Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas

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A cutting-edge text capturing the insights and practical ideas of leading international librarians, educators, and designers, Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas addresses the critical question of how libraries can maximize spaces through design. Editor Les Watson and his contributors offer a "creative resource bank" that introduces key concepts, draws together opinions, and encourages new ways of thinking about library learning spaces for the future. A must-have text for those involved in the design and development of library and learning spaces, as well as LIS students and professionals getting to grips with the importance of library design, this book

  • Describes features of library space around the world through a selection of focused case studies, Identifying common directions and ideas as well as highlighting country and regional diversity
  • Looks at the why and how of library space, covering topics such as contextual factors, current ideas in library space development, and the creative design of new spaces
  • Examines how library spaces are adapting to new forms of learning, digital literacies. and technological fluency
  • Looks to the future of libraries and their learning spaces, through the perspective of librarians, learning specialists, academics, architects, an interior designer, a furniture designer, a management specialist, and others

Introduction - Les WatsonScopeStructureThe changing environmentThe resource factorIt's not just librariesThe need for this book
Section 1Chapter 1 – UK projects and trends – Les Watson and Jan Howden1.1 Introduction1.2 Ayr Campus Library – University of the West of Scotland1.3 The Forum – University of Exeter1.4 The Hive – University of Worcester and Worcester County Council1.5 Leeds Central Library1.6 The Saltire Centre – Glasgow Caledonian University1.7 Trends            1.7.1 Open plan space                    1.7.2 Technology rich space            1.7.3 Service rich environments            1.7.4 Service Integration            1.7.5 Developing learning communities
Chapter 2 – USA projects and trends – Matthew Simon2.1 Introduction2.2 Wells College Library2.3 Carnegie Public Libraries2.4 Parkway North High School Library2.5 Delaware State University – William C. Jason Library2.6 The Alden Library at Ohio University2.7 Conclusions2.8 The Information Commons – A Brief History – Matthew Simon
Chapter 3 – China projects and trends – Hugh Anderson3.1 Introduction3.2 Shandong University of Science and Technology3.3 Ordos Library3.4 Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Xiamen Campus3.5 Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Library, Haxi Campus3.6 Li Yuan Library3.7 Trends
Chapter 4 – Hong Kong projects and trends – Professor Bob Fox and Peter Sidorko4.1 Introduction4.2 The City University of Hong Kong Library4.3 The University of Hong Kong Main Library4.4 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library4.5 The Architecture Library at the Chinese University of Hong Kong4.6 The Hong Kong Public Library System4.7 Trends
Chapter 5 – Europe projects and trends – Joyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels5.1 Introduction5.2 BK City5.3 The Bookmountain5.4 Stuttgart City Library5.5 O.A.S.E.5.6 Trends
Chapter 6 – Australasia projects and trends – Professor Roland Sussex, Professor Peter Tregloan and Professor Philip Long6.1 Introduction6.2 Cooroy Library6.3 Mt Gambier Library6.4 The Edge, State Library of Queensland6.5 Queensland's Indigenous Knowledge Centres6.6 National State Libraries of Australasia6.7 Conclusion
Section 1 summary – Les Watson
Section 2 Introduction – Les Watson
Chapter 7 – Library Space and Technology – Les Watson7.1 Will technology kill the library?7.2 Change we expect – revolutions we don't7.3 What is technology?7.4 Tactics to Strategy7.5 Technology rich Library space today7.6 Technology management7.7 A conversational journey7.8 Enhancing technology rich space7.9 Understanding and supporting the library community7.10 Big Data7.11 Robots – removing routine
Chapter 8 – Libraries information and Learning – Les Watson and Jan Howden8.1 Information, IT, learning and new forms of literacy8.2 We live in a conceptual age8.3 Focus on the experience8.4 What's happening with learning8.5 It's diversity8.6 Variety and flexibility
Chapter 9 – Key Ideas on Space – Les Watson9.1 Introduction9.2 Creativity and experiences9.3 Spaces that speak to us9.4 Emotional impact of space9.5 The third place9.6 Variety with balance9.7 Flow9.8 Open plan vs enclosed space9.9 Zoning9.10 Semi-private space9.11 Creating a 21st century library
