March 21, 2018

NEH Announces New Grants to Support Humanities Infrastructure

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced a new program to create and sustain the infrastructure underlying humanities initiatives in public libraries, archives, museums, colleges and universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions.

Branching Out, December 2017

Openings abound: new Archives and Research Center (ARC) addition Texas State University, San Marcos’s STAR Park; revamped Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NY; renovated Shippensburg Public Library, PA; and more new construction and renovation news from the December 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Growing Home | Design Institute Design Challenges

Librarians from around the country convened on October 20 in Washington State, at Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s Vancouver Community Library for an exploration of community engagement, sustainable design, and adapting to changing needs. The building, a 2015 LJ New Landmark Library, serves as gathering place and convener for the midsize city and exemplified the day’s themes from start to finish.

Closure Plans for Cincinnati Library’s North Building Spark Concerns

Update: At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, December 20, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) board voted 5–0 (two members were not in attendance) not to sell the North Building. Instead, the library will seek a 1 mill tax levy in May, 2018 to help supplement its $54 million facilities plan. The library will host a community conversation on December 27.

Discovering Fun and Comfort | Year in Architecture 2017

Colorful, vibrant new spaces at the Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL; “Discovery Island,” at the Laurel Library, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, MD; and the renovated children’s room at the Central Branch of the Cranston Public Library, RI.

Renovation and Renewal Reveal Character | Year in Architecture 2017

Renovations reveal the library’s personality, from the renovated children’s area at the Oak Bend Branch of the St. Louis County Library to double bands of windows at the Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI, to the historic wing of the Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, ME, and more.

Community Centerpieces | Year in Architecture 2017

Built to anchor their communities: the Seguin Public Library, TX; Elmhurst Community Library, Queens Library, NY; the new Joplin Public Library, MO; and the Grove City Library, Southwest Public Libraries, OH.

A Sense of Play at Work | Year in Architecture 2017

Innovative learning spaces at the Cabot Science Library at the Pritzker Commons, Harvard University Science Center; Library of Engineering and Science, Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Purdue University; Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library, Ont.

Uncommon Common Spaces | Year in Architecture 2017

Common spaces remade at the Cozby Library and Community Commons, Coppell, TX; the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, Salisbury University, MD; and The new Havre de Grace Branch of the Harford County Public Library, MD.

Learning Spaces Transformed | Year in Architecture 2017

Library makeovers feature the Sorrells Engineering and Science Library at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; the two-story Heaton Family Learning Commons, Butler County Community College, PA; and the colorful the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.