centuries past in its design and its handcraftsmanship. Resilient .050"-thick high-pressure plastic laminate is enwrapped with a slightly radiused solid hardwood band. The long and/or front edges receive a ¾" x 15/8" external band. List price: Call for price.Palmieri Furniture, 800-413-4440, www.palmierifurniture.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

The contradiction carrel The Fusion Modular Panel Carrel consists of contrasts: hardwood and steel, sheens and shadows, solids and translucent. The frosted glass panel inserts maintain the open concept design. The work surfaces are laminated with a .050"-thick high-pressure plastic laminate and bordered with a 7/8" x 1¼" solid hardwood edge. List price: Call for price. Palmieri Furniture, 800-413-4440, www.palmierifurniture.com


CIRCULATION

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Remote reading The Lend A Book™ Distribution Machine delivers popular titles in remote locations. Library customer’s scan their library cards, choose the item(s) they wish to borrow, press the corresponding buttons, and the book(s) will be dispensed through the door located on the bottom of the machine. The LendABook™ will be SIP2 certified and integrated into the library’s ILS. Furnished complete with approximately 360 paperback books (fewer hardcovers) from the Brodart McNaughton™ selection list for its opening-day collection and supplemented with new books each month. Each book will be accompanied by full cataloging in MARC 21 or OCLC MARC format with barcode labels and item records for the most popular library management systems. The library’s logo, name, and web site address will be affixed to the front of the unit. The machine, 72"h x 37"d x 46½"w, will be delivered and installed in the library’s specified location; service and maintenance for the software and hardware will be provided. List Price: Call for price. Public Information Kiosk, 866-883-0300, x256, www.pikinc.net; also available from Brodart Co., 800-474-9816, x6355; www.books.brodart.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Self-contained A fully enclosed computer system with an integrated touchscreen display eliminates unsightly wires for the FlashScan MAXine. Wireless networking makes the system even more portable. Fully supports all Front-Gate security systems, including EM or RFID. A removable, high-speed, multidimensional scanner scans barcodes in any direction. A high-speed receipt printer uses common off-the-shelf thermal paper. Software is certified SIP-compliant with all ILS vendors and can be easily customized. Users are guided through the checkout process via onscreen animations and voice prompts, with multiple languages included. LAT-Central Enterprise Management Software is included with all systems. Numerous options, upgrades, and configurations are available, including custom countertops in any color, texture, or shape to match your décor. The user interface is identical on all LAT self-checkout systems. Also available as the compact, freestanding, or wall-mountable FlashScan-MAXwell™. List Price: Call for price. Library Automation Technologies, 856-566-4121, www.latcorp.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Enhanced security Compatible with our SelfCheck™ Systems, this 3M™ Integrated Disc Media Unlocker helps libraries protect their disc media from theft and loss while patrons continue to have full access to the collection. It checks the item out using RFID or barcode technology; the unlocker confirms the inserted item matches the item checked out; the case is unlocked, and the patron gets a receipt. Fast and simple self-service checkout with enhanced security. List Price: ea. unit, $5,495 and up. 3M Library Systems, 800-328-0067, www.3m.com/us/library

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Name says it all The automatic CD/DVD MediaManager™ is a dispenser that delivers CDs or DVDs after authenticating the library customer. One swipe of the library card, and the customer can view your ILS and choose which CD or DVD to borrow. Once an item is selected, the unit delivers the media and automatically checks the item(s) out and delivers a receipt. Models can accommodate a side monitor to allow for two people to browse and reserve media simultaneously. Choose from dispensers that hold 1000, 1700, 2,046, or 2,728 DVDs. Will be SIP2-certified and integrated into the library’s ILS. Donut-shaped printed barcodes or RFID tags will be provided along with special cases to hold media. The library’s logo and name will be affixed to the unit; the library’s choice of colors will decorate the exterior. The machine will be delivered and installed in the library’s specified location; service and maintenance for the software and hardware will be provided. List Price: Call for price. Public Information Kiosk, 866-883-0300, x256; www.pikinc.net

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Look, Ma, no staff! GoLibrary, a completely automated library machine, offers a cost-efficient way for libraries and communities to increase service and can be implemented in many locations where a traditional library could not operate. GoLibrary Books, which acts as an independent library and can be placed anywhere where you wish to provide library service 24/7, stores books and media and handles loans, returns, and administration automatically. GoLibrary Media is similar to GoLibrary Books but for CDs and DVDs only. GoLibrary Reservations is a completely automated reservation system that can be accessed 24/7. List Price: $60,000–$130,000. Distribution Technologies DISTEC AB; available from Evanced Solutions, 888-519-5770, www.evancedsolutions.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

