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Best of Reference: Information Science

Discover some of our subject librarians' favorite resources in our "Best of Reference" series. Each week you will find a variety of selected reference materials from our collection that are specific to one subject area. This week, we focus on Carol Anne's selections for Information Science.

Public Library Buildings

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. Beginning with the development of a pre-construction vision, the book guides you through the entire process. It covers everything from making a case for the project to the authorities and the community through fundraising, budgeting, and site and team selection. You'll read about space programming, the design phase, pre-construction preparation, staff management, and moving the library, as well as about post-construction management and maintenance. Measures of success are included, as are helpful forms and an invaluable glossary of relevant construction terms. With this guide in hand, you and your team can plan efficiently, avoid common pitfalls, and create a library you and your community will love for many years to come.

  • Charbonnet, L. (2015). Public library buildings: The librarian's go-to guide for construction, expansion, and renovation projects. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
    Dewey Library / Z679.2.U54 C48 2015

Creating the High-Functioning Library Space

This guide identifies and addresses all of the steps in the building process, including preparing the request for proposal (RFP), selecting the right architect for the job, developing a financial contingency plan, and managing stakeholders' expectations. The book presents both the perspectives and experience of library administrators and management personnel as well as the insights of accomplished library architects and designers. It provides thorough, practical, and current guidance in a process that library administrators often find daunting and "risk immersive." Reading this book is like sitting down with a knowledgeable, impartial consultant before beginning a major renovation project—a tremendous asset for library administrators as well as architectural firms.

  • Deyrup, M.M. (Ed.). (2017). Creating the high-functioning library space: Expert advice from librarians, architects, and designers. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited
    Dewey Library / Z679.2 .U54 C74 2017

Better Library Design

Few librarians build more than one library in their careers and renovating or building a whole new library is a very expensive investment. Thus, new or refurbished structures need to be fresh and up to date. While some librarians have the means to visit exemplary buildings as they develop their own library’s master plan, most library leaders and stakeholders won’t actually see the full range of potential projects. Hence, this unique book is both a resource and a brainstorm prompt. It helps library leaders and key stakeholders surface the ideal programmatic aspects that drive exciting design, and offer recent design solutions that have been effectively implemented.

Maker Literacy

With this guide, readers can discover how to apply maker literacy to introduce connections that help children better understand that their experiences in life are interrelated—that art can be made on a 3D printer and that science and technology are an essential part of design. This holistic approach provides a myriad of creative opportunities for both teaching staff and the children they serve. A great resource for youth services librarians in public libraries, this guide to infusing library programs with technology and maker activities to motivate learning will also appeal to preschool and elementary librarians, educators, and parents.

  • Pawloski, L.M., & Wall, C.R. (2017). Maker literacy: A new approach to literacy programming for libraries. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
    Dewey Library / Z718.3 .P39 2017

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Carol Anne Germain, Subject Librarian for Information Science, at (518) 442-3698 or cgermain@albany.edu to schedule an appointment.

Blog Created By: Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno
Image Credit: Mark Schmidt

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