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Better Library and Learning Space: Projects, trends, ideas


What are the most important things a 21st-century library should do with its space?
Each chapter in this cutting-edge text addresses this critical question, capturing the insights and practical ideas of leading international librarians, educators and designers to offer you a 'creative resource bank' that will help to transform your library and learning spaces. This is an innovative and practical toolkit introducing concepts, drawing together opinions and encouraging new ways of thinking about library learning spaces for the future.
The book is structured in three parts. Part 1 – Projects and trends describes features of library space around the world through a selection of focused case studies painting a global picture, identifying common directions and ideas as well as highlighting country and regional diversity.
Part 2 – Trends and ideas looks at the why and how of library space, covering topics such as contextual factors, current ideas in library space development, and the creative design of new spaces. It examines how library spaces are adapting to new forms of learning, digital literacies and technological fluency.
Finally, Part 3 – Ideas and futures looks to the future of libraries and their learning spaces, inviting future-scanning contributions from a diverse range of authors, including librarians, learning specialists, academics, architects, an interior designer, a furniture designer and a management specialist.
Readership: This is a must-have text for those involved in designing and developing library and learning spaces, from library and university management to designers and architects. It's also a useful guide for students taking courses in library and information science to get to grips with the importance of library design.

Introduction - Les WatsonSECTION 11. UK projects and trendsLes Watson and Jan Howden2. USA projects and trendsMatthew Simon3. China projects and trendsHugh Anderson4. Hong Kong projects and trendsProfessor Bob Fox and Peter Sidorko5. Europe projects and trendsJoyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels6. Australasia projects and trendsProfessor Roland Sussex, Professor Peter Tregloan and Professor Philip LongSECTION 27. Library space and technologyLes Watson8. Libraries information and learning Les Watson and Jan Howden9. Key ideas on space Les Watson10. Thinking it throughLes WatsonSECTION 311. Beyond space: access is all – or is it?Professor David Baker12. Thinking inside the box Colin Allan13. Nothing has changed/everything has changed – the enduring aspects of learningHugh Anderson14. Books, nooks and MOOCs Jo Dane15. The researcher's view: context is criticalProfessor Sheila Corrall and Dr. Ray Lester16. Libraries in the networked society: evolution, revolution, extinction?Chris Batt OBE17. Libraries at the heart of campus lifeGraham Bulpitt18. The library has left the building - Joyce Sternheim and Rob Bruijnzeels19. Beyond analogue: the learning studio as media-age libraryDr. Kyle Dickson20. 3-D libraries for 3-D smartingJef Staes21. Learning landscapes, the library and the University of Lincoln: efficiency, effectiveness, expression and experimentation Professor Mike Neary and Sam Williams22. Viral design: learners building better environments togetherProfessor Stephen Heppell23. The interior designer's view Val Clugston24. Furniture fit for the future Paul White25. Conclusions – Les Watson

Les Watson, well known for his work on the Saltire Centre, is now a freelance educational consultant on library, learning and IT issues. He has worked in education for 40 years as a teacher, lecturer, dean and pro-vice-chancellor and has managed libraries and information services in several organizations. He has considerable experience of library developments, creating, in addition to the Saltire Centre (2006), REAL@Caledonian (2001), tlc@bedford for Royal Holloway, University of London, (2008), and the Fountains refurbishment for York St John University (2011). He was lead consultant for the web resource Technology Rich Spaces for Learning in 2007 and has produced reports for the JISC and EU on aspects of learning, teaching and information technology (IT). He is a fellow of the RSA and Visiting Professor in Learning Environment Development at the University of Lincoln, UK. He can be contacted from his website www.leswatson.net.

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