A multigenerational family business for library space planning. Now focusing on transition from print-based space to Learning Commons.
Way to create cultural significance in the physical environment of the library, using endcaps and other space considerations in re equipment and whatnot. In relation to what the library does/collects/serves.
National Library of Greece
Social Fabric - Multifunction space
Cafes don't matter as much as the social gathering space.
Library is a "Place" AND a "Set of Services"
Appreciative Inquiry - turn negatives into positives. What might be. Envisioning impact. what are the best parts of the library. Metaphor - develop a story.
Design - what should be; collaborative work
Basic Assumption that an organization is a problem to be solved, rather than a mystery to be embraced.
- Staff - the easy part, most architects can do in their sleep
Needs Assessment, including a visual scan storyboarding of existing space; basic and expanded library services.
Core collections and deposit collections
RFID Reference Collection - know where a certain book is at any time, even if the students squirrel them away. Prototype for heavy-use ones.
1 Seat = 300 volumes space-wise
Often space planning can trigger a larger change in the institution. Should be proactive and not just reactive.
150# per cubic foot, even if you're not using top and bottom shelves. You will.
Do a linear foot count of collection, and allow 1 sq ft per linear foot (to allow for aisle, etc) = Net Assignable Square Footage. Xx 1.3 to equal gross square footage.
Flexibility is crucial
Where is the med school gonna be in 2030?
Stanford uses these mobile smartboard carts that can go to whatever room.
The Living Edge - breathing space, personal space, a view PLUS electrical, network, etc.
~ 20 people per space, creates a more intimate environment, where people will self-police. More than that, and it's a horde.
Media wall - a lovely photo of a rat's brain at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology see examples http://vis.ucsd.edu/mediawiki/index.php/News
Quantitative side vs Qualitative side
No desk?!! Stanford has none in their undergrad space, staff walk around w/ tablets and phones. Students were texting the librarians at the desk anyhow!
Bubble diagram w/ service elements
Collaborative Learning Area
24 hr seating
Scholars workstations (reserved carrels)
Use corners for collaborative learning spaces
NATURAL Lighting wherever possible
Stanford - books on the wall are for show, really - in the main reading room, some of the least-used books. Not for browsing as much as an aesthetic environment.
If you must have a service point/node - make it flexible, moveable, adaptable.
Look at the Apple Store Genius Bar - it's really a reference desk!
Most new Academic Libraries are now including a Faculty Resource Center - particularly for older faculty members who need special help with ppt, blackboard, teaching/training in small group or individual. And they can save face.
He learned a lot in Las Vegas - on comfort zones, focal points, perspective and blur, destinations.
Have handout on paper :(