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Looking Good, Working Well: the ultimate Goal in Library Design

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Presentation by Karen Latimer Chair Designing Libraries Advisory Board UK to ALISS Amazing Spaces conference August 22nd 2017

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Looking Good, Working Well: the ultimate Goal in Library Design

  1. 1. Looking Good, Working Well: the Ultimate Goal in Library Design Karen Latimer Chair Designing Libraries Advisory Board UK
  2. 2. Amazing spaces: using library design to enhance organisational goals and user satisfaction • A changing building type to meet new needs • Qualities of good design • The brief: theory into practice • 21st century trends • Evaluation: POE • Support: useful sources • National and international examples
  3. 3. Library buildings: a changing typology 20th century • Imposing • Stability/permanence • Solitude • Quiet • Status quo • Collections 21st century • Welcoming/relaxed • Flexibility/transience • Communal/Choice • Zoned/Quiet again! • Innovation(IT) • Connections
  4. 4. Qualities of good library space: Faulkner Brown, McDonald et al • Functional – works well • Adaptable – can change • Accessible – easy to use • Varied – lots of choice • Interactive – users → users, → resources, → services • Conducive: humane, motivating, inspiring • Environmental – right conditions for users & materials • Safe and secure • Efficient – running costs • IT rich – flexible provision • Sustainable • Wow factor – captures hearts & minds Vitruvius - firmitas, utilitas, venustas
  5. 5. The Brief: rising to the challenge • Develop a compelling vision linked to institution's strategy and goals • Articulate, communicate and hold true to it • Remember space and service are inseparable: good space will achieve goals, poor space will limit service • Envisage what good IT-rich spaces look like • Long lead-in: imagine the future library • Be prepared to respond quickly to endless questions
  6. 6. National Library Latvia vision • Mythical palace embodying knowledge and freedom • Glass mountain symbolizing hard path to goal • Relate to traditional Latvian barn architecture
  7. 7. National Library Latvia
  8. 8. Developing the brief • Identify users and their various needs: age, gender, role – donor, admin • Look at strengths and weaknesses in service provision – mind the gap • Future services – past data, projections • User surveys/focus groups – ask and observe (mystery shoppers, customer journey maps etc) • Consult library staff
  9. 9. 21st century trends • Digitisation: increasing move from print to e • Freeing up of space as collections give way to learning, research & social spaces • Readers become viewers, listeners, networkers • Focus on PG as well as UG space • More collaboration and partnerships • Growing awareness of staff spaces • Refurbishment and extension • Shift from iconic landmark to integration, regeneration and sustainability
  10. 10. 21st century trends • Digitisation: increasing move from print to e • Freeing up of space as collections give way to learning, research & social spaces • Readers become viewers, listeners, networkers • Focus on PG as well as UG space • More collaboration and partnerships • Growing awareness of staff spaces • Refurbishment and extension • Shift from iconic landmark to integration, regeneration and sustainability
  11. 11. 21st century trends • Digitisation: increasing move from print to e • Freeing up of space as collections give way to learning, research & social spaces • Readers become viewers,listeners, networkers • Focus on PG as well as UG space • More collaboration and partnerships • Growing awareness of staff spaces • Refurbishment and extension • Shift from iconic landmark to integration, regeneration and sustainability
  12. 12. 21st century trends • Digitisation: increasing move from print to e • Freeing up of space as collections give way to learning, research & social spaces • Readers become viewers, listeners, networkers • Focus on PG as well as UG space • More collaboration and partnerships • Growing awareness of staff spaces • Refurbishment and extension • Shift from iconic landmark to integration, regeneration and sustainability
  13. 13. Staff spaces • Consult, plan carefully • Open plan v individual offices • Break out spaces, meeting rooms, mobile phone areas, zoning • Natural light • Prime space v SLOP • Diversity of staff requirements – they too need choice
  14. 14. 21st century trends • Digitisation: increasing move from print to e • Freeing up of space as collections give way to learning, research & social spaces • Readers become viewers, listeners, networkers • Focus on PG as well as UG space • More collaboration and partnerships • Growing awareness of staff spaces • Refurbishment and extension • Shift from iconic landmark to integration, regeneration and sustainability
  15. 15. 21st century trends • Digitisation: increasing move from print to e • Freeing up of space as collections give way to learning, research & social spaces • Readers become viewers, listeners, networkers • Focus on PG as well as UG space • More collaboration and partnerships • Growing awareness of staff spaces • Refurbishment and extension • Shift from iconic landmark to integration, regeneration and sustainability
  16. 16. Post-occupancy evaluation questionnaire General Building Services Conclusion Facts and figures Location Accessibility Sustainability Safety and Security Flexibility Entrance area Materials Flooring Ceilings Acoustics Openings Lighting Furniture Heating, Ventilation and Air- conditioning Installations fed through a wiring system Data Sanitary areas Service Areas Shelving User areas Children’s Area Young Adults Staff Areas Automation Maintenance Three wishes Anything that should be changed Anything particularly successful
  17. 17. Resources for library design • Designing Libraries (CIC) www.designinglibraries.org.uk • LIBER Architecture Group http://libereurope.eu/architecture-forum/ • IFLA Library Buildings & Equipment: www.ifla.org/en/library-buildings-and-equipment No one size fits all but learn from others
  18. 18. Copyright Images used in this talk should not be re-used • Figure 21 Ryerson University Student Learning Center, Toronto (© Photographer lornebridgman.com.) • Figure 34 Weston Library, Oxford (Photographer John Cairns © Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford). • Figure 42 Central Saint Martins Library, London. (Photographer Ideal Insight © University of the Arts London).
  19. 19. Vision “Libraries should aim to be uplifting, innovative and inspiring cultural, social and intellectual spaces, encouraging debate and collaboration, and desirable as places to be in, even in the age of ubiquitous internet access.” Dame Lynne Brindley Thank you for listening

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