Seems like this question's been asked several times over the past few weeks:
I received a request from a fellow media specialist, for information on building a new media center. I know many of you have been looking at plans for designing school library spaces. Could anyone out there in school library land share some of what you have learned and any good sources you found?
So as much for my own convenience as any service, here's a bibliography of things I've written on library facility design.
Imagining the Future of the School Library (with Rolf Erikson)
Some design considerations when building or remodeling a media center
Building Digital Libraries for Analog People: 10 Common Design Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
Facilities planning survey
Library design advice from the ancients
- Community access
- Visual control
- Traffic patterns
- Multiple activities
- Flexibility and the future
Skylight and science department greenhouse above the circulation desk adds interest and beauty to the St Peter High School Media Center.
I highly recommend Rolf Erikson and Carol Markuson’s Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future, 2nd ed, ALA, 2009: http://www.amazon.com/Designing-School-Library-Center-Future/dp/0838909450/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1258714257&sr=8-1
Hope this helps. Remember, all my writing has been approved by the AMA as a non-addictive sleep aid!
I have re-created this bibliography on my regular website and will maintain it there.
Send me recommendations for other good library planning guides!