VISIT ACA'S BLOG - www.acohen.com/blog. Our research reflects new services, trends in library planning, education, technology and strategy. We believe that library programs need to be updated by visiting and scanning for innovation. We develop programs by employing our own strategies. For example, the Visual Scan - a systematic and creative process to uncover building relationships to determine the functionality - is one of our contributions to library science research. Please visit our Library Planning Blog - THE LIBRARY INCUBATOR to learn more about our latest building and technology planning research.
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Planning Methodology to develop Library Services
Understand: that new ideas can be developed through trial and error. The environment should continually adapt to new technologies. During pre-planning we interview the staff and stakeholders. We also review library technology to better understand the level of service.
Observe: how the library operates, its strengths and its value to the community. The visual scan helps us understand the impacts change will have on the infrastructure and improvement to the facility.
Visualize: possible solutions. How do we create a shared vision? Conceptually, during this stage we develop scenarios to help the vet out options. We prioritize our findings with our clients and discuss the funding implications.
Implementation: A building program is an important step to defining and testing the future. Action steps require technical skills, schematic designs and specifications of the design components.
Reinventing the process: means reinventing the library. What service responses need to change? This effort requires close collaboration between management, users and staff.
Public Library Quarterly, Volume 28 Issue 3, 227 : Learning Spaces for Public Libraries - Alex Cohen
Information Today: How To Hire The Right Consultant For Your Library! - Alex Cohen, Elaine Cohen
Information Outlook: Libraries, Knowledge Management, and Communities of Practice - Alex Cohen
Public Library Quarterly: The Visual Scan and the Design for Future-Oriented Libraries - Alex Cohen, Elaine Cohen
PROJECT UPDATES AND LINKS
Corning Community College Learning Commons Addition
Queens University Completes Master Plan
Baghdad Youth Library
St. Louis County Public Library
Onondaga County Public Library
The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new St. Helena Branch Library
ACA WEBINAR - Learning Spaces: Cost Effective Innovations with Loriene Roy for the American Library Association - LLAMA BES Division - July 20, 2011
National Library of Greece - SNFCC presents final architectural plans - June 29, 2011
Learning Spaces: cost Effective Innovations with Loriene Roy at the American Library Association Annual Meeting - LLAMA BES Division - June 26, 2011
Teton County Library Addition to Town Council June 20, 2011 Teton County Library
Cooper-Hewitt New library New National Design Library
Opening the New Windmill Library and State-of-the-Art Service Center in Las Vegas Clark County - May 7, 2011
St. Thomas Campus Renovations Completed
Example of Fundraising --
San Diego County Law Library
Master Planning Report Completed for National Library of Barbados - January 1, 2011 National Library of Barbados
New Building - Westhampton Free Library June 26, 2010 Westhampton Free Library
Expansion of the William Jeans Memorial Library of Whitemarsh Township William Jeans Memorial Library
ACA completes new library program for Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology Vaughn Library
ACA completes learning commons program for Schaffer Library of Health Sciences at Albany Medical College Albany Medical College
Fuller Theological Seminary - David Allan Hubbard Library Ribbon-Cutting Monday, May 18th- Fuller Theological Seminary
ACA's Building improvements to the 143-year old Lane Public Library are recognized by American Libraries Magazine, April 2009 Issue pg 35. - Lane Public Library
ACA develops building program, design and layout for USITC Library - US International Trade Commission Library
Model Library for Las Vegas Clark County - Centennial Hills
ACA completes academic library building programming, service planning and strategic support for the development of the KAUST academic library - King Abdullah University Science and Technology
SIM's Memorial Library at the Southeastern Louisiana University New Information Commons Project
James E. Rogers College of Law Library at the University of Arizona New Law Commons
Construction Begins at the Gumberg Library - Duquesne University
ACA develops study for a new National Library for the British Virgin Islands - National Library for British Virgin Islands
ACA develops study to improve Bermuda Parliament Library- Bermuda Parliament
ACA develops building program for existing and new NATO HQ - NATO Digital Asset Management
ACA develops building plan for off-site storage to make room for more students at the NYSHA - New York State Historical Society
ACA develops study for systems library - BAE Systems
ACA develops study for AARP library in Washington D.C. - AARP's Research Information Center.
Opening of New