Library as Place - Space, Service, and Technology

Library as Place—Space, Service, and Technology

Friday, November 20, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fee: $200 institutional members; $150 myMETRO members; $300 nonmembers
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This workshop on spatial planning in relation to library resources and services is designed for library directors, facilities managers, public service librarians, and others interested in developing library space in ways that improve the user experience.

Participants will learn how to evaluate service operations and space needs; recognize a library's operational constraints; identify options for improvement; understand library space planning methodology; utilize space measurements standards for users, collections, and staff; and understand design concepts for library collaboration.

In the first part of the workshop, participants will discuss how library space helps or impedes the activities and functions it is supposed to support. Together, we will share observations to identify and interpret the visible requirements and physical needs that can improve library space. In the afternoon, we will visit Baruch College Library and utilize a series of observations using the Visual Scan© approach to directly explore the quality of library space; optimal locations for learning spaces, collections and staff; and methods to improve the "library as place."?

The presenter, Alex Cohen, received his MLS at Long Island University and has worked as a library planner for a decade, augmenting his parents' (Aaron and Elaine Cohen's) extensive research on library space planning and design.

Sam Streed
Author: Sam Streed
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