I’ll slot you in The newest addition to the Act-Sort system is the RFID Act Two-Way Sorter. Made from lightweight metal, it comes with an extra-wide belt to handle even your largest items. The touchscreen provides instructions in multiple languages. Your existing item slot can be used. This two-way sort unit communicates with your ILS via the SIP protocol by reading the information from the RFID tag. The unit is height adjustable, which allows you to use any bin. Comes complete with PC, touchscreen, printer, electronic control box, RFID reader and antenna, and adjustable metal stand. Flexible software. List Price: Call for price. Libramation, 888-809-0099, www.libramation.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Tag and release Simply provide your starting barcode number, your favorite artwork for the label, and the quantity of Preprogrammed RFID Tags needed and in a few short weeks you will be applying these preprogrammed tags, regardless of your RFID provider. We provide a lifetime guarantee and ISO 15693 tags and offer discounts for large-quantity purchases. List Price: Call for price. Tech Logic, 800-494-9330, www.tech-logic.com


COLLECTIONS/SETS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Bodacious curvaceous Join together pieces of Eve Curved Modular Lounge Furniture—30° and 60° radii chairs, love seats, and tables—to create arch, circle, wave, and serpentine configurations. It combines commercial-grade hardwood frames with glue and steel fasteners. Tapered aluminum legs provide proper foundation for this look. Coordinating wedge and rectangular tables can be freestanding or connected within seating arrangement. List Price: $564.99–$1,279.99. High Point Furniture Industries, 800-447-3462, www.hpfi.com; also available from DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Childish cheer Available in six stain colors and three wood finishes, the Lincoln Tables and Chairs brighten up any room. Tables include a 11/8"-thick wood-veneered top and wood edge-banding. Legs are tapered and feature heavy-duty steel corner braces and hanger bolts. Solid oak base rails support legs and top. Includes leveling glides that adjust up to 1" for uneven floors. Chairs have 1¼"-thick oak framing with mortise and tenon joints for strength. Features contoured seat and curved, solid wood. Glides allow chairs to slide easily over carpet or flooring. List Price: $185–$586. Community, a member of Jasper Group, 800-622-5661, www.communityfurniture.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Looking sharp Parallel lines and crisp angles give the all-wood Williams Collection its contemporary flair. Streamlined and functional, it features flush end apron rails and stretchers. Tabletops are inset wood veneer with solid square edges and supported by solid wood bases and straight legs. Optional data ports. The collection includes study tables, carrels, and table carrels with divider options. List Price: Call for price. Agati, 312-829-1977, www.agati.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

In the beginning Outfit your entire library with the Genesis Line of library furniture: circulation desks, reading tables, workstations, technical furniture, and shelving. Modular circulation desk components provide countless configurations. Genesis construction uses thermally fused melamine side panels and 1¼"-thick high-pressure laminate work surfaces with 3mm PVC edge-banding. Available in five melamine wood finishes and five standard work surface colors. Custom laminate available upon request. List Price: $544–$8540. Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

A square deal Inspired by the crisp design details of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Charles Collection incorporates the “3 square” motif, an important part of Mackintosh’s design vocabulary. Includes chairs, benches, lounge chairs, tables, carrels, dictionary and atlas stands, and end panels. List Price: Call for price. Agati, 312-829-1977, www.agati.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Where the wild things are Besides colorful and playful designs, Safari Tables and Chairs for children consist of solid frames, classic construction, and the highest quality material. List Price: Call for price. Palmieri Furniture, 800-413-4440, www.palmierifurniture.com


DISC REPAIR

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

In the buff The VMI 3500 Buffer gives you the ability to repair and maintain your discs on the spot quietly and cleanly for under 7¢ a disc. In addition, state-of-the-art OptoClear™ Technology allows you to repair a disc an unlimited number of times and repair in as fast as 30 seconds! List Price: $2,599.99. VenMill Industries, 866-864-0210, www.venmill.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Staying power The Endure Line of library furniture includes computer tables, information access stations, and study carrels. All are height-adjustable with high-pressure laminate work surfaces. The computer tables and study carrels are available with wood or metal post legs while the information access stations come in three- and six-position stations with your choice of wood or metal end posts. List Price: Call for price. Brodart Library Supplies & Furnishings, 888-820-4377, www.shopbrodart.com


DISPLAY

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

A puppet’s proper place Standing 48"h, this Puppet Tree accommodates puppets on kid-safe rounded puppet dowels. Stable, square base and 5/8"-thick, 11-ply Baltic birch construction will withstand years of use. List Price: $174.99. Jonti-Craft, 800-543-4149, www.jonti-craft.com; also available from DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Shelves on a stick Available in wall-mount, single-sided, or double-sided styles, the powder-coated aluminum pole of the Aluminum Magazine & Literature Display is the center of the flexible slotted system that lets you adjust the height of the steel shelves. The pole measures 73"h with a weighted base and includes a rubber ring for floor protection. Wall-mount unit includes four rows of adjustable pockets. List Price: $189.99–$299.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Frame by frame The silver metallic towers of the Luna Multimedia Displayer create a clean look when paired with one of seven available frame colors. Steel frames support five independently revolving towers, each with five tiers. Each tier features four 91/16"h x 5"w x 5¼"d display pockets. Nonslip textured shelf surface keeps items in place. Base has five legs and adjustable levelers. Colors coordinate with Iron Horse® book trucks. Holds up to 640 DVDs, 960 CDs, or 320 paperbacks. U.S. Patent 5,772,055. List Price: $675. Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

