LIBR 578 (3)

PLANNING AND DESIGN OF LIBRARIES

PREREQUISITES:

MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: completion of MLIS core

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL:

  • Examine the role of libraries as spaces for patron and community interaction and engagement;
  • Identify ways in which we can evaluate and assess the needs of communities and how they use library spaces;
  • Explore elements of library design that contribute to patron and community engagement;
  • Investigate the processes involved in planning new library buildings and renovation projects that are consistent with community needs and emerging trends of how people interact with information.

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify, analyze and assess the information needs of diverse individuals, communities and organizations with respect to the planning and design of information spaces [1.1]*
  • Discuss key historical and current ideas in library design and architecture that contribute to how people think about and use information spaces for different purposes [1.2]*
  • Understand the role of the librarian/library in library planning and design projects, including how to work with other professionals such as architects and building teams [1.3, 3.1, 3.2]*
  • Design/redesign a space within an information organization, including considerations of layout, lighting, shelving, furniture, technology infrastructure, etc. [1.1, 1.3, 4.1, 4.2]*
  • Provide a budget and budget justification for the design/redesign of an information space [3.2]*
  • Identify and apply methods for understanding how people use library spaces [4.1, 4.2]*
  • Assess the ways in which context/organization type influences/constrains information practices and behaviours within information spaces [1.4]*
  • Evaluate design trends and their application in libraries, including green buildings, technology, inspiration or maker spaces, etc. [1.1, 1.3]*

* Course objectives are stated in terms of student learning outcomes and reference the iSchool Statement on Graduate Competencies.

CONTENT:

  • The library as place
  • Library engagement and the user experience
  • Methods for understanding how people use physical space
  • Library planning processes
  • Pragmatic components of library planning and design, including working with architects and building teams, library aesthetics, selecting lighting, shelving and furniture for high use spaces and multi-use collections
  • Safety, security and disaster planning
  • Environmental considerations for library buildings
  • Technology and maker spaces
  • Tours and discussions with information professionals who have experienced library construction and renovation projects.