New Landmark Libraries 2012 by the Library Journal...

Jul 6, 2012 by

The Library Journal published its landmark academic libraries list for 2012.: 1. Goucher Athenaeum, Goucher College, Baltimore.  Architect: RMJM/Hillier 2. Berkeley Law Library, University of California.  Architect: Ratcliff Architects 3. William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library. Ohio State University, Columbus. Architect: Acock Associates Architects 4. South Mountain Community Library, Phoenix. Architect: richärd+bauer architecture 5. Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, Seattle University. Architect: Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Inc. Honorable mentions Science and Engineering Library, Columbia University, New York. Architect:: Rafael Moneo Vallés Arquitecto University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson.  Architect: Line and Space, LLC Ten trends were identified among the winners: library as forum, library as partner, connection to the campus, daylight, friendly to pedestrians, whole-student support, re-purposing collection spaces, design flexibility for unknown futures, IT integration and Gold LEED status. The issue describe each site with more details. Some things I particularly like are Goucher’s Athenaeum spaces with no purposes, the five entrances to...

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2012 Joint Spring Conference in Kentucky...

Apr 27, 2012 by

I’ve just returned from the 2012 Annual Joint Spring Conference of the Kentucky Library Association Academic Library Section, Kentucky Library Association Special Library Section and Special Libraries Association Kentucky Chapter in Jamestown, KY. I had not attended this particular state conference since 2005. It was very nice to talk to past colleagues I had not seen in years. Always taking place in a state park, the bucolic setting creates a more relaxed atmosphere for the attendees. And, I admit, I greatly enjoyed an environment with more relief than the very flat vistas of Central Florida.  However, the speakers are still taking the conference very seriously and do a very professional job of presenting. The theme of the conference was “Become the Library They Need: Understanding User Expectations”. Several sessions thus covered students and/or faculty perceptions,...

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The CRL and the Linda Hall Library now form Global Resources Partnership...

Apr 4, 2012 by

Interesting bit of news about a new partnership between the Center for Research Libraries and the Linda Hall Library, the independent research library for engineering and science. The objectives of this new partnership is preservation and access. Libraries that are CRL members will have the opportunity to have materials digitized from the predominantly print Hall collections and sent to them by...

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UK libraries and design

Mar 22, 2012 by

I learned about a great website today for anyone interested in library design and architecture. Designing Libraries is a collaborative website where UK libraries can post information about their design/redesign, construction and renovation projects. There are a database of projects, a marketplace, photo galleries and the...

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Anti-open access bill dead on arrival...

Mar 2, 2012 by

Just a quick link to a well-written post about the Research Works Act debacle, by Rebecca Trager of Chemistry World. Isn’t it interesting to learn that one of the major backers of the RWA, mega-commercial publisher Elsevier, abandoned its support of the bill just hours before it’s dropped in the...

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