July 29, 2014

What’s Hot: The Latest in Library Products & Furnishings | Library by Design

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Compiled by Ann Kim ARCHIVAL/ PRESERVATION Assembles in seconds Set up the Archival Miracle Box™ by simply pushing down to assemble and lock in place. The multifunctional buffered boxes with separate lids hold letter- or legal-size documents and feature double-reinforced walls for stacking. Acid-free and lignin-free. List Price: $14.95. Paige Co., 800-66-BOXES, www.paigecompany.com; also available […]

Slaying a Sacred Cow with a Deck of Cards | Library by Design

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When architecture firm GouldEvans participated in LJ’s Design Institute (DI) last year in Phoenix for the first time and took on the task of suggesting design ideas to Clark College’s Cannell Library in Vancouver, WA, Tony Rohr, principal at GouldEvans, asked himself, “How do we handle this?” The answer took the shape of a deck of cards referred to as the Idea Kit.

Case Study: How Social Media Built a Library | Library by Design

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In fall 2009, Bing Thom Architects (BTA) won a stimulus grant from the Canadian government to build the new $36 million (Canadian), 77,000 square foot Surrey City Centre Library, envisioned as a centerpiece of this fast-growing community outside Vancouver, BC. The caveat: use it or lose it. In exchange for the funding, construction had to be finished in 18 months—half the usual time allowed for such a project. “We got the grant in November and started working in December,” says Michael Heeney, principal at the Vancouver-based BTA. “By February, we were under construction.” The accelerated schedule meant there was no time to conduct essential public meetings and focus groups to find out what the community wanted from their new library. BTA’s solution: use social media.

Case Study: Exceptional Lighting Turns a Library Inside Out | Library by Design

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The goal of the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC, which opened in January 2011, was to give neighborhood residents a “grand, well-lit, inviting” place—a “fantastic library where people would want to spend time,” says Kim Fuller, District of Columbia Public Library’s (DCPL) project manager, who oversaw the library’s construction.

Case Study: The Small Steps You Can Take Toward Your Library Building Future | Library by Design

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When Mary Hougland took over as director of the Jennings County Public Library in rural North Vernon, IN, in January 2008, she wanted to turn the nearly 34,000 square foot, modern pole barn structure, a characterless building erected in 1997, into a “user-friendly” destination that would be “someplace where people wanted to hang out.”

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Outdoor Furniture and Art from Recent Building Projects | Library by Design

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Lolling Around Hennepin County Library—Maple Grove enhanced its outdoor reading porch with Loll Designs’ Adirondack chairs and benches, composed of recycled milk jugs. They encourage folks to step outside and enjoy the “newest community gathering space.” Loll Designs, www.lolldesigns.com How Your Readers Grow The Reading Garden adjacent to the Community Room of the Visitacion Valley […]

Building Smart: LJ’s Design Institute Inspires Spaces for the Future | Library by Design

The first panel on envisioning library futures through integrated building design offered pointed comments from Schaper and Barker Rinker Seacat’s Bruce Flynn (next photo)

Some 90 librarians, architects, and vendors gathered to talk about how to build for flexibility in uncertain times and brainstorm solutions to a handful of design challenges.

Design Institute: Six Space Challenges from Six Libraries | Library by Design

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See the Challenges and Brainstorms featured at LJ’s daylong Design Institute held November 11, 2011 at Phoenix’s Burton Barr Central Library.

Powerful Partnerships: Introduction and Best Practices | Library by Design

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Marriage. That’s how many librarians describe collaborative efforts with other organizations to fund and construct new library buildings, including joint-use facilities, to serve their communities.

Powerful Partnerships: Shared Sites | Library by Design

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Libraries have long shared acreage with other organizations as part of a civic campus, but today’s partnerships provide more than a convenient location for government services.