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Encoding Space: Shaping Learning Environments That Unlock Human Potential
Brian Mathews and Leigh Ann Soistmann for ACRL
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8825-1
 
Publisher: ACRL
Price: $62.00
 
 
 
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176 pages
9” x 7”
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8825-1
Year Published: 2016
AP Categories: P
Can we create library environments that inspire people to be more creative, collaborative, reflective, or engaged? That is the driving question of this imaginative book. Brian Mathews (Virginia Tech Libraries) weaves elements together from architecture, psychology, retail, neuroscience, and many other disciplines in this narrative about the evolution of library buildings. Re-conceptualizing libraries as showrooms, studios, salons, and boutiques, some new directions are outlined for discussion about the future. The text encourages you and your team to look beyond the functional value of your facility, and to consider how libraries can also serve as an experimental landscape that helps foster well being and personal growth.

Featuring drawings and renderings from interior designer Leigh Ann Soistmann, Encoding Space is ideal for librarians and campus administrators looking to spark their creative thinking and push strategic conversations about the purpose, value, and future of library buildings.
Table of Contents

PROLOGUE: What’s the Building Trying to Tell Us?

THE GUIDING QUESTIONS

THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACE
Swayed By Our Surroundings
What Makes A Space A Place?
From Dichotomy To Ecology
Knowledge Spillovers
Purpose =  Elevate
Attachment
How Does This Space Make You Feel?
When A Chair Is More Than A Place To Sit
Space Imparts Action
Programmable Space

RETAIL (EXCHANGE)
Persuasive Spaces
The Most Important Thing
Vocabulary
Merchandising
Visual Cues
The Soul Of A Space
Audit Your Atmosphere
Color
A Point Of View
Nurturing The Scholarly Impulse
Is It What You Thought It Would Be?
Primed For Success
Store-Within-A-Store
Away From The Desk
Omni Channel
Curating Behaviors
Personalization
Responsive Space

DESIGN CONCEPTS
Knowledge Showrooms
Knowledge Studios
Knowledge Boutiques
Knowledge Salons

ENCODING ENVIRONMENTS
Individual Effects
Communal Effects
Empowerment
But Can We Encode?

CONCEPTUAL TRANSITIONS
Transition #1: From Third Place To Magnet Place
Transition #2: From Commons To Community
Elements of Community
Dwelling
Transition #3: From Transactions To Transformations
The Danger Of Being Service-Oriented
Transition #4: From User Centered To Learner Centered
Build It and They Will Come, So What?

COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS
Dynamic > Static
You Can’t Study Just One Bee
Play
Instruments of Innovation
A Great Big Box Of Parts

WELL-BEING
Heart
Hope
Brain

RADICAL COLLABORATION: A Manifesto

About the Authors

About the Authors

Brian Mathews
is an associate dean and learning space developer at the Virginia Tech Libraries. He has also held library positions at the University of California - Santa Barbara, Georgia Tech, and the George Washington University. 

Leigh Ann Soistmann studied interior design at Virginia Tech.
 
 

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