The temple of books The shelves of the Three-Tier Oval Feature Display are ¾"-thick with 16"h between shelves, offering ample display space for books and media of all sizes. The top oval shelf measures 24" x 36"; the middle shelf is 40" x 55 1/8" and bottom shelf is 44¼" x 60". A combination of cam locks and screws secure the shelves and risers. List Price: $449.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Smooth signage Highlight programming, special events, or new releases with Forte Periodical Displayers. A simple, 73"-tall aluminum pole and a weighted base, lined with a rubber ring to protect your floors, are at the center of this displayer. Two grooves, one on each side of the pole, allow you to attach and position periodical pockets and poster frames any way you choose. Shelves and poster frames are constructed from powder-coated steel. Each pocket measures 12"h x 18¼"w x 1¾"d; poster frames measure 36"h x 24"w. List Price: $175–$315. Displays2go, 800-572-2194, www.displays2go.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Clear as day Choose from a selection of modular shapes and sizes to create a display with CrystalMint™ Modular Glass Exhibit Cases. Modular sections fit together easily, without tools. Shapes include two sizes of rectangles, a pentagon, and an angled trapezoid. Units constructed of 4mm safety glass with polished edges. A 4"h recessed plinth base with adjustable glides, bottom frame with melamine sheet, and frame connecting extrusions are included. Lighting is also available as an option. List Price: $929–$2,092. One Workplace, 866-632-7010, www.oneworkplace.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Pet-friendly These Wire Rack Children’s Displays are made from heavy-gauge wire and tubing and are guaranteed to provide years of service. Available in a Shadow Cat and Buddy (dog) model. List Price: $112.37. R.WIREworks, 800-550-4009, www.rwireworks.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Play hard patrons Featuring 26"h activity surfaces with lockable compartments for storing gaming modules, the Four Station Gaming Unit has compartments for wire management as well as storage for guitars or other equipment. The remaining two assemblies have adjustable dividers for CDs and controllers. Unit is constructed of ¾"-thick high-pressure laminate, with 4"-diameter casters, and can accommodate up to four flat-screen televisions, which can be used individually or in pairs. Unit measures 42"h x 48"w x 48"d. List Price: $3,599.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Show & store With the Salina Series Retail Display Cabinets and Bins, choose between an open bin display in black or almond melamine, glass top enclosed display in black or almond melamine, and glass top display in solid hickory. Each unit also has a locked cabinet base for extra storage. Bin top unit has casters for easy movement. List Price: $1,478–$2,540. Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Strut your stuff Solid and secure, the Vitrine Display Case features a cherry wood frame supporting tempered glass all around, a lockable frameless glass door, and adjustable glass shelves. The case incorporates adjustable halogen lighting. The case is lined top and bottom with museum linen. Ideal for displaying rare or valuable objects and books. List Price: $4100. Museum & Library Furniture, 202-537-0098, www.themuseumstool.com

The eightfold path Slatwall and shelves alternate around this eight-sided Mobile Octagon Display. The flat laminate top is another area on which to promote part of your collection. Add in a riser with your signage or slatwall accessories. List Price: $1,249.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Custom care Select one of our in-stock displays, which feature either a header card or sign plate, and we can personalize the display with the artwork you provide to us with Design On Demand. Add your school name, mascot, library name, special event, or any signage up to four color. List Price: $15–$35. R.WIREworks, 800-550-4009, www.rwireworks.com

Out of sight This simple, clean-looking Art Hanging System is easy to use for hanging and rearranging artwork. Once the rail is in place, you never need to put a hole in the wall again. Rails may be customized to your space by cutting to size with corner connectors and end caps assuring a neat appearance. Perlon cords with an inconspicuous hook move easily along a track in the rail and virtually “disappear” against the wall. A locking zipper hook easily slides up and down the cord for height adjustment. An upgraded version including lighting is also available. List Price: Call for price. Library Display Design Systems, 860-828-5761, www.librarydisplay.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Size doesn’t matter Featuring 32 side-opening pockets, this SILENTpartner™ Graphic Novel Revolver fits many sizes of graphic novels in one display. Sign header included. Made in the United States. List Price: $283.31. R.WIREworks, 800-550-4009, www.rwireworks.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Hanging by a… The user-friendly Click Rail Art Hanging System mounts on your wall and handles 90° corners with ease. Choose stainless steel or nylon cables, supporting up to 45 pounds and 15 pounds, respectively. Once you have the starter kit in place, attaching additional components is simple. Secure aluminum frame hooks that fasten into the back of your frames and ensure your artwork doesn’t leave the premises are also available. List Price: $37.99 and up. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com


