Topics discussed include how the growth of electronic resource collections changed the physical aspects of libraries, the three-pronged utilization of library space including galleries to display student work, makerspaces, and the collection, and other design considerations including security and wireless capabilities.
The past months have seen threats directed to public and school libraries and library workers, including the forced temporary closure of five public library systems due to bomb and shooting threats. With the safety of our members being our utmost priority, PLA and ALA have compiled a range of resources and knowledge to help library workers and patrons stay safe and prepared. We will add to these resources on a rolling basis.
With the rising cases of theft, vandalism, mutilation, infiltration, and other fraudulent practices at academic libraries, the matter of library security has become a matter of greater concern for modern-day library professionals as well as scholars in the field of library and information science.
Safety and security operations at Appalachian State's Belk Library & Information Commons have evolved and improved over the past 15 years with a focused access services oriented team. Improvements have focused on the challenges posed in four primary areas: understanding the customer base and the challenges posed therein; improving the skills and expanding the pool of library personnel capable of handling security incidents; allowing effective outside security operations and personnel to improve over time; and acting on multiple access issues.
Library leaders can conduct their own Site Security Assessment of their library facilities, without needing to use a security consultant.
Libraries and Sustainability by René Tanner (Editor); Adrian K. Ho (Editor); Monika Antonelli (Editor); Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (Editor)
Publication Date: 2021-11-08
Library workers at all types of organizations, as well as LIS students learning about this newest Core Value of Librarianship, will find this book an easy-to-digest introduction to what staff at a range of libraries have accomplished in incorporating sustainability into their decision making and professional practices.
The idea of the Green Library Movement first appeared in the early 90s in the US, where the non-profit organization known as Green BuildingCouncil, which promoted sustainable development in the design,construction and exploitation of buildings, pointed out that library buildings might be an excellent example for generations, by stressing the importance of the environmental issues for human and at the same time indicating energy-saving and pro-ecological solutions.
As the topic of sustainability becomes more relevant to all types of libraries, two academic science librarians share a case study on identifying and filling gaps in sustainability-related engagement, education, and collaboration at a mid-sized R1 research university.
The purpose of this literature review is to provide an overview of and insights into a selected bibliography of 102 research publications on libraries – of all types – sustainability and sustainable development, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Seed libraries are a relatively new innovation in the library field, offering seeds, gardening information, and the opportunity for community and ecological engagement to members. While they are increasingly popular in public libraries, they have not yet established a foothold in academic libraries. This paper defines the nature and role of seed libraries, the current state of seed libraries in North American universities, and offers recommendations for the establishment of seed libraries in academic libraries.
By exploring the labyrinth as a metaphor for a student's shift from information consumer to knowledge creator, an approach to library design emerges in which the whole library facilitates that transformative journey.