Library services are evolving quickly, and many times our facilities were not designed to accommodate new service types. This course will provide an overview of trends in library design, outline techniques in assessment of space needs, and present ways to reclaim and reconfigure underused space for new functions. The lasting impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will also be considered. A real-life project in the student’s library will allow the practical application of concepts learned.
At a glance
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- Library space planning overview
- User experience and Design Thinking as applied to physical spaces
- Trends in library spaces, including the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Assessment of space needs and existing space
- Practical application
Expectations: Students will watch/read weekly assignments and participate in online discussions. During the last two weeks, students will choose and assess an existing space in their library and develop a plan for reconfiguration to provide a new or changed service, with online discussion of the process and short description of the final plan.
- Design Thinking
- Trends in library spaces
- The long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on library spaces
- Assessment of space needs
- Assessment of existing spaces
- Choose and assess an existing space
- Develop a new plan for the space
Instructor: Lauren Stara is a registered architect and former public library director. She has taught courses in library planning and design at two graduate library programs and has presented at library conferences across the US and Canada. She currently works as a Library Building Specialist at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.