DONOR WALL

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Literary accolade This eye-catching Donor Wall, located in the Danville Public Library, IL, is created entirely of bronze material using our exclusive, patent pending UV inking technology. Each novel notates a different level of donation, and the design of the wall complements the theme of the reference section of the library. List Price: Call for price. Trigard, 800-798-4900, www.trigardbronze.com


INTERACTIVE

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

World building Any of the fanciful Wonder Wall Activity Panels can be used alone or as part of a larger landscape; a cheerful dragon and colorful birds play alongside a spinning windmill and a fruit tree with three kinds of fruit. Each panel adheres to any flat wall, door, or furniture. Made from smooth, durable Baltic birch construction. List Price: $48–$925. Gressco, 800-345-3480, www.gresscoltd.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Good touch These washable felt Learning Bean Bags allow children to handle and play with shapes, colors, numbers, and the alphabet. Each set includes a clearly labeled storage bag and a tip sheet full of activities and helpful hints. Useful for group learning or individual instruction and play. List Price: $19.99–$32.99. Educational Insights, 888-591-9334, educationalinsights.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Sniff test The latest Early Literacy Interactive™, Scent Panel, is a hardwood cover featuring “S is for Scent” that swings to the side to let kids sniff and try to name a smell that is embedded into the staff access–only back of the panel. Library staff can choose from several safe, organic oils that are completely contained within the panel for a subtle, mild aroma when the cover is lifted. Scents can be easily changed and refreshed. Designed to help caregivers interact with kids by prompting stories or memories about the scent, the panel builds on preliteracy fundamentals. Can mount to end panels of shelving, wood wall panels, or Burgeon Morphology™ wood furniture. Built from stained Baltic birch with hardwood details. Measures 15"h x 15"w square (shown in custom round option here). Burgeon Group features a two-year warranty on all products; custom finishes are available. List Price: Call for price. Burgeon Group, 602-451-7285, www.burgeongroup.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

World at your fingertips Introduce hands-on exploration of geographic features, landmarks, and animals with a thick felt GeoSafari® Wonder World Map featuring movable embroidered felt pieces with VELCRO® brand fasteners. Children can place geography labels, regional animals, landmarks, and vehicles at their proper location. Hang your map on the wall using the grommets along the top of each map, or lay it on the floor. Each set comes with a 4′ x 6′ felt map, embroidered felt pieces, drawstring storage bag, and an activity guide. The world map comes with 68 embroidered pieces; United States map comes with 78 pieces. List Price: $185. Educational Insights, 888-591-9334, educationalinsights.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Play station The Mobile Story Time Kiosk uses hidden industrial grade hardware behind a staff-access only locking door that is not accessible to children so the kiosk can be rolled into place and then safely locked into position. The kiosk features a child-sized puppet theater through the center of a large letter “P,” which has a fun alliterative short story on its face. It also has a front-facing book display and mounting space for up to five Early Literacy Interactives™. Constructed from stained Baltic birch with hardwood trim, this kiosk requires no assembly, is great for rolling in and out of story rooms, and can be joined to other Burgeon standard catalog items to create a fully modular early literacy area. Approximate size is 54"h x 54"w and is built to fit through any standard door. Burgeon Group features a two-year warranty on all products; custom finishes are available. List Price: Call for price. Burgeon Group, 602-451-7285, www.burgeongroup.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Deploy torpedoes! This ecofriendly, yellow Submarine Activity Center features desk surfaces on both sides for activities or seating. Made from formaldehyde-free wood composite with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified veneer and 100 percent postconsumer plastic. A lead-free, low-VOC paint finish protects your tiniest visitors. List Price: $3,933. Greenplay, a division of Skyline Designs, 773-278-4660, www.greenplayfurniture.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com


LECTERN

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Spontaneous soapbox The Price Lectern, an elegant and minimal speaker’s stand, provides a surface for ad hoc lectures in public spaces. Crafted from stainless steel and incorporates a laminated cherry or maple surface. List Price: $1550. Museum & Library Furniture, 202-537-0098, www.themuseumstool.com


