Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project, Second Edition

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Writing from the perspective of a librarian who has been through numerous building projects, Jeannette Woodward walks you through the process of overseeing the planning and construction of a building project. Packed with helpful checklists and worksheets, this revised edition includes

  • Updated references, standards, materials, and resources
  • Tips for efficient HVAC systems and evolving rules for LEED certification
  • Information on new technological issues

Using hands-on tools and real-life insider stories from librarians around the country, this is a must-have crash course in planning and building today's libraries!

Preface to the Second Edition


Chapter 1 Off to a Good Start
Chapter 2 The World of Architects and Contractors
Chapter 3 The Emerging Library Design
Chapter 4 Functional and Sustainable Buildings
Chapter 5 Human Needs and Energy-Efficient Buildings
Chapter 6 Technology in Twenty-First-Century Buildings
Chapter 7 Security and Safety in Today's World
Chapter 8 Creating Customer-Friendly Spaces: It's Not Just Decor
Chapter 9 Surviving Construction
Chapter 10 Moving In and Getting Settled


Jeannette Woodward

Jeannette Woodward is a principal of Wind River Library and Nonprofit Consulting. After a career in academic library administration, she began a second career in public libraries, serving as director of the Fremont County Library System in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Woodward is the author of several books, including What Every Librarian Should Know about Electronic Privacy (2007), Nonprofit Essentials: Managing Technology (2006), Creating the Customer-Driven Library: Building on the Bookstore Model (2005), and Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project (2000). She holds a master's degree in library and information science from Rutgers University, with doctoral study at the University of Texas at Austin.

"Having lived through a library renovation, this reviewer is certain that it would have been much easier with this book. Woodward gives excellent information for every step of the process. Many of her suggestions deal with the technical aspects of design and building, but she also delves into the personal realm, for example, the adversarial relationship that can arise between architect and librarian and how to avoid such problems ... This book is a necessary read for anyone considering construction or renovation of a library."