Thompson Library wins architectural award...

Apr 18, 2011 by

The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library at Ohio State University, to which I referred to in my recent SLA Future Ready 365 blog post, just received the 2011 Library Building Award from the American Institute of Architects/ American Library Association....

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The New Academic Library Building...

Apr 4, 2011 by

Today, the SLA Future Ready 365 blog published the post I’ve prepared on the new academic library building. You can see it on the blog and I’m reproducing it below. Any SLA member can publish on the Future Ready 365 blog, simply send 250 words (or so) on how they are future ready to futureready365@sla.org. The New Academic Library Building Posted on April 4, 2011. Tags: collaboration, design, flexibility, insights, services, space planning, space use, strategic, user-centered by Catherine Lavallée-Welch, Florida & Caribbean Chapter, Academic, IT and Sci-Tech Divisions Could you describe the design of an academic library constructed in 2016? It’s easy to imagine following current trends: emphasis on the learning process and the creation of a learning community, more collaborative work, the increasing amount of electronic resources, the use of technology, increased...

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Virtual bookplates

Aug 28, 2009 by

I’ve been pondering bookplates as a fundraiser for a long while now. The administrative hurdles and my lack of time are enough to not do anything much about it right now. But could virtual bookplates be the solution? Found via the Libology Blog, a program at the University of Florida Smathers Libraries are doing just that. An item with a Virtual Bookplate from the University of Florida Smathers Libraries, which utilizes an 856 MARC field link to the virtual bookplate. A search box on their Donor web page gives donors (and others) an easy way to locate the donated items. The virtual bookplate for the item. A presentation on Slideshare (14 slides) providing an overview of their process.   Simple, elegant and more visible. Yes, some time is still needed to design the bookplates and...

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Another library flash mob

May 1, 2009 by

I linked a few months ago to a flash mob at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. More recently, several hundreds of students tried to enter the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga library during finals week. Two nights ago, it the was the William T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky to be visited by, depending of what you read, 300 to 1500 students. Knowing the building, basically a large 6-storied tube, the noise must have been deafening. Is this a increasing trend or is it more covered by the media? While I think the students have good intentions, the possibility of injury is present (crowd surfing, jumping off the building like at UTC). And, how does the event ends? At UNC, the crowd seemed to disperse rapidly on its own. At UTC, security...

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Comments to libraries

Mar 17, 2009 by

I have seen two examples recently of libraries reaching out to their users to gather their comments. Concordia University Libraries, in Montréal, Qué is using a web form (?) to gather comments and publishes responses via a blog. Questions/comments and answers are coming at a good clip. The Libraries administration actually uses the comments to improve services (as evidenced by double-sided printed by default and a Working Group on Noise) Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA held a “14 Days to have your say” event this past spring. They open up a blog where students could just say what they wanted about the libraries for a two-week period. Students could also comment on other posts. The libraries provided input and comment after the period and offered a report on what’s been acted on and...

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2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards...

Mar 6, 2009 by

The American Institute of Architects selected eight recipients for the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. For each winning library, I tried to link to the website and to project details, via the architects’ sites and/or via the Architectural Record, if available. Arabian Library, Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale, Arizona richard+bauer architecture, LLC about the project C.V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California Berkeley Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects about the project Chongqing Library, Chongqing, China Perkins Eastman Biblioteca Central Estatal Wigberto Jiménez Moreno, León, Guanajuato, Mexico Pei Partnership Architects LLP NYPL Francis Martin Library, Bronx, New York 1100 Architect, P.C. (not a direct link to the project) Gentry Public Library, Gentry, Arkansas Marlon Blackwell Architect about the project Minneapolis Central Library, Minneapolis Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects about the project Palo Verde Library / Maryvale...

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