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The Library Renovation, Maintenance, and Construction Handbook by The Library Renovation, Maintenance, and Construction Handbook is a one-stop, easy-to-understand resource that will guide you through the often complicated, jargon-filled arenas of building construction and renovation, so that you can effectively advocate for your ideas about how form supports your library's functions. Authors Donald A. Barclay and Eric D. Scott draw on their extensive experience to provide a wealth of accessible and practical advice for creating functional, attractive, and long-lasting library spaces. They introduce readers to the major stages of construction and renovation, explain details like building codes, reading plans, and building systems, and even provide a handy glossary of key construction terms. This helpful guide outlines all of the vital steps for building or renovating library-specific spaces, including coverage of interior design, signage, safety and security, and what it means to build a green library. You'll find tips for daily and emergency maintenance, as well how to protect and manage a library during a renovation. The companion CD-ROM makes the glossary searchable, gives you digital blueprint symbols to help you learn about reading plans, features digital images illustrating major construction methods discussed in the book, and includes many useful forms and checklists to customize for your library. Unfortunately, they don't teach building renovation, maintenance, and construction in library school. Whether you're building or renovating a public, academic, school, or special library, this accessibly-written new guidebook will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and tools you need.
Publication Date: 2011-01-01
Makerspaces in Libraries by Makerspaces-sometimes referred to as hackerspaces, backspaces, and fablabs-are creative spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. Makerspaces are becoming increasingly popular in both public and academic libraries as a new way to engage patrons and add value to traditional library services. Discover how to create a makerspace within your own library using this step-by-step guidebook. Highlights and best practices include, budgeting and business planning for a library makerspaces, getting started with Arduino (illuminate your library with LED ambient mood lighting), becoming familiar with 3D printers through practical printing projects (seed bombs), hosting a FIRST Robotics Team at the library, developing hands-on engagement for senior makers (squishy circuits) Book jacket.
Publication Date: 2015-08-20
Public Library Buildings by This go-to guide covers the entire process of building or renovating a public library—from initial planning, to maintaining the completed space, to measuring success. * Provides you with an informal, easy-to-read, practical guide that addresses the specific needs of public librarians looking to reimagine their library space * Takes a holistic approach that covers every step from initial vision to evaluating success * Offers practical, nuts-and-bolts advice from an experienced veteran of the process * Helps you to claim a seat at the table—and shows you why the input of librarians is so important
Publication Date: 2015-10-05
Best Practices in Connecticut Public Libraries
At their meeting on Sept. 18, 2017, the State Library Board endorsed the Best Practices in Connecticut’s Public Libraries as a voluntary best practice for Connecticut public libraries and encouraged their widespread use.
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