Better Library and Learning Space
Projects, Trends, Ideas
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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 trends – Les Watson and Jan Howden 2. USA projects and trends – Matthew Simon 3. China projects and trends – Hugh Anderson 4. Hong Kong projects and trends – Professor Bob Fox and Peter Sidorko 5. Europe projects and trends – Joyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels 6. Australasia projects and trends – Professor Roland Sussex, Professor Peter Tregloan and Professor Philip Long SECTION 2 7. Library space and technology – Les Watson 8. Libraries information and learning – Les Watson and Jan Howden 9. Key ideas on space – Les Watson 10. Thinking it through – Les 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 learning – Hugh Anderson 14. Books, nooks and MOOCs – Jo Dane 15. The researcher’s view: context is critical – Professor 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 life – Graham Bulpitt 18. The library has left the building - Joyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels 19. Beyond analogue: the learning studio as media-age library – Dr. Kyle Dickson 20. 3-D libraries for 3-D smarting – Jef 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 together – Professor Stephen Heppell 23. The interior designer’s view – Val Clugston 24. Furniture fit for the future – Paul White 25. Conclusions – Les Watson
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).