William W. Sannwald was assistant to the city manager and manager of library design and development from 1997 to 2004, and was city librarian of the San Diego Public Library from 1979 to 1997. He is now a full-time faculty member in the business school at San Diego State University, where he teaches senior and MBA classes in management. He also works as a library building and administrative consultant. He is the author of numerous books and articles on library architecture and management, including Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, and has presented papers at national and international conferences. Past president of the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), Sannwald was twice a jury member of the joint American Library Association/American Institute of Architects awards. He is the recipient of the San Diego American Institute of Architects chapter’s highest honor, the Irving Gill Award, for his contributions to library architecture.
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Library managers, administrators, and facilities staff will find this newly updated and revised resource an indispensable tool for any construction or renovation project regardless of size or complexity.
With staff time at a premium, and library budgets that leave little room for overages, undertaking a successful library building or renovation project requires precision planning, effective communication, and focused coordination. Using a checklist approach that will ensure that no detail is overlooked, this new edition of Sannwald's classic guide will help you stay prepared and organized for every phase of your project from conception through the dedication ceremony. This planner covers crucial considerations like
- the impacts of COVID-19, such as air quality, proper ventilation, CDC recommendations, collaborative spaces, and designing with open space in mind;
- how the shift to digital affects library building design, completely new to this edition;
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) factors, structured to match the federal code;
- sustainable design features, including sensors that save energy and water, and other “healthy building” topics;
- designing makerspaces, digital media labs, or leased library enterprises;
- disaster and recovery planning;
- creating quiet spaces;
- storage requirements for collections and materials-handling efficiency; and
- important aspects of virtual services to bear in mind during physical space decisions.
Praise for previous editions
”An essential resource. Utilization of the checklist will eliminate any element of doubt that planning bodies might endure during the library planning process of the new or refurbished space."
— Journal of Hospital Librarianship