Also, each year the April issue of American Libraries, and a December issue of Library Journal, are devoted to reports on library buildings and architecture. These are excellent for visual “inspiration,” as well as being a resource about regional projects of interest.
“American School & University” Penton Media, Inc. 26 September 2009 Since 1928, American School & University has been the information source for education facilities and business professionals—serving the nation’s K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities.
“Library and Media Center Design—K-12: Resource List.” National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities: Resource List. 26 September 2009 NCEF's resource list of links, books, and journal articles on the design and planning of K-12 school libraries, including sample city and state guidelines, and resources on technology requirements.
“Planning and Building Libraries.” The University of British Columbia. School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. 26 September 2009. This site has been created for architects, librarians, design consultants, and students interested in planning and building libraries. It contains information on architects, planning, programming, standards, interiors, lighting, automation, barrier-free design, security, health, and notable libraries. The site was developed by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia.
“School Designs.” Penton Media, Inc. American School & University. 26 September 2009. Launched in 1999 as a virtual gallery of American School & University magazine's Architectural Portfolio and Educational Interiors Showcase issues, SchoolDesigns.com has become the online destination for everyone interested in the latest education facility ideas and information.
K-12converge.com: K12 Education Technology Discussion and Views with Jim Heynderickx. Library Design Research: Based on visiting seven independent school libraries in the New York City area last week, here are some of my takeaway ideas and notes about library design, use and technology integration.
I was the Director of the Edsel Ford Library at The Hotchkiss School from 1970 to 2011. I have consulted with more than thirty independent school libraries on facilities planning and programming. I am a member of the American Library Association, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the AASL section, the Independent School Section. I am also a member of the Association of Independent School Librarians and the 2006 recipient of its “Marky” award for distinctive service to the profession and to that organization.
Everyone feels confident he or she knows what a library is. Yet, no two libraries are alike. When planning a new library facility, or a substantial renovation of an existing one, it is important to keep this in mind. Because many feel they already know what a library is, heads of school, even most architects, are unaware of the special planning required to develop a library building program. They have no idea how many problems can result from a lack of extensive discussions with the library staff. As a result, there are many school boards or administrators that simply direct their architect to build a library. Librarians are seldom consulted by either their head of school or the architects as plans develop to build a new library facility. Walter DeMelle shares insights he has gained based on four decades’ experience in an independent school library which has undergone two major renovation projects and an expansion which quadrupled the size of the facility, along with building program consulting he has done on more than thirty independent school library projects. The chapter provides a roadmap for librarians with little facilities planning experience to maneuver the complicated processes and politics of planning library spaces and suggests ways by which a librarian can actively participate in planning a facility which reflects the uniqueness of her school.