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LIBRARY CONSULTANT

The Cohen's approach to library planning follows a rational and methodical process, integrating on-site library planning workshops and online / video conferencing sessions. Our studio develops work products that relate to the specifications of public, special and academic libraries; learning and technology spaces; digital collections and library services; library staff and operations planning services.

WHO ARE WE

Since 1972, Aaron Cohen Associates LTD, Library Consultant, has drawn on our wealth of experience in facility planning, organizational development and user needs assessments to improve libraries. We assist academic librarians, public library boards, academic provosts, city managers and community leaders in the assessment and improvement of library services.

Libraries use our services to understand and improve space utilization, enhancing the usability, relevance and appearance of this cultural and educational resource. We participate in collection development projects and work independently to assess and develop preservation/archive reports. We consult on new buildings, renovations and expansions on existing building sites. We offer resource planning and collection storage studies. Our experience is broad, with projects ranging in size from small public libraries to large national libraries.

LIBRARY ARCHITECTURE / ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH

We use ethnographic research to support library architecture, space planning, interior design and staff operations. We used evidence based techniques to research the pubic and/or academic community needs. Our planning reports outline new service options, library collections, technology, learning spaces and staff operations.

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WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

It is important for institutions of higher learning and education to assess their effectiveness.

  • We research the distribution of campus resources, building conditions and new service trends to improve architectural design(s).
  • We assess library staff, job descriptions, services, workflow and operations strategies.
  • We offer master planning services including 20-year building programs, user needs assessments, new design concepts and library operations plans.

Our library consultants are thought-leaders in resources planning and learning space design. This includes the redevelopment of historic reading rooms. We also develop new space planning concepts including the genius bar, learning commons, interactive spaces and civic experiences. We work on large cultural projects including libraries and museums located in parks. Our educational consultants work with library faculty to improve digital and information literacy programs.

WHAT WE OFFER

Our Library Consultants offer strategic plans, architectural programming, collection development and organizational assessments. We provide IT research to improve the utilization of learning resources.

HOW WE CAN HELP YOUR LIBRARY

We have a wealth of knowledge in the ways libraries function.

  • We offer architectural services; library programming, preservation requirements and shelving systems analysis.
  • We offer strategic planning services.
  • We develop library service plans to cultural growth.
  • We offer strategic planning workshops to facilitate the development of library systems, operations and staff competencies.

We have in-depth knowledge of the ways in which libraries function. Our highly-experienced and multi-disciplinary studio consists of librarians (MLIS), architects, interior designers, educators, IT, sound, data and lighting consultants. We are always looking for expert librarians and architecture firms to partner with our team on local and international projects.

Contact ACA or attend our Library Space Planning workshops.

NEED A LIBRARY STARTER PACK

Need to kick start planning? Contact our library planning team. We will share our planning standards and methodologies to help you get started.

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