Chapter 10 – Thinking it Through – Les Watson10.1 Introduction10.2 Acknowledge the past – think future10.3 Space is strategic10.4 Anticipate10.5 Continuous thinking10.6 Insight10.7 Tools for thinking with            10.7.1 Imagineering            10.7.2 Metaphors and stories            10.7.3 Consult across domains            10.7.4 Evaluate            10.7.5 Model the user            10.7.6 Experiment10.8 Conclusion
Section 3Introduction – Les Watson
Chapter 11 - Beyond Space: Access is All – Or Is It? – Professor David Baker11.1 Introduction11.2 Out with the old; in with the new11.3 Jisc and space11.4 Space: the final frontierAppendix: Key drivers for the University and the Library
Chapter 12 – Thinking Inside the Box – Colin Allan12.1 Introduction12.2 Library – an outmoded type of building12.3 Beware of ICT!12.4 How to be popular12.5 Spaces on the edge12.6 Rooms vs. Spaces12.7 Circulation12.8 Designing for people not for books12.9 Flexibility
Chapter 13 – Nothing has Changed/Everything has Changed – The Enduring Aspects of Learning – Hugh Anderson13.1 The limitation of "library"13.2 Activity-led design13.3 What can libraries learn?13.4 More questions than answers13,5 Extrapolating into the future13.6 The way forward
Chapter 14 – Books, nooks and MOOCS – Jo Dane
Chapter 15 – The Researcher's View: Context is Critical – Professor Sheila Corrall and Dr. Ray Lester
Chapter 16 – Libraries in the Networked Society: Evolution, Revolution, Extinction? – Chris Batt OBE16.1 Welcome to the Network Society16.2 Libraries in the Network Society16.3 Evolution, Revolution, Extinction
Chapter 17 – Libraries at the Heart of Campus Life – Graham Bulpitt17.1 Libraries at the heart of campus life17.2 Students, learning and libraries17.3 The integrated student hub17.4 Supporting learners in the community17.5 Educational innovation17.6 Super-convergence: a strategic approach to working with students
Chapter 18 – The Library has Left the Building - Joyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels18.1 Introduction18.2 The context library18.3 The city as library18.4 Implications for the future
Chapter 19 – Beyond Analogue: The Learning Studio as Media-Age Library – Dr. Kyle Dickson19.1 Introduction19.2 Towards media fluency19.3 The third literacy19.4 Libraries and the third literacy19.5 Toward collaborative thinking19.6 Support for advanced users19.7 Building a coral reef
Chapter 20 – 3-D Libraries for 3-D Smarting – Jef Staes20.1 Unintended Consequences, book-based learning creates sheep20.2 2D-Teachers20.3 Smarting20.4 Smarts, the new students, teachers and employees in the 3D-Age20.5 3D-BookGrowthArt, the art of making books grow20.6 A vision20.7 3D-Libraries
Chapter 21 – Learning Landscapes, the Library and the University of Lincoln: efficiency, effectiveness, expression and experimentation – Professor Mike Neary and Sam Williams21.1 E-Learning Landscapes21.2 Learning Spaces Group21.3 The Library21.4 A case study
Chapter 22 – Viral Design: Learners Building Better Environments Together – Professor Stephen Heppell
Chapter 23 – The interior designer's view – Val Clugston23.1 Introduction23.2 People centered design23.3 Our methodology23.4 Other spatial models23.5 A collaborative approach23.6 Community identity and communication23.7 Conclusion
Chapter 24 – Furniture Fit to the Future – Paul White24.1 What is furniture for?24.2 Staff versus the machine24.3 Front of house minimized24.4 Managing your total library experience24,5 Flexibility24.6 Tables and chairs24.7 Love to lounge24.8 My space your space24.9 Display24.10 Kids are the future24.11 Learning Spaces24.12 Focus space24.13 Outside – the unexplored asset24.14 So where to from here?
Chapter 25 – Conclusions – Les Watson

Les Watson

Les Watson is a well-respected educational advisor and consultant on learning spaces. Previously, as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, he led the landmark development of the Learning Cafe, REAL@Caledonian, and the award winning Saltire Center.

"Informed and informative, Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas is an invaluable and seminal contribution to the field of Library Science and is highly recommended for professional and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists."
--Midwest Book Review

"The myriad examples of successful, recently created library spaces and plenty of thoughts on future library design make this an important title in the examination of library spaces. If you are building a new library or examining your current library spaces, this book should be on your must-read list."
— Australian Library Journal