LIGHTING

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Sparkle in my eye The Cove Lamp has steel construction, a powder epoxy–coated paint in Sparkle silver, and four outlets. Ideal for a study environment, the lamp measures 6½"w x 6½"d x 23"h. The lamp base has four outlets total, two on opposite face controlled by one on/off toggle switch, 15amp 120v, CSA approved. List Price: Call for price. Palmieri Furniture, 800-413-4440, www.palmierifurniture.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Light my way The LucaLight System delivers the three-fold benefits of 1) reduced energy costs through the usage of highly efficient LEDs; 2) maintenance-free performance; and 3) glare-free, even lighting of the stacks. Retrofit or implement new into any range of shelving. LEED credits can be earned on your project by the use of Lucalight. Ask about our free cost-benefit analysis to show off the long-term, far-reaching benefits. List Price: Call for price. LucaLight, 888-LUCALIGHT. www.lucalight.com


MICROFORM

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Green machine Use a PC to view, scan, fax, email, or print a microfilm image with the ST200X Digital Film Viewer and Scanner for roll microfilm, microfiche, film slides, opaque card, and microcard media. Easy to use; winner of the 2008 Special Libraries Association President’s Award for its all-digital, all-green design that saves energy and paper. List Price: $6,995 and up. S–T Imaging, 856-728-3057, www.stimaging.com.


PATRON ID CARDS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

A card for every occasion Make a great impression with Teslin® Patron Cards. Our durable, lightweight, water-resilient cards and key tags can be purchased individually or as a combination set. We offer low minimum order quantities, quick turnaround, unlimited color on the front of the card, and no setup fee. Our art department can use your existing artwork, or let us custom design a card for you. List Price: Call for price. Data2 Corp., 800-278-8888, www.data2.com


SEATING

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Gentle curves Sophia Lounge Seating combines commercial-grade hardwood frames with glue and steel fasteners to produce strong, comfortable seating. Arms are custom-built and wrapped with foam and fiber, while the seat and back are crafted from eight-gauge and 11-gauge sinuous springs in a single suspension system. Offered with either a ¾"h arm measuring 29" from the floor, or a full height arm measuring 32½" from the floor. List Price: $679–$1,654.99. High Point Furniture Industries, 800-447-3462, www.hpfi.com; also available from DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Pull up a chairAvailable in maple, Linden Seating comes with three different back options and a wood or upholstered seat. Choose the combination you like, and create a style all your own. List Price: Call for price. Worden, 800-392-1848, www.wordencompany.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Rock’n’shake Curved backs and scooped seats exemplify the Troutman Rocking Chair. Constructed from solid oak, each chair is handcrafted using Shaker construction techniques for superior strength and longevity. Available in six colors; the library rocking chair is available in natural oak only. List Price: $105–$259. Troutman Chair, 704-872-7625, www.troutmanchairs.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Read & relax Regis Seating, with its elegant lines and proportions, adds a distinctive look to any lounge area. Available in oak or maple with any of Worden’s standard finishes, can be upholstered in a broad spectrum of standard upholstery or C.O.M. List Price: Call for price. Worden, 800-392-1848, www.wordencompany.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Straight to the points Our new Library Chair Collection is handcrafted to meet our precise four-point construction standards: 1) smooth contoured edges; 2) reinforced solid hardwood seat corners; 3) steel reinforced back post-and-side rail joints for added strength; and 4) upholstered chairs with spring seat construction. Made in the United States from select northern-grown red oak; solid hardwood construction with authentic steam-bent components. All-wood models add comfort with a sculpted seat. Choose from our six finishes and an array of fabric choices. All upholstered models meet CA TB117 and CA TB133 fire retardant standards. Select from a number of styles, finishes, and fabrics to complement any décor, for projects large or small. List Price: $189 and up. Gaylord, 800-448-6160, www.gaylordmart.com/gaylordchaircollection

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Down to the essentials The spare, minimalist lines of the Zenon Chair create a handsome, stylish chair with many options. Solid wood arm caps provide a pleasing contrast to its metal base. Several powder coat options are available. List Price: Call for price. TMC Furniture, 734-622-0080, www.tmcfurniture.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Reading repose This inviting Cassy Lounge Chair has a wood frame construction and radius-style arms for added comfort. Choose from five Earth-friendly upholstery options or from the standard line of five fabrics and six vinyls. The high-density foam seat and back cushions provide hours of comfort. All fabrics and foam meet CA TB117 fire retardant standards. List Price: $595–$725. High Point Furniture Industries, 800-447-3462, www.hpfi.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Sleek stacking Designed by talented designers in the UK and Europe, the stylish Lara Seating is stackable for convenient storage. The chairs are constructed of a tubular chrome frame with a comfortable molded wood seat and back, available in natural oak or beech veneers. The beech veneers may also be stained or colored to match the overall color scheme of your space. List Price: Call for price. Allermuir, 44 (0)1254 682421, www.allermuir.com; also available from DEMCO Library Interiors, 800-747-7561, www.demcointeriors.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Show off your dimples The design of Pebble Seating allows for user interactivity, as it can be nested with other Pebbles, arranged in a scatter format, or even used individually as a stand-alone piece. Available in bright colors or more mild shades, depending on the environment. List Price: Call for price. Allermuir, 44 (0)1254 682421, www.allermuir.com; also available from DEMCO Library Interiors, 800-747-7561, www.demcointeriors.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

