Space Planning

  • A Year in Photographs

    We interviewed Heidi Herr, Outreach Coordinator of Special Collections and Librarian for Philosophy in The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University, who recently appointed two undergraduate students to create a pictorial archive of The Sheridan...

  • Sustaining Communities, Sustaining Ourselves

    Aarhus Public Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark, built their new library using a process they call Participatory Democracy in Action. They did so by asking their community the question, "If everything is online, why come to the library at all?" ...

  • Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement

    What, after all, are libraries really about? Are libraries mostly about books and study? Or are libraries mostly about community, and the making of things and ideas?

    This core question is batted around like a beach ball in a crowd during endle...

  • Space is Flexible (and Full of Light)

    Library space, that is. If there is one word that sums up the re-imagination of library space for community engagement in the digital age, it is flexible.

    The tension between physical and virtual space surfaces everywhere as technolog...

  • Library Spaces that Keep Customers Coming Back

    Our surroundings have a profound effect on us. Color, light, shapes ... small details can help us tune into our environment deeply, or make us shut down entirely. We know at an intuitive level that well-designed spaces not only make for better busine...

  • Small Libraries, Big Community

    With travel costs high and libraries busier than ever, library staff are using online technologies to connect and learn. Over 300 librarians attended the February 28, 2013, free one-day online conference, Big Talk From Small Libraries, aimed at libra...