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The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Library Space
Christopher Stewart
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8552-6
Publisher: ACRL
Price: $44.00
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116 pages
10” x 8”
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8552-6
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: P
The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Library Space is the first comprehensive study of planning and construction of academic library buildings completed entirely in the new century. Given digitization of collections, the dynamic mix of new learning spaces with traditional library functions, and other factors informing contemporary library design, the digital age has not raised so much the question of if libraries will survive, but how they will survive. This book answers this question, among others, by looking to academic library building projects completed in recent years.
Table of Contents

chapter one. Why Study Academic Library Buildings?
                                    1         A Changing Landscape
                                    1         Background
                                    2         Purpose and Significance of the Study
                                    4         Questions for the Research
                                    4         Discussing the Study: An Overview

chapter two. Thinking about Library Space
                                    7         History
                                    8         Characteristics of New Library Space
                                    10       The Library’s Role in Learning
                                    12       Physical Collections and the Library Space
                                    14       The Library as Place
                                    15       Measuring Use
                                    16       Frameworks for Educational Architecture
                                    17       Planning
                                    19       Conclusion

chapter three. Strategies for Research
                                    21       Creating an Inventory of New Library Buildings
                                    23       Institutional Data for Colleges and Universities that Built New Libraries
                                    25       Survey Design
                                    26       Conclusion

chapter four. The Big Picture: An Overview of Recent U.S. Academic Library Construction
                                    27       New Academic Library Buildings, 2003–2009
                                    27       Types of Institutions that Built New Libraries
                                    31       Size and Cost of New Libraries
                                    37       Comparison of New Library Construction Activity
                                               Between 2003–2009 and 1996–2002
                                    39       Summary

chapter five. Responses to the Survey
                                    41       Timeframe and Process
                                    42       Institutional Factors and New Academic Buildings
                                    44       Conclusion

chapter six. Planning New Library Buildings
                                    45       Age of Buildings Being Replaced
                                    47       Sources of Funding for New Library Buildings
                                    47       Planning Factors for New Academic Library Buildings
                                    49       Modern Library Planning: Implications for Physical Collections
                                    54       Conclusion

chapter seven. General Characteristics of New Library Buildings
                                    55       Size of New Space Compared with Old Building
                                    57       Multiuse
                                    59       Technology
                                    59       Seating
                                    60       Access and Policies
                                    61       Conclusion

chapter eight. User Space
                                    000     Seating
                                    000     Learning Space: Group Study
                                    66       Learning Space: Library Classrooms
                                    67       Learning Space: Quiet Study
                                    67       Faculty Space
                                    68       Conclusion

chapter nine. Usage
                                    69       Role of New Library Building in the Academic Life of the Institution
                                    70       Role of New Library Building in the Social/Cultural Life of the Institution
                                    71       Use of the New Building
                                    74       Conclusion

chapter ten. Conclusion
                                    77       Background
                                    78       Overview of New Academic Library Construction
                                    78       Investigating New Academic Library Space
                                    80       Further Research
                                    81       Concluding Note

Appendix A: Survey
About the Author
Dr. Christopher Stewart is Dean of Libraries at Illinois Institute of Technology and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at Dominican University.

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