An imposing posture The Hampton Seating Collection is a versatile seating application intended to bring users together in style and comfort. Available in both a round and a straight style, optional surrounds may be added to envelop users seeking more privacy. Both styles can be covered in chic fabrics, backed in sleek veneers or high-pressure laminate. The Hampton rests on metal legs or custom plinth bases. For additional separation, custom privacy screens may be added. List Price: Call for price. Agati, 312-829-1977, www.agati.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

It just gives & gives When you have this Fatboy Soft Seating you can sit on it, lie on it, throw yourself at it, and just let it conform to your body in whatever position you feel best. Offered in a variety of colors, it is made with nylon, PVC coating for water resistance, and filled with virgin polystyrene beads. List Price: $104.99–$289.99. Fatboy, 972-304-6020, fatboyusa.com; also available from DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Hover bench Featuring a distinctive floating seat surface supported by a powder-coated metal base and round legs, the Antrim Bench is available as a one-, two-, or three-seat bench and comes in a wide variety of materials and finishes. The Antrim collection also includes chairs, study tables, occasional tables, carrels, and end panels. List Price: Call for price. Agati, 312-829-1977, www.agati.com

For every foot Sit comfortably on this Ergonomic Stacking Stool with four different footrest heights. Plant your foot at two inches, four inches, six inches, or eight inches off the floor. A range of seat-height options are available. The seat is offered both in multiply beech veneer or upholstered. Compactly stack extra beech veneer stools up to ten high with the optional stool dolly for easy maneuvering. List Price: $149.99–$244.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Giddyup, cowkid Our Children Chairs, like Hank the Horse chair for instance, deliver outstanding design, function, and safety. There are endless possibilities for design. We provide options for wood seat and back or upholstered seat and back. List Price: Call for price. Palmieri Furniture, 800-413-4440, www.palmierifurniture.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Fungus fun The flared base of the Toadstool offers excellent stability, while the cushioned top entices one to smile and take a seat. Two heights available. List Price: $475. Big Cozy Books, 925-447-1582, www.bigcozybooks.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Take another bow The contemporary modular components of the Encore Lounge Seating can be arranged to fit any floor plan. Frames are constructed of kiln-dried maple and plywood; cushions are made of thick polyurethane foam. Configurations can be assembled from armless chairs, bench seats, connector tables, and more. Upholstered base tables with maple veneer tops can also be connected to seating. List Price: $239.99–$1,239.99. Community, a member of Jasper Group, 800-622-5661, www.communityfurniture.com; also available from DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

What goes around… A custom chair designed for the Medford Public Library, OR, the Medford Chair features the patented Eustis Joint® and is warrantied for a full 20 years. It offers the traditional look of a ladder-back in an otherwise contemporary library design. This look was chosen last year by the Darien Library, CT, and Centennial Hills Library in Las Vegas, NV. Available in any hardwood, any stain, any fabric. List Price: $869. Eustis Chair, 978-827-3103, www.eustischair.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Stacks six The tubular steel framed Source iStack Seating comes with a soft chrome powder coat on the framework and durable high-impact polypropylene seat and back. Meets ANSI/BIFMA standards and stack six high on the floor. The seat is 18"h and measures 18"w x 19"d. Available with casters and/or injection-molded color-matched arm caps. List Price: $239.99–$314.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com


SECURITY

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Power portal The new BiblioGate VI provides outstanding 3-D detection, which means RFID labels can be read reliably in all positions as they pass through the gate. Also features an integrated PeopleCounter that provides data for automatic user statistics and personnel planning. Can be enhanced with a wide range of options that serve to meet customers’ unique needs. One option is the BiblioGate Tracker software, which provides additional, customized information that helps secure media and optimize internal operations. The transparent, slim design and scratch- and impact-resistant structure is specially developed for Bibliotheca. With acoustic and visual alarm functions, can be installed as a double, triple, or quadruple gate. List Price: Call for price. Bibliotheca, 800-892-5971, www.bibliotheca-rfid.com


