NYLA e-Bulletin is publishing PLAN22's 11 part series "Strategic Planning @ Your Library".
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NYLA e-Bulletin is publishing PLAN22's 11 part series "Strategic Planning @ Your Library".
Members see: The e-Bulletin
Participants in the Southern Ontario Library System (SOLS) - Advancing Public Library Leadership (APLL) Institute, joined their colleagues in our webinar to open up the conversation about the skills required to lead a library building project.
The APLL Institute "is designed to expand and advance the leadership capacity of public library CEOs and managers." The "certificate program takes approximately two years to complete, with participating library staff undergoing independent course work in 12 key areas, complemented by highly interactive classroom sessions."
Is there a difference in how much a child understands and retains a story depending on the format of the book they share? You may be surprised by recent findings, or maybe not. [CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE]
Researchers at the A Cooney Center [ CLICK TO LINK],QuickReport by Cynthia Chiong, Jinny Ree, Lori Takeuchi, and Ingrid Erickson have completed a study to find out using "three book formats: print books, basic e-books, and enhanced e-books." investigating three issues:
1. Parent-Child Conversation
2. Story Comprehension and
FINDINGS: CLICK THIS LINK TO OPEN Report
1. The enhanced e-book was less effective than the print and basic e-book in supporting the benefits of co-reading because it prompted more non-content related interactions. When adults prompt children with questions pertaining to the text, label objects, and encourage them to discuss the book contents in terms of their own experiences and curiosities, this elicits increased verbalization by the child and can lead to improved vocabulary and overall language development.
2. Features of the enhanced e-book may have affected children’s story recall because both parents and children focused their attention on non-content, more than story-related, issues.
3. The print books were more advantageous for literacy building co-reading, (BUT)...the e-books, particularly the enhanced e-book, were more advantageous for engaging children and prompting physical interaction.
The study leads to recommendations:
1. For designers: Exercise caution when adding features to enhanced e-books, especially when those features do not directly relate to the story. E-book enhancements should also be designed in a way that allows parents to access and control settings to customize the co-reading experience with their children.
2. For parents and educators: Parents and preschool teachers should choose print or basic e-books to read with children if they want to prioritize literacy-building experiences over ones intended “just for fun.” Some of the extra features of enhanced e-books may distract adults and children alike from the story, affecting the nature of conversation and the amount of detail children recall. However, given that appeal is an essential building block for early literacy development, enhanced e-books may be valued for their ability to prompt less motivated young readers toward engagement when they might otherwise avoid text altogether.
I agree...and...The 'NOTES' left in response to this article lead to some interesting add-ons to the practice of asking "Why?" five times to get to the root of any problem.
see: To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times. Written by: Eric Ries at Co.DESIGN / fastcodesign.com.
Charting the answers in some kind of diagram linking root causes explored to each question helps me to see where I've been with my querying quest. Others point out that five "whys" may not be enough.
When you are faced with a design problem of any kind at your library, keep drilling down to the source of the problem until you see the underlying reason for your dilemma. Only when you know why you have a problem, will you be able to explore how you may fix it.
image as per article credits.-Tx.
Visual impacts of your sign design can not be underestimated.
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Signs, their readability , quality and consistency of design will always be a primary interest of mine and I urge you to make it yours as well. People do make up an opinion of you at first glance and they will do the same when they walk into your library.
The premier quality of an effective sign is readability. If a sign cannot be read sufficiently from a distance to allow time to read it, then the message it carries is silenced.
As a general rule the Greatest Impact Readable Distance is 10 feet for every 1 inch of letter height.
Heads up folks. You may not have or want an Urban Greenhouse in your library but one day your neighbourhood could partner with a project in your community designed with the help of this Swedish company - Plantagon International.
I've only imagined a company that had a prospectus like this one - take a look at a future oriented business model. (click to enlarge)
Plantagon took the initiative to develop the new offer Urban Agriculture within SymbioCity, and the offer is delivered in cooperation with Plantagon's partners SWECO, SAAB, Combitech and Tekniska Verken. SymbioCity is a network of Swedish companies and organisations, within sustainable urban development, founded by the Swedish Government and Swedish Industry.
Who would do good, sensible design if it weren't named other than a rose?
I would, I do, but I gather the rest of the world needs a catchy handle.
As a person who did her design education in the 70's I find this 'already-done-and-got-the-high-heels-like'. Perhaps some building owners and trustees still haven't heard of any of this so here goes.
"Solar Lantern Project" aims to provide rechargeable solar lanterns to rural Indian areas where electricity is still not available - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies.
"TERI (Energy and Resources Institute) campaign uses solar lanterns that have CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) as well as LEDs (light emitting diodes) for dual purposes. Each solar lantern in its useful life of 10 years replaces the use of about 500-600 litres of kerosene, thereby mitigating about 1.5 tonnes of CO2. Rural entrepreneurs are trained to manage and run a central solar lantern charging/distribution centre where lanterns are rented. This creates financial opportunities for the entrepreneur. hostels for tribal children, funded by the government's universal education programmes, are equipped with solar lanterns to help children study at night."
Need a new roof? Renovating your existing roof?
Here's their vid, showing construction sequence.
The living roof will change throughout the seasons, its grasses, bulbs, and perennial wildflowers attracting local pollinators and visitors alike.
While you're at it why not look around the BBG site? It will warm you up and remind you that Spring will come.
ProQuest has just published a Public Library Toolkit.
There are easy to edit .pdf files for your library to use. You will also find sample Tweets!
Here are some examples of posters and book marks designed to get your library users' attention and promote your library...
University of Nottingham has built prefabricated straw bale building.
