September 23, 2016

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Peter Bromberg to be Executive Director, Salt Lake City Public Library; Martin Garnar elected 2016–17 President of ALA’s Freedom To Read Foundation; Kevin Young appointed Director, NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the September 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

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Three More Standouts | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Honorable Mentions

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The New Landmark Library Honorable Mentions are three standout academic libraries destined to become classics.

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Odegaard Undergraduate Library | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Winner

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Through careful programming and design strategies to preserve the essence of the original building, the 2013 renovation of the Odegaard Under­graduate Library at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle not only meets the demand for active learning environments on campus but further catalyses it. The renovation transformed the interior from dark, decentralized, and difficult to navigate to a light-filled hub of activity and stimulus for pedagogical change.

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James B. Hunt Jr. Library | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Winner

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When the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh opened in 2013, it aimed to define the research library of the 21st century. In its place on the Centennial campus, sitting at the edge of a grand oval green space, the library connects two sections of campus, improves walkability, and anchors student activity across the represented disciplines.

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The Future of Reading | Designing the Future

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While reading is often thought of as a solitary activity, some of our best book experiences can be social. That shared story­telling experience, says Bob Stein, creator of the Institute for the Future of the Book, is coming to traditional books in a transformative way.

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Charles E. Shain Library | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Winner

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The renovation of the Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College in New London builds on a strong foundation of the past to nurture a new generation of students. Through judicious deselection, the use of compact shelving, and shifting and customizing the footprint of the stacks, the library was able to produce more study and collaborative spaces and keep the collection on-site. Thoughtful repurposing and creative reorganization epitomizes this project.

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James Branch Cabell Library | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Winner

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The updated James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), designed by Shepley Bulfinch, took inspiration from the original midcentury modern design and used it to transform the library into a campus jewel, embracing the school’s strengths in the arts. As one judge noted, the design was “executed with a very skillful hand.” Seeking to balance historic preservation with modern needs and heighten the library’s placement in a dense urban area, the firm reinterpreted many elements of the old building.

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The Future of Futures | Designing the Future

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Human-centered design, a highly creative approach to problem solving, is gaining popularity in libraries as they plan for what lies ahead. Also known as design thinking, it focuses on defining and then resolving concerns by paying attention to the needs, aspirations, and wishes of people—in the case of libraries, not only a library’s patrons but its staff, administration, and members of the community who may not be library customers…yet.

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Designing Our Future | Editorial

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At 140, Library Journal looks ahead, at what’s coming for our communities, and at the sophisticated ways today’s leaders are sculpting more nimble organizations to manage the challenges and opportunities on the horizon.

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Learning Life Cycle | New Landmark Libraries 2016

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The 2016 New Landmark Libraries highlight academic libraries that are setting the standard for both new construction and renovations. These five winners and three honorable mentions inspire by illustrating the creativity, innovation, and imagination that can spring from even the most modest budget. The trends, ideas, and methods provide inspiration for other projects and efforts, large or small.