SHELVING

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

A choice of shelves The Wave Mobile Double-Face Shelving Unit features both flat and sloped shelves, all interchangeable. Units come in various heights, while all shelves are 35"w and 1" thick, supporting up to 150 pounds per shelf. Features colorful laminate over 1"-thick particleboard and achieves mobility with six industrial-strength locking casters. List Price: $1,349.99–$1,899.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Flaunt it Javelin Display Shelving is designed with a retail look that shows off your collection. The face-out displays with angled, adjustable shelves are made from sustainably grown and harvested woods and is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)–certified for use in LEED projects. Use it to display fiction, media, or magazines, it is available in bright colors, perfect for children and teen areas as well. List Price: Call for price. Javelin, 888-582-2544, www.javelinshelving.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Browsability This line of Shelving Systems can showcase CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes on existing metal library shelf standards in a face-forward browser format. Simply remove your existing shelves, and install these browser shelf units. The extruded aluminum browser shelves offer product visibility, simplified shelving, and help keep the collection neat. Features nonslip shelf design, single- or double-tier configurations, high-density storage capacity, movable divider clips; manufactured in the United States. List Price: CD double-tier unit, $175; DVD double-tier unit, $180. Create A Space, 847-848-4000


SIGNAGE

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Self-promotion Available in 20.1", 32", 37", and 42" sizes. Virtually any imaging software will display JPEG or MPEG videos anywhere within traffic flow with the Brightboard Professional Series Floor Standing Pedestal Digital Display System. Instead of a static printed message, it uses a commercial grade LCD to display a continuous loop of high-resolution images and/or full-motion videos to inform, educate, entertain, and influence. Everything required for use is included. Also available as a Wall Mountable Digital Display System. List Price: $1,595–$3,495. POP AdVisions, 772-221-0537, www.popadvisions.com


STORAGE


A period perk Recognizing the popularity of areas in libraries and museums for children to dress up in period clothing, the Children’s Dress-up Wardrobe comes with hangers and a deep rolling bin to store costumes and items of clothing. List Price: $1,885. Museum & Library Furniture, 202-537-0098, www.themuseumstool.com


TABLES

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

A lucky find Made from ecofriendly, 100 percent postconsumer recycled materials, the Clover Table has a storage shelf underneath the tabletop. Each table is constructed from formaldehyde-free MDF with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)–certified birch veneer. Protected by a zero-VOC finish that prevents toxic off-gassing. Choose from a recycled plastic top in Ocean or Autumn Leaves or a wood composite top in blue, orange, or birch. Available in two heights. May contribute to LEED points. List Price: $975–$1800. Greenplay, a division of Skyline Designs, 773-278-4660, www.greenplayfurniture.com; also available from Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

A fluent solution A frosted glass has been applied to a top constructed of 11/8"-thick three-ply particleboard core for the Fluid Table. Top surface is laminated with a .050"-thick high-pressure plastic laminate sheet; the bottom surface is laminated with a backing sheet. The frame consists of two steel legs and a top horizontal stretcher, constructed of 2" x 2" tubular 16-gauge steel. All welds and grinds are smooth. List Price: Call for price. P2 Workspace Solutions, 800-413-4440, www.p2workspacesolutions.com

I want braaaaains Ideal for guided groups, the BrainStorm™ Table features a 11/8"-thick particleboard top with high-pressure laminate work surface; a built-in lazy Susan style revolving dry-erase whiteboards; black vinyl T-mold edge band; and tubular steel legs with wire bracing support. Available in three shapes and two heights: Kidney and Clover seats one teacher and three students; Flower seats one teacher and five students. List Price: $325–$435. Allied Plastics, 800-999-0386, www.alliedplasticsco.com; also available from Brodart Library Supplies & Furnishings, 800-820-4377, www.shopbrodart.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

I want more braaaains! The Community Style Brain Storming Tableoffers clover- or hexagon-shaped designs with either a revolving or stationary markerboard center for all kinds of interactive uses. Constructed with a 1"-thick laminate work surface that is resistant to stains, scrapes, and UV discoloration. Corners are rounded with natural oak vinyl edge-banding. Choose from two sizes and square wood or rounded steel legs, both with 1" levelers. A 25"-high children’s table is also available. Work surface is available in five colors with natural oak trim. List Price: $695–$995. Gaylord, 800-962-9580, www.gaylord.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

A nice spread The top of the collaborative Lagoon Table is constructed of 11/8"-thick three-ply particleboard core and laminated with a .050"-thick high-pressure laminate sheet, with bottom surface laminated with a backing sheet. Legs are constructed of 16-gauge steel fitted with glides and casters. Leafs can be displayed in different configurations. List Price: Call for price. P2 Workspace Solutions, 800-413-4440, www.p2workspacesolutions.com


WALL COVERINGS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Bringing nature to you Easily trimmed to fit any wall or around windows and doors, each high-resolution Wall Mural consists of eight panels and comes with paste and step-by-step instructions. The heavy wet-strength paper panels are washable with soap and water and are easy to remove without damaging walls. Dimensions are 13’8"w x 8’3"h. Comes in four patterns: bamboo, birches, pebbles, and Oahu surfer. List Price: $108. Environmental Graphics, 800-328-3869, www.environmentalgraphics.com; also available from Brodart Library Supplies & Furnishings, 800-820-4377, www.shopbrodart.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Birds of a feather This beautiful, five-feet-long, bronze Swan Mural was printed using Trigard’s exclusive, patent pending UV ink technology for inking over 3-D relief. A unique custom mural, it is done in eight different layered bronze pieces, all stacked in the shape of the swan’s wings. Trigard’s Brilliant Impressions™ color and detailed texture add class and customization to any space! List Price: Call for price. Trigard, 800-798-4900, www.trigardbronze.com


