Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas

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A cutting-edge text capturing the insights and practical ideas of leading international librarians, educators, and designers, Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas addresses the critical question of how libraries can maximize spaces through design. Editor Les Watson and his contributors offer a "creative resource bank" that introduces key concepts, draws together opinions, and encourages new ways of thinking about library learning spaces for the future. A must-have text for those involved in the design and development of library and learning spaces, as well as LIS students and professionals getting to grips with the importance of library design, this book

  • Describes features of library space around the world through a selection of focused case studies, Identifying common directions and ideas as well as highlighting country and regional diversity
  • Looks at the why and how of library space, covering topics such as contextual factors, current ideas in library space development, and the creative design of new spaces
  • Examines how library spaces are adapting to new forms of learning, digital literacies. and technological fluency
  • Looks to the future of libraries and their learning spaces, through the perspective of librarians, learning specialists, academics, architects, an interior designer, a furniture designer, a management specialist, and others
Introduction - Les Watson
The changing environment
The resource factor
It's not just libraries
The need for this book
Section 1
Chapter 1 – UK projects and trends – Les Watson and Jan Howden
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Ayr Campus Library – University of the West of Scotland
1.3 The Forum – University of Exeter
1.4 The Hive – University of Worcester and Worcester County Council
1.5 Leeds Central Library
1.6 The Saltire Centre – Glasgow Caledonian University
1.7 Trends
            1.7.1 Open plan space        
            1.7.2 Technology rich space
            1.7.3 Service rich environments
            1.7.4 Service Integration
            1.7.5 Developing learning communities
Chapter 2 – USA projects and trends – Matthew Simon
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Wells College Library
2.3 Carnegie Public Libraries
2.4 Parkway North High School Library
2.5 Delaware State University – William C. Jason Library
2.6 The Alden Library at Ohio University
2.7 Conclusions
2.8 The Information Commons – A Brief History – Matthew Simon
Chapter 3 – China projects and trends – Hugh Anderson
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Shandong University of Science and Technology
3.3 Ordos Library
3.4 Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Xiamen Campus
3.5 Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Library, Haxi Campus
3.6 Li Yuan Library
3.7 Trends
Chapter 4 – Hong Kong projects and trends – Professor Bob Fox and Peter Sidorko
4.1 Introduction
4.2 The City University of Hong Kong Library
4.3 The University of Hong Kong Main Library
4.4 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library
4.5 The Architecture Library at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
4.6 The Hong Kong Public Library System
4.7 Trends
Chapter 5 – Europe projects and trends – Joyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels
5.1 Introduction
5.2 BK City
5.3 The Bookmountain
5.4 Stuttgart City Library
5.5 O.A.S.E.
5.6 Trends
Chapter 6 – Australasia projects and trends – Professor Roland Sussex, Professor Peter Tregloan and Professor Philip Long
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Cooroy Library
6.3 Mt Gambier Library
6.4 The Edge, State Library of Queensland
6.5 Queensland's Indigenous Knowledge Centres
6.6 National State Libraries of Australasia
6.7 Conclusion
Section 1 summary – Les Watson
Section 2 
Introduction – Les Watson
Chapter 7 – Library Space and Technology – Les Watson
7.1 Will technology kill the library?
7.2 Change we expect – revolutions we don't
7.3 What is technology?
7.4 Tactics to Strategy
7.5 Technology rich Library space today
7.6 Technology management
7.7 A conversational journey
7.8 Enhancing technology rich space
7.9 Understanding and supporting the library community
7.10 Big Data
7.11 Robots – removing routine
Chapter 8 – Libraries information and Learning – Les Watson and Jan Howden
8.1 Information, IT, learning and new forms of literacy
8.2 We live in a conceptual age
8.3 Focus on the experience
8.4 What's happening with learning
8.5 It's diversity
8.6 Variety and flexibility
Chapter 9 – Key Ideas on Space – Les Watson
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Creativity and experiences
9.3 Spaces that speak to us
9.4 Emotional impact of space
9.5 The third place
9.6 Variety with balance
9.7 Flow
9.8 Open plan vs enclosed space
