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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 libraries, schools and research centers. We develop library master facility plans for large and small academic libraries. We conceptualize new types of learning and technology spaces; library preservation and conservation programs.

WHO ARE WE

Since 1972, Aaron Cohen Associates LTD, Library Consultant, has drawn on our wealth of experience in facility planning, library management and operations to improve libraries. We assist academic librarians, academic provosts, school principals, public librarians, 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 detail preservation/archive specifications. We consult on new buildings, renovations and expansions on existing building sites. We offer data management planning and collection storage studies. Our experience is broad, with projects ranging in size from small public libraries to large national libraries.

LIBRARY ARCHITECTURE / CONSERVATION / DATA MANAGEMENT RESEARCH

We use ethnographic research to support library architecture, space planning and interior design projects. We used evidence-based techniques to identify the pubic and/or academic community needs. Our planning efforts include conceptual designs that can be broken down into a phased approach for library service improvement(s). We also work on data management and collections management projects to enhance library 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 collection development, service planning and learning space design. This includes the redevelopment of historic reading rooms and the development of 21st century student success centers. We develop new space planning concepts including the learning commons, interactive spaces and civic experiences. We work on large cultural projects including libraries, schools and museums. Our educational consultants work with academic professionals to improve digital and information literacy outcomes.

WHAT WE OFFER

Our Library Consultants offer strategic plans, architectural programming, collection development and space planning assessments. We provide data management 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 academic planning services.
  • We develop library space plans to enhance 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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