WORKSTATIONS

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Form & function Hardwood and steel combine to create the profile of the Form Desk. Tabletops are constructed of 1¼" three-ply particleboard core, and top surfaces receive a durable .050" high-pressure plastic laminate sheet. All edges and corners are slightly eased. Work surfaces may be custom fitted for various electrical/data options. List Price: Call for price. Palmieri Furniture, 800-413-4440, www.palmierifurniture.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Flow with the trafficThe 24"d x 42"h structural column of the Mobile Information Desk creates a focal point featuring a framed aluminum slatwall end panel. A 270° pivoting computer monitor arm is mounted on the librarian side of the column to facilitate shared screen viewing. A clear-coat maple cabinet conceals CPU hook-up and offers storage under the 39"h x 28"w work surface. Industrial 4"-diameter casters make it easy to change desk placement. List Price: $2,349.99. DEMCO, 800-356-1200, www.demco.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Techflex Each TechnoLink Mobile Reference Desk may be designed to meet the specific size and functionality needs of the environment. The adjustable height feature adds to the versatility of the desk and provides an ergonomically correct station regardless of the user’s height. Add-on work surfaces, turntables, computer poles, and monitor arms may be included, making the reference desk more complete. List Price: Call for price. DEMCO Library Interiors, 800-747-7561, www.demcointeriors.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

An educated desk The height adjustable Teacher Desk System features a steel and aluminum frame with metallic powder-coat finish as well as a laminate work surface with 3mm PVC edge banding. Standard desk elements include modesty panel of extruded powder-coated aluminum, cable tray, and 2½"-diameter work surface grommet for wire management. Options include flat panel monitor arm, toolbar or tool panel organization, a pivoting side podium, and freestanding height adjustable mobile table that can saddle up to the end of the desk. List Price: Call for price. DEMCO Library Interiors, 800-747-7561, www.demcointeriors.com

Library By Design Spring 2009: What's Hot

Collaboration action The height-adjustable Qstar™ Conference is a power+data centerpiece that can be placed in any general meeting area. Available in sitting and standing heights, each table is equipped with a flipIT® Laptop Safe. The safe provides locked security for short-term storage. Perfect for media centers, meeting rooms, and common areas where informal group activities and independent study can take place without extensive advance preparation. Outfitted for group docking and umbilicals for power and data. Fits through 36" doorways and stacks. Height adjusts from 28" for sitting to 36" for standing in one-inch increments. List Price: Call for price. CBT SMARTdesks, 800-770-7042, www.smartdesks.com

 

Student Art as Construction Beautification

Enter Cristi Rinklin, visual arts assistant professor, whose “The Art of Color” course, a study of the principles and practices of color theory and application, was on the roster for the fall 2008 semester; she developed my request for help into the course’s final project by having the students create scientifically inspired color drawings. The students’ sketches on 8" x 10" art paper were transformed into wallpaper strips and mounted on the windows. “The initial paintings were scanned into Photoshop in high resolution and then manipulated through various simple layering and filtering processes to create large images that could fill the window spaces,” explained Rinklin. “The prints were made on an Epson large-format archival ink-jet printer onto special adhesive-backed vinyl.”

Finding inspiration in the subject matter

Upon returning to campus, students were greeted by the brilliantly colorful images of the officially named “Hidden Worlds: Color in Art and Science—Works from VAST 299—The Art of Color” exhibit. Each of the 11 students has a 2′ x 6′ wallpaper strip displaying his/her design. Two 3′ x 3′ composites, each containing nine squares representing nine of the 11 creations, are also on display. The colors and patterns pop out to command attention, diminishing the impact of the plywood.

An interdepartmental collaboration

Although the original objective was to beautify the science library during renovations, the project developed into a student-focused collaboration between two campus departments that rarely have the opportunity to interact—Science and Art. The publicity generated by the project helped let people know that the science library is open during renovations. The artwork is digitally stored so that when the originals are removed from the windows, they can be re-created on canvas or silk for permanent display in the science library and possibly the microscope lab and the newly constructed Smith Laboratories building.

This project was successful owing to the collaboration of many people in several departments. Starting early to sell the idea and plan the project and maintaining communication with all the main players throughout the process were important. Most especially, the students embraced the idea of creating scientifically inspired artwork and did a fantastic job of designing beautiful, colorful images.—Barbara A. Merolli, Science Librarian, O’Callahan Science Library, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

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