9.9 Zoning
9.10 Semi-private space
9.11 Creating a 21st century library
Chapter 10 – Thinking it Through – Les Watson
10.1 Introduction
10.2 Acknowledge the past – think future
10.3 Space is strategic
10.4 Anticipate
10.5 Continuous thinking
10.6 Insight
10.7 Tools for thinking with
            10.7.1 Imagineering
            10.7.2 Metaphors and stories
            10.7.3 Consult across domains
            10.7.4 Evaluate
            10.7.5 Model the user
            10.7.6 Experiment
10.8 Conclusion
Section 3
Introduction – Les Watson
Chapter 11 - Beyond Space: Access is All – Or Is It? – Professor David Baker
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Out with the old; in with the new
11.3 Jisc and space
11.4 Space: the final frontier
Appendix: Key drivers for the University and the Library
Chapter 12 – Thinking Inside the Box – Colin Allan
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Library – an outmoded type of building
12.3 Beware of ICT!
12.4 How to be popular
12.5 Spaces on the edge
12.6 Rooms vs. Spaces
12.7 Circulation
12.8 Designing for people not for books
12.9 Flexibility
Chapter 13 – Nothing has Changed/Everything has Changed – The Enduring Aspects of Learning – Hugh Anderson
13.1 The limitation of "library"
13.2 Activity-led design
13.3 What can libraries learn?
13.4 More questions than answers
13,5 Extrapolating into the future
13.6 The way forward
Chapter 14 – Books, nooks and MOOCS – Jo Dane
Chapter 15 – The Researcher's View: Context is Critical – Professor Sheila Corrall and Dr. Ray Lester
Chapter 16 – Libraries in the Networked Society: Evolution, Revolution, Extinction? – Chris Batt OBE
16.1 Welcome to the Network Society
16.2 Libraries in the Network Society
16.3 Evolution, Revolution, Extinction
Chapter 17 – Libraries at the Heart of Campus Life – Graham Bulpitt
17.1 Libraries at the heart of campus life
17.2 Students, learning and libraries
17.3 The integrated student hub
17.4 Supporting learners in the community
17.5 Educational innovation
17.6 Super-convergence: a strategic approach to working with students
Chapter 18 – The Library has Left the Building - Joyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels
18.1 Introduction
18.2 The context library
18.3 The city as library
18.4 Implications for the future
Chapter 19 – Beyond Analogue: The Learning Studio as Media-Age Library – Dr. Kyle Dickson
19.1 Introduction
19.2 Towards media fluency
19.3 The third literacy
19.4 Libraries and the third literacy
19.5 Toward collaborative thinking
19.6 Support for advanced users
19.7 Building a coral reef
Chapter 20 – 3-D Libraries for 3-D Smarting – Jef Staes
20.1 Unintended Consequences, book-based learning creates sheep
20.2 2D-Teachers
20.3 Smarting
20.4 Smarts, the new students, teachers and employees in the 3D-Age
20.5 3D-BookGrowthArt, the art of making books grow
20.6 A vision
20.7 3D-Libraries
Chapter 21 – Learning Landscapes, the Library and the University of Lincoln: efficiency, effectiveness, expression and experimentation – Professor Mike Neary and Sam Williams
21.1 E-Learning Landscapes
21.2 Learning Spaces Group
21.3 The Library
21.4 A case study
Chapter 22 – Viral Design: Learners Building Better Environments Together – Professor Stephen Heppell
Chapter 23 – The interior designer's view – Val Clugston
23.1 Introduction
23.2 People centered design
23.3 Our methodology
23.4 Other spatial models
23.5 A collaborative approach
23.6 Community identity and communication
23.7 Conclusion
Chapter 24 – Furniture Fit to the Future – Paul White
24.1 What is furniture for?
24.2 Staff versus the machine
24.3 Front of house minimized
24.4 Managing your total library experience
24,5 Flexibility
24.6 Tables and chairs
24.7 Love to lounge
24.8 My space your space
24.9 Display
24.10 Kids are the future
24.11 Learning Spaces
24.12 Focus space
24.13 Outside – the unexplored asset
24.14 So where to from here?
Chapter 25 – Conclusions – Les Watson

Les Watson

Les Watson is a well-respected educational advisor and consultant on learning spaces. Previously, as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, he led the landmark development of the Learning Cafe, REAL@Caledonian, and the award winning Saltire Center.

"Informed and informative, Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas is an invaluable and seminal contribution to the field of Library Science and is highly recommended for professional and academic library reference collections and supplemental reading lists."
--Midwest Book Review

"The myriad examples of successful, recently created library spaces and plenty of thoughts on future library design make this an important title in the examination of library spaces. If you are building a new library or examining your current library spaces, this book should be on your must-read list."
— Australian Library Journal

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