Bridging the Divide: Creating the Dialogue of Library (Re)design

Frances Ruth Nichols, Sally Summers Nichols, David Ingram Ownby


The elements of good design can be applied to any type of space.  The library, in particular, is in a constant state of metamorphosis, adapting to the needs of the community.  The physical building does not always accommodate these needs, and physical alterations are sometimes quickly dismissed as unchangeable, too old to alter, or an impossible task. The design community accepts such challenges and is willing to work with budgets to construct or modify buildings to meet the clients’ needs.  However, there is often a divide between the technical speech of the design professionals, librarians’ articulation of the needs for the space, and community acceptance of the vision. This workshop addresses how to create a successful dialogue between the librarians and design professional to articulate the needs and vision of an updated library space of the future.  

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