• Library Planning Research

    Innovation in Learning – Space Design for the Future

    In the quest to learn as much as we can about technology and learning, the Sydney Centre for Innovation in Learning (SCIL) is an example. We believe education is changing through the use of technology. We believe we need new and creative models for 21st century education. We believe that the library is a unique space-model for learning. It changes the focus from teacher-directed paradigms to self-directed engaged learning. The video link captures a number of the ‘spaces for learning’ – it is a good thought starter.

    The Technology Sandbox at the D.H. Hill Library showcases new technologies for learning. NC State provides easy to use large-scale display’s and gesture-based computing tools. These tools have been installed, revolutionizing the visual display of data and the creation of digital media.

    The two examples encourages peer-to-peer learning, experimentation, and collaboration. They highlight the key innovations such as a laboratory for faculty and staff to prototype virtual tools. We believe that libraries should experiment with new types of learning spaces, especially those that blend the virtual with the physical.

    Click on Video – Learning Space of the Future

  • Library Planning Research,  Social Library Issues,  work in progress

    The Economic Value of Library Systems

    An economic study developed by the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2010 is a good starting point for anyone who wants to advocate for their library. The Free Library of Philadelphia summarized four areas where the library makes an impact on its community.

    1. Workforce Development – $6M

    – $2.2 million in career development book-reading & lending
    – $2.1 million in job-finding online activities, including workforce database usage and online job searching/prep
    – $1.7 million job-readiness and workforce-related programming

    The study estimates that 979 Philadelphians found jobs directly as a result of the resources provided by the Library in FY10.

    979 entry-level jobs translates into $30.4 million in earned income in one year (at an average entry-level salary for Philadelphia), generating $1.2 million annually in wage tax revenue for the city

    2. Business Development – $3.8M

    8% of survey respondents report that they could not have started, grown or improved their business without the Free Library, resulting in an estimated 8,630 businesses that benefited from Free Library business development services.

    3. Value to Homes and Neighborhoods. Homes within ¼ mile of a Library are worth, on average, $9,630 more than homes more than ¼ mile from a Library.

    4. Literacy – $21.8M

    – $18.4 million in literacy-related reading & lending
    – $2.6 million in literacy related programming
    – $818,000 in literacy-related online activities

    10% of survey respondents report “ I couldnt have learned to read without the library,” meaning an estimated
    10,788 people attribute their ability to read to the Free Library.

    13% of survey respondents report they taught someone else to read and could not have done it without the Free Library, meaning 14,024 people attribute their being able to teach someone to read to the Library.

    LINK to the STUDY

  • Library Planning Research,  work in progress

    Pottermore – example of physical + virtual nature of the book.

    The present digital revolution is transforming the functionality of the book. When Harry Potter was first released e-books were a dream. It took wizards to configure and warlocks to navigate licensing fees to borrow or purchase a book. Now JK Rowling is expanding on the Harry Potter brand with a new interactive web site called “Pottermore. ” It will offer new ways to explore reading:
    • It will be a unique online experience based on the Harry Potter books.
    • Fans will be able to share, participate in and rediscover Harry Potter books
    • You will be able to purchase Digital Audio Books
    • You will be able to purchase Harry Potter e-books.

  • Library Planning Research


    Oct 4, 2011 – ACA will be facilitating a workshop at Steelcase entitled “THE FUTURE LIBRARY: PHYSCIAL + VIRTUAL. It will be a workshop that focuses on new library services and concepts that support e-book technology and virtual resource integration. We will also explore academic as well as public library programs that re-define the “library as place.”

    In the next couple of years, librarians are going to have the difficult task at defining their marketplace. They will need to design and develop new service offering to create a viable community for the creation of knowledge. In the end, librarians are going to need to show that “library in the cloud” matters as a much as the library space on campus or in a community center.