This timely book addresses physical space in university libraries in the digital age. It considers the history of the use of space, integrates case studies from around the world with theoretical perspectives, explores recent developments including new build and refurbishment. With users at the forefront, chapters cover different aspects of learning and research support provision, shared services, and evaluation of space initiatives. Library staff requirements and green issues are outlined. The book also looks to the future, identifying the key strategic issues and trends that will influence and shape future library spaces. The authors are international, senior university library managers and academics who provide a range of views and approaches and experience of individual projects and initiatives.
'This is a timely and very useful work. Through its breadth it manages to consider comprehensively the full spectrum of issues which we as librarians face when dealing with our beloved and occasionally beleaguered physical space. It should prove of value to those who are involved in any aspect of the library’s space - from the person considering a new configuration for a print collection or teaching room, through to those who are embarking on a major new building programme. When one considers how the pace of change seems to be ever increasing, it seems logical to assume that its impact will continue to be felt in all aspects of our work. In terms of the physical library, this book can act as a valuable aid.' Ariadne 'This is essential reading for campus managers, those in leadership roles, and postgraduate library management courses.' Managing Information '… a very practical and useful collection that performs a valuable service in drawing attention to the complexity of designing effective university library spaces.' Australian Academic & Research Libraries '… University Libraries and Space in the Digital World provides a very useful overview of the evolution of the use of physical space in university libraries.' SCONUL Focus 'University Libraries and Space in the Digital World is one of the few publications attempting to address an international audience regarding space planning. It is well conceived and well written. I recommend it for academic librarians of all types including university librarians, who are engaged in space planning now…' Libraries and the Academy ’ … provides a window into nearly all of the issues that affect university libraries today. In light of this, I would recommend it to new professionals entering the HE sector as well as to those with a particular interest in library spaces.’ Library and Information Research
Contents: Preface; Space in the university library - an introduction, Sarah Childs, Graham Matthews and Graham Walton; Space in the university library: an historical perspective, John Feather; The multifaceted place: current approaches to university library space, Olaf Eigenbrodt; Library space and technology, Robert P. Holley; Library space and print, Louise Jones; From stronghold to threshold: new library and new opportunities, Chris Banks; A great opportunity: redeveloping library space, Sheila Cannell; Sharing space in university libraries, Leo Appleton; University library staff accommodation: why space matters for the forgotten army, Jon Purcell; Re-imagining space for learning in the university library, Peter Jamieson; University libraries - research space, Terry B. Hill and Mohan Ramaswamy; Evaluation of space and use: Introduction Graham Matthews, A case study from Finland, Anne Lehto, Eija Poteri and Mirja Iivonen; Sustainability in the library - ’green’ issues, Graham Matthews; Space, use and university libraries - the future?, Sarah Childs, Graham Matthews and Graham Walton; Index.