October 19, 2017

Less Clutter, More Useful | The User Experience

Keeping libraries free from clutter shouldn’t be solely the purview of the fastidious. It’s something we all can and should be able to achieve. With less clutter, people will have an easier time of finding what they want, and they’ll have a more peaceful experience. Conversely, clutter in and around the library is a user experience issue we all must address.

Looking to Apple for Tech Lab Inspiration | Library by Design, Fall 2012

Challenge: How to turn an ornately designed, inconveniently shaped basement into a sleek, technology-driven community space? This was the question that Bostwick Design Partnership faced when taking on the task of creating TechCentral, Cleveland Public Library’s new technology center on the lower level of the library’s downtown Louis Stokes Wing.

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by Design, Fall 2012

Surprising, stunning, outrageous even—that’s what teens asked for and hot in these library spaces.

The Best of Interior Design: Public and Academic Library Winners | Library by Design, Fall 2012

Attendees of the annual American Library Association (ALA) conference in Anaheim, CA, this past June got an overview of stellar new library interior design when ALA’s Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) announced the winners of the latest ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Competition. The biennial awards honor excellence […]

How To Design Library Space with Kids in Mind | Library by Design, Fall 2012

When creating special spaces where children can experience joy in learning and investigation, public and school libraries often are inclined to produce primary-colored themed spaces that may appear on the surface to be kid-friendly. These spaces, however, can be a flat experience for children. Children appreciate good design, subtlety, and nuance. We should avoid talking down to them with the spaces we provide just for them.

Customizing User Design To Fit Your Community’s Needs | Library by Design, Fall 2012

The challenge of providing services to a changing community while operating more efficiently made the Denver Public Library’s (DPL) leaders realize they couldn’t afford to be all things to all people—at least not at every branch.

After zeroing in on each branch’s demographics and user patterns, librarians ascertained three different user groups and developed different strategies, such as refining the service delivery, and put them into play in 2005 and 2006. “It really is borrowed from marketing from the business world,” says Susan Kotarba, director of public services at DPL.

What’s Hot: The Latest in Library Products & Furnishings | Library by Design, Spring 2012

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Slaying a Sacred Cow with a Deck of Cards | Library by Design, Spring 2012

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, Spring 2012

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, Spring 2012

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.