• Library Planning Research,  Space Planning

    Use of Color in Library Planning

    Color can be a way to define and complement the learning spaces in a library. We can consider the combination of colors and tone of the space, allowing us to overlay our learning modes (social, collaborative, presentation, touch point, reflective) and improve the learning environment.

    According to Aaron Cohen Associates, ltd, there are four basic color schemes: colorless, monochromatic, related, and contrasting.

    • In the colorless scheme, only black and white are used. In this scheme, only the natural colors of the building elements are use.
    • In the monochromatic scheme, only one color is used – alone or alongside black and white.
    • In the related color scheme we use the colorwheel to define the space. For example, we might suggest earth tones – rust, orange, brown and yellow.
    • In the contrasting color scheme, the designer positions opposite colors in different zones. If the colors are too vibrant, a little bit of white or a neutral color can be used as a bridge to create a contrasting effect.
    • Considering a library redesign? Consult with experienced library programmers and designers. CONTACT AARON COHEN LIBRARY CONSULTANT

    Libraries can be difficult to design. Start to understand the color scheme for your library space. Is it cold? are there hard surfaces? do the colors enhance the behavior in the space?

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  • Library Planning Research,  Space Planning

    The Library Incubator / The New Digital Canvas

    We are developing a knowledge base on how to leverage virtual collections in the physical environment. There is a potential to create presentation spaces in the library for both information literacy and knowledge sharing. At Wentworth Institute of Technology, we developed a concept of the media tower. Was this a futuristic idea? Or has the time come for new ways to visualize information?

    Library environments include collections, seating and staff spaces. The collections are placed on different types of print shelving from face out displays for periodicals to 7-shelf high stacks for books. Some of the questions we are researching:

    Is it possible to create serendipity in the Library environment; as books on shelves do, with microtiles?

    Could we develop interactive environments that support scholarly learning and information literacy programs? How would it be staffed?

    Could we develop interactive environments for early learning, teens, adults and seniors? How would it be supported?

    The media wall is a large screen environment that allows for touch screen as well as xbox connect interactions. It can be used for collaboration in a performance or presentation mode. At the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, they developed the Float4. It is a good example of how you can create a learning incubator.

    Also, take a look at the work at Christie Microtiles. Below is a Photo from the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.


  • 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,  Social Library Issues,  work in progress

    The Fresh Fruits from the Digital World: Google Opens Books to New Cultural Studies

    In the Journal Science (17 December 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6011 p. 1600), a published study illustrated the Digital Library and its power. The article illustrates that E-resources and historical datasets can be used for sociological study. It were made possible by Google Doc’s and Harvard researchers. Together they “made it possible to rigorously study the evolution of culture on a grand scale.”

  • Library Planning Research,  work in progress

    Online Learning Tool kit

    Digital collaboration is a very important aspect of the learning environment. In the future, more and more work will be online and at the library. This type of learning will be like a perpetual kindergarten, requiring users to constantly learn how to master IT technologies.

    Edutopia’s academics discuss the importance of technology in the learning environment and we agree its important for libraries to consider. Over the years, our library programming has expanded from building programs to e-Campus and e-Library development. For NATO we developed a Digital Asset Management plan that focused on e-learning and discovery.

    Take a look at the Online Learning Web Site. EBSS developed this web site for librarians who are considering library and IT development. There are tools that can be used as low cost solutions for the special library.

    Your not alone in the development of your special library. E-library development can be harnessed for success…go for it!!