Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future

Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future

Rolf Erikson

Language: English

Pages: 136

ISBN: 0838909450

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Designing a school library media center may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so take advantage! In this hands-on guidebook, school library construction and media specialists Rolf Erikson and Carolyn Markuson share their experiences of working on more than 100 media center building projects around the country, using conceptual plans from actual school libraries.

Combining all aspects of design for the school library media center floor plans, furniture, technology, bidding, and evaluation this newly updated edition addresses

# Current and future technological needs of the student population
# Unique needs of the community library that combines school and public library services
# Sustainability and conservation issues to help designers and planners go green
# Accessibility requirements, including all ADA regulations from the first edition plus the latest material on learning styles and accessibility
# Cost control and ways to minimize mistakes using proven bidding and evaluation methods

With 30 new illustrations and floor plans and an updated glossary of technical terms, readers will be knowledgeable and organized when discussing plans with contractors and vendors. Using the guidance here, you ll avoid the classic building and renovation hazards and build a library media center for the future!

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administrators. How well everyone in the design process understands the library program and how it functions within the school will affect the success of the design. Therefore, it is important that the program documents be as complete as possible and written in clear, unambiguous, and jargon-free language. A well-crafted plan articulates your program to others and identifies which aspects of the plan are essential and nonnegotiable and which aspects can be open to discussion and compromise. A

ago. Recent studies on how learning occurs and on what conditions best facilitate student learning demonstrate that the physical environment is an important component of quality schools.1 11 Our school library facilities must be planned to reflect these changes, to support the kinds of intellectual interaction new teaching strategies afford, and to incorporate “student as learner” characteristics. Your program plan should include the following components: 1. Vision statement. A vision

disc processes must be encoded digitally, as a series of zeros and ones. Digital is the opposite of analog. Distance learning A type of instruction in which students work at a remote location and use technology such as email or videoconferencing to communicate with faculty or other students or both. Ethernet A common method of networking computers in a local area network (LAN) at rates of 100 Mbps (100BASE-T, or Fast Ethernet) and 1,000 Mbps (1000BASE-T, or Gigabit Ethernet). Ethernet is the most

distribution of light throughout the space. Lighting engineers commonly overlook this effect. Glare should be avoided because it creates visual stress and headaches and may eventually lead to vision-related health problems. At its worst it can be blinding and can cause damage to books. A low-glare lighting design should be a high priority, and the lighting plan should be designed to use diffuse, rather than direct, natural light. There is much controversy surrounding the use of skylights: aside

materials removed from the site. 84 The Final Phases Moving In Most new school library facility projects, and probably all renovations, will require moving materials, equipment, and furniture either from storage or from the old facility to the new facility. This is a tedious job, and it needs attention to detail. You need to develop a stepby-step plan for moving that will fit the requirements of your specific situation. The plan should include procedures for removing items from the existing

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