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Better Library and Learning Space
Projects, Trends, Ideas

Edited By

Les Watson

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ISBN 9781783303113
Published March 31, 2019 by Facet Publishing
304 Pages


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Book Description

What are the most important things a 21st-century library should do with its space?

Each chapter in this cutting-edge text addresses this critical question, capturing the insights and practical ideas of leading international librarians, educators and designers to offer you a ‘creative resource bank’ that will help to transform your library and learning spaces. This is an innovative and practical toolkit introducing concepts, drawing together opinions and encouraging new ways of thinking about library learning spaces for the future.

The book is structured in three parts. Part 1 – Projects and trends describes features of library space around the world through a selection of focused case studies painting a global picture, identifying common directions and ideas as well as highlighting country and regional diversity.

Part 2 – Trends and ideas 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. It examines how library spaces are adapting to new forms of learning, digital literacies and technological fluency.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Les Watson SECTION 1 1. UK projects and trendsLes Watson and Jan Howden 2. USA projects and trendsMatthew Simon 3. China projects and trendsHugh Anderson 4. Hong Kong projects and trendsProfessor Bob Fox and Peter Sidorko 5. Europe projects and trendsJoyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels 6. Australasia projects and trendsProfessor Roland Sussex, Professor Peter Tregloan and Professor Philip Long SECTION 2 7. Library space and technologyLes Watson 8. Libraries information and learning Les Watson and Jan Howden 9. Key ideas on space Les Watson 10. Thinking it throughLes Watson SECTION 3 11. Beyond space: access is all – or is it?Professor David Baker 12. Thinking inside the box Colin Allan 13. Nothing has changed/everything has changed – the enduring aspects of learningHugh Anderson 14. Books, nooks and MOOCs Jo Dane 15. The researcher’s view: context is criticalProfessor Sheila Corrall and Dr. Ray Lester 16. Libraries in the networked society: evolution, revolution, extinction?Chris Batt OBE 17. Libraries at the heart of campus lifeGraham Bulpitt 18. The library has left the building - Joyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels 19. Beyond analogue: the learning studio as media-age libraryDr. Kyle Dickson 20. 3-D libraries for 3-D smartingJef Staes 21. Learning landscapes, the library and the University of Lincoln: efficiency, effectiveness, expression and experimentation Professor Mike Neary and Sam Williams 22. Viral design: learners building better environments togetherProfessor Stephen Heppell 23. The interior designer’s view Val Clugston 24. Furniture fit for the future Paul White 25. Conclusions – Les Watson

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Les Watson, well known for his work on the Saltire Centre, is now a freelance educational consultant on library, learning and IT issues. He has worked in education for 40 years as a teacher, lecturer, dean and pro-vice-chancellor and has managed libraries and information services in several organizations. He has considerable experience of library developments, creating, in addition to the Saltire Centre (2006), [email protected] (2001), [email protected] for Royal Holloway, University of London, (2008), and the Fountains refurbishment for York St John University (2011).