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LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER - LIBRARY MASTER PLANNING

Planning a STEM lab or Learning Resource Center involves gathering ethnographic data pertaining to size of the site, staffing, and programs to arrive at optimal space needs, and then balancing these needs and stakeholder requirements against available institutional resources. Space programs range from small renovations and new buildings to entire campus systems. The result is a pre-architectural program of requirements that identifies square footage needs and potential spatial interrelationships, particularly those that encourage partnerships. Our Library Incubator / Education Blog reflects on our latest library planning research.

Have a library project to discuss? - higher education planning / library planning consultants.

PUBLIC LIBRARY PLANNING - PARADIGM SHIFTS

In 1996, less then 44% of US libraries, classrooms and learning spaces had an internet connection. Today, almost all libraries are connected in some way. Our library consultants are experienced in assessment, research and modeling. We spend our time researching and harmonizing collection development and project goals. We are library consultants, higher education consultants, academics, librarians and IT planners.  We are current and retired librarians.  Learning Resource Centers and Learning Commons Concepts were developed for the National Library of Greece, Ireland and Singapore, FDA, NATO, Tufts University, Robert Morris University, Teton County Library System, Buffalo and Erie County, Broward County, St. Louis County,  Spokane Washington and Las Vegas Clark County, Fuller Theological Seminary, University of California, Eastern Michigan University, Long Island University and University of Illinois Chicago and Champaign-Urbana.  

ACADEMIC CONSULTANTS - ORGANIZATIONAL PLANNING

The need for education consultants becomes clear as learning spaces and facility standards (Metcalf, Keyes D.) are transformed by technology.  The creation of a comprehensive "bridge-maker" strategy begins with a service review of academic programs that partner with librarians; research capabilities, teaching and training facilities.

Our library organization planning, (library staffing, organization and leadership studies) enables the institution to develop new library positions. Our studies define new types of library staff, online research tools and customer service best practices. Our work promotes long term staff planning to support the modernization of libraries and institutions of higher education.

Our "classroom space" research started in 2000 when we first explored digital facility and staffing models.  Our planning studies were used to initiate change (USITC, AARP, BAE and Stanford University). Some of the innovative concepts included learning commons, information kiosks (SI Museum), collaborative workspace (C.W. Post), the information commons (National Agricultural Library), and video conferencing research (Argonne National Laboratories). 

Our team's capabilities include:
  • Library System Planning - Demographic and Community Planning.
  • Library Models, Architectural Studies
  • Geographic Research (GIS)
  • Digital Library / Information Technology (IT / VOIP / RSS / RFID)
  • Project Management (PMI)
  • Organizational Development (library science, and organizational development)
  • Technology Integration

 

Link to Library Research

Types of Library Projects:

  • Academic Libraries
  • Public Libraries Planning
  • Special Libraries
  • School Libraries
  • Museums
  • Business Intelligence Centers
  • Learning Resource Centers
  • Laboratories/Secure Government Areas
  • Multimedia and Distance Learning
  • Large and Small Special Libraries
  • Branch Libraries
  • Young Adult and Children's' Libraries
  • Information Center

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