June 18, 2018

Rolf Hapel: Toward a Global Instruction and Practice

Rolf Hapel, Director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark since 2006, will be stepping into the role of Distinguished Professor of Practice in Residence at the University of Washington Information School (UW iSchool), Seattle.

Watchung, NJ Borough Council Votes to Close Library

Update: A local citizens’ group, Keep a Library in Watchung, has filed a lawsuit in Somerset County Superior Court against the Borough Council, seeking to overturn its decision to close the library. The suit alleges that the council’s actions violate the New Jersey State Constitution of 1947 as well as the U.S. Constitution, the Open Public Meetings Act, the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, and New Jersey’s Local Housing and Redevelopment Act.

Chicago PL to Build Branch in Obama Center

While the planned Barack Obama Presidential Center (OPC) will not contain a traditional presidential library of physical archives from Obama’s two terms as president, it will hold a library: a branch of the Chicago Public Library (CPL), located in one of the OPC’s four buildings. Rather than a presidential library’s usual patrons—researchers and scholars—the new CPL branch will serve the Jackson Park neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side, the OPC’s future home. This partnership will be the first of its kind.

Sustainability, Squared: Great Buildings Are Just the Start | Editorial

The six projects that won the 2018 AIA/ALA Building Awards are worth a good look. The awards, presented each year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), celebrate excellence in architectural design and help identify trends to consider in new buildings or renovations.

Good Bones | Library Design

The key notes of the Laurel Branch Library—transparency and playfulness—work together.

Certified Sustainable | Library Design

NYLA’s benchmarking system helps libraries, step by step, attain organizationwide sustainability.

Inclusive Restroom Design | Library Design

Until recently, the widespread re­examination of library design principles largely stopped at the bathroom door. But that’s changing as awareness spreads that many patrons identify as transgender, non­binary, agender, genderfluid, or otherwise don’t fall within the male/female binary.

Reaching Net Zero | Library Design

Colorado College’s library renovation added space, services, and facilities while achieving ambitious sustainability goals.

2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Announced

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) partners each year with the American Library Association (ALA)/Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) to recognize the best in library architecture and design. The 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, announced on April 6, included public libraries from Cape Cod to California.

Branching Out, February 1, 2018

Kenyon College receives $175 million; La Porte County Public Library, IN, wins an AIA merit award; Rockford Public Library, IL, will get a new building; and more new construction and renovation news from the February 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.