August 30, 2015

New Landmark Libraries 2015: The Reveal

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This year’s round of Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries returns to its roots, honoring public libraries completed between 2010 and 2014. Below are the lists of 11 winners and 11 honorable mentions in alphabetical order, selected from more than 80 entries. For complete profiles, trends and more, watch for the September 15th issues of Library Journal and Library By Design!

Brooklyn Public Library To Sell Branch to Real Estate Developer

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A controversial proposal to turn a Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Brooklyn Heights branch into condos with a branch on the bottom floor cleared a hurdle in late July, when the local Community Board approved BPL’s proposed sale. Next, the deal goes before Borough President Eric Adam at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 18. If it passes that hurdle, it still needs to move through the City Planning Commission and New York’s City Council before becoming final.

Branching Out, July 2015

Perdue’s $798 million Active Learning Center, to consolidate six libraries, will open in 2017; Gwinnett County and the City of Lilburn, GA, broke ground on a combined Lilburn City Hall and branch library; and more Branching Out news about new construction and renovations from the July 2015 issue of Library Journal.

AKA “The Student Success Center” | From the Bell Tower

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“Library” sounds dated and can make for a hard sell with trustees and potential donors. How about something with a little more pizzazz?

Lee Van Orsdel Re-Thinks Library Design

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When Michigan’s Grand Valley State University (GSVU) built a new library a few years ago, Dean of Libraries Lee Van Orsdel wanted staff and stakeholders alike to throw out the rulebook on library design. The result was an acclaimed space that has been a hit with GVSU students, driving more traffic to the library and changing how students use it—changes that in turn have even influenced other industries.

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Spring 2015

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New construction/renovations offer the opportunity to try new ideas in furnishings and design. Here are a few that delighted staff and users alike.

Product Sourcebook | Library by Design, Spring 2015

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Arcadia Spot (top r.)
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Library by Design’s new Product Sourcebook, debuting here, spotlights a curated selection of newly introduced library furnishings and finishings in key purchasing categories, which will rotate in each issue. This inaugural version highlights soft seating and displays.

Branching Out | Library by Design, Spring 2015

Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, Palo Alto, CA

SOUTH The new Northside Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA, opened on March 16. The 30,000 square foot, $11.8 million facility in what was a hardware supply store replaces its 16,000 square foot 1991 shopping center predecessor. The HBM Architects–designed library features a Maker space; conference rooms; a dedicated teen space with music […]

Branching Out, June 2015

Chula Vista Public Library, CA, opened community space, the Hub; renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library will begin on August 1, and more new construction and renovation news from the June 1, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Boston Public Library’s Redesign in Progress

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The average age of users in the newly renovated second floor of Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Johnson Building has come down at least a decade, according to BPL President Amy Ryan, and it’s easy to see why. The goal was to create a library that is flexible and responsive to user needs. BPL’s management is serious about the principles in its strategic plan, called the Compass. “We take those eight principles very seriously. We even take fun (Principle #8) seriously…. It really is about the user, the expectations of the user of all ages.” said Amy Ryan, BPL’s CEO.