There are many ways to get the best building that meets your needs. Don't limit your ideas at any tme during your design process.
See this little vid about the idea behind it and the way it is built in this film commissioned by Make and The University of Nottingham. from
Here is the text from the Make website:
Construction was completed in May 2011 on a new building for the University of Nottingham which brings together the School of Biosciences and the School of Veterinary and Medical Sciences.
The project is the first stage of a 20-year visionary masterplan which aims to expand the Sutton Bonington Campus and enhance its reputation as a leading destination for the study of plant and animal sciences.The landmark building, with a value of £5.2 million, was designed to accommodate a wide range of different functions – offices, laboratories, seminar and computer rooms – while comfortably providing for many different users, including researchers, students, teachers and administration staff.
To maximise the use of the space, the efficiency of the floorplate reaches an impressive 80 per cent. Consciously contextual, the design was influenced by the campus's agricultural heritage and strong sustainability policy. Taking inspiration from the rhythm of the line of trees adjacent to the site, the facade is innovatively formed from prefabricated modular straw bale panels, locally produced using straw sourced from the University's own farmland.Each 14m long panel consists of a cross-laminated timber frame filled with compressed straw and finished externally with render to provide a breathable coating that prevents decay and protects the straw from the external environment. These panels were prefabricated in an off-site 'flying factory' using local labour and delivered ready to be put in place.
When we talk to librarians about building new, renovating their spaces or moving collections, the first thing we stress is WEEDING THE COLLECTION.
Having just helped restock shelves in a lovely, beautifully designed library I know the pain of placing hundreds of pieces of materials on to new shelves when they haven't yet been weeded!
Take a look at this little article in GOOD by Liz Dwyer to reinforce your commitment to making space for new materials in your library.
Builiding a new library or addition?
This dynamic glass (as in not passive energy technology) tints automatically or on demand to control sunlight, without shades or blinds. SageGlass® - SAGE
It takes less electricity to operate 2,000 square feet of SageGlass than it does to power a single 60-watt light bulb. I think, if you have the will and the resources, this option is well worth a good hard look.
SageGlass’ electrochromic coating consists of five layers of ceramic material. Applying a low voltage of electricity darkens the coating as lithium ions and electrons transfer from one electrochromic layer to another electrochromic layer. How it Works - Technology - SAGE
Reversing the voltage polarity causes the ions and electrons to return to their original layer, causing the glass to return to its clear state
This solid-state reaction is controlled through a very low voltage power supply (less than 5V DC). A darkened state enables SageGlass to absorb and radiate away the sun’s unwanted heat and glare. A clear state allows you to maximize daylight and solar energy.
SAGE Electrochromics that can be switched from clear to tinted with the click of a button. The glass can also be programmed to respond to changing sunlight and heat conditions.
Zoning is also an option, meaning that panes that are hit by direct sunlight can tint, while ones receiving indirect sunlight can stay clear. (ref: mashable.com: 4 High-Tech Projects Making Cities More Energy Efficient )
Here is an photo from the SAGEGLASS BLOG: Architecture Review: West Hollywood Library among top works - Uncategorized - Sustainability - Glass in Architecture - Daylighting benefits - Brilliant Views - SAGE
Car Runs On Air. We won't feel bad driving to the library!
How are you going to plan the spaces in your new library when the very concept of a 'library as a physical place' is being redefined by how your community uses technology?
Librarians are talking. In journals, newsletters, on LinkedIn, at conferences about how they can manage the demand placed on them, their staff and library buildings by patrons who expect their library to provide them the capability to use technologies to help them with research and homework, job searches and internet connectivity.
Librarians are engaged in conversations about the future of libraries and the future of librarianship and recruitment of new people into the profession; people who are equiped to deal with ever changing technological advances.
"There’s a cadre of LIS students coming up who would jump at the chance for jobs in digital media labs or the Information Commons. Before that can happen, however, library leadership must move beyond the lending/reference model to a broader view of what’s possible in a community-based space focused on helping people." (LJ, Apr 2011)
In a recent Library Journal article, Stuck in the Past | Office Hours, By Michael Stephens, Apr 15, 2011, about the reasons people want to become librarians, Mr. Stephens asks some hard questions about the roles and 'evolution of ...(the) services' provided by librarians of the future.
In our facilitations and webinars, we have been emphasising the importance of marketing libary services in communities and providing felexible spaces in library buildiing plans. These concepts are also brought out strongly in Mr. Stephens' article.
"We need a course in library school devoted to teaching people to build spaces both physical and virtual (my emphasis) for constituents to come together. We need to prioritize marketing and branding these spaces and services consistently. Doing so will help us in creating, maintaining, and evaluating the Information Commons."
How do you see your library building and your staff meeting these needs, not in five years, not in two but next year at this time?
'Visual time/space' is where my mind lives. As the 'visual' half of this team, I am attracted to aesthetics as much as I am to functional praticalities.
I am delighted by these book covers. Take a look book covers/album sleeves ...to echo the theme of the novel. See more about the man behind the imagination in an interview with Professional Photographer in 2010 Interview.
You may recognise some of your favourite albums in this neat flip video of his collected covers The Record Books : Volume 1 | Book Preview.
Here's the article that first caught my eye Christophe Gowens reported - photo: Mother Jones, same site.
This is one beautiful library! Whistler Public Library
Respect for the surrounding landscape, the natural environment and the needs of the community (it has showers for bicycle and cross country ski commuters) has produced a stunning and ecologically efficient library design.
Although I have not experienced the library myself, it looks like one that I would want to be in and appreciate - right up to it's grassed roof.
Check out this site and the photos. Hughes Condon Marler Architects
photos: Hughes Condon Marler Architects.