• Library Planning Research

    It’s all about the library user experience…

    It’s never been easier for libraries to improve services – or so it seems. Open, adaptable, activity-based library spaces make people feel like they are part of the community. On the other hand, a recent Harvard Review Study by Ethan S. Bernstein (the truth about open offices) suggests that open offices reduce collaboration. We understand this problem. We analyze library use and find that people are doing more online learning, making zoom or gotomeeting calls requiring new types of libraries to support their needs.

    When did messaging displace phone calls? I don’t remember, but today’s work environment is filled with people texting and communicating. Sometimes person to person conversations are being replaced by a simple text. And Google, Slack and Microsoft now offer collaboration services displacing in-person meetings. How will the libraries respond to this new type of communication? How will the environment be affected?

    We are all living in real time and our physical and technology structures have changed our ability to experience our environments. We now communicate with multi-channel collaboration tools. In the future, we will be activating our space using AI, robots, NFC applications, blockchain systems and smart phones to seamlessly share our activities, relationships and experiences.

    Library Architecture is easy to observe if you understand the context and content of the user experience. There are reasons why library programming is needed. We understand how to define the behavior and help program the services/spaces for the desired interactions. Organically thinking, these individual behaviors together make up an anatomy of service responses – learning support, literacy, digital knowledge and cultural awareness.

    When designing the future try to understand how your library supports the face-to-face meeting, video conferencing, cell phone calls, social media, email, and messaging needs of the user. Are there places for people to do these things? Do you need to analyze our collections, seating and staff spaces? Is it time to make a plan?


  • Library Planning Research,  library technology,  work in progress

    Design Thinking Workshop

    Join Us on January 30th at SAP 10 Hudson Yards from 9 to 4pm AT SAP 10 HUDSON YARDS. The Design Thinking Workshop is a methodology developed by IDEO and enhanced by SAP to help businesses, educators, marketing and communication experts and sales administrators develop the next generation business. The workshop will define benchmarks and trends. We will show how to layer technologies that can be integrated into the organizational environment (technology, collections, staff, space, etc.). We will demonstrate how both digital and physical collections use participatory tools such as the digital asset management platforms.

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    This workshop allows businesses, foundations, educators, librarians, administrators and marketing teams to learn how to use design thinking to improve staff practices. Our methodology for planning and design will assist in the development of the next-generation business – including corporation, academic, public, school, government, medical and research organizations. Participants will learn our design thinking methodology to build the next generation business environment.


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  • Library Planning Research,  library technology,  Social Library Issues

    Thinking about libraries in new ways

    The library of the future is going to be a collection of activities and books.  The book technology may change from being clay tablets to e-books.  However, learning activities are the core of any library.

    When we design new libraries, we look at potential learning activities.  We examine the combinations of functions from technology to books to learning spaces. These learning activities may use print journals or computers.  The combination of access to intellectual stimulation and space, enabling us to have experiences that enrich our lives.

    Charlie Bennett, an academic librarian at Georgia Tech, delivered a poetic Tedx talk.  He talked about what libraries offer and the value of thinking in new ways about technology and service.  He explored the history of libraries and the factors that lead to the development of learning spaces.  If you would like to be inspired, take 10 mins and listen here to the TED TALK LIBRARIAN.

    Below is a picture of a GT library / learning space.  What does the next generation library look like?IMG_4457

     

     

  • Library Planning Research,  Space Planning,  work in progress

    Visualizing the Library of the Future

    NC State developed a wonderful video for their new library project. The video shows all of the different programmatic components required for a modern academic library including socializing, preservation and late night study.

    Librarians can develop a proactive position when facing the future. Review this video to reflect and visualize the types of interactions and technology that can be in a library.

    In a world of homogenized choices, the library can be the space where your community can feel truly fulfilled in their quest for knowledge, enlightenment, entertainment and connection to others.

  • Library Planning Research,  Social Library Issues

    The economic impact of libraries

    Our team is always trying to measure the economic impact of library services. It is notoriously difficult once you get beyond broad benefits and try to pin down the actual numbers.

    A new research report from Australia on the socio-economic impact of libraries, Dollars, Sense and Public Libraries, has been published, commissioned by the library network for the state of Victoria.

    It uses an economic model that gets as close as anyone can to demonstrating the real economic value of public libraries. Its findings will be of interest to public libraries in the USA, UK and beyond. Please use this quantifiable economic data to back up fund raising strategies. Outlining the value of library services is very important to our profession and society.

  • Library Planning Research

    Functions of the Library Future

    In the future, augmented reality activities will affect library design. The development of enhanced environments will be an opportunity to integrate new products.

    Augmented Reality is an example of innovation that should be taken into account during planning. The new technology will require new spaces and equipment. Click below to learn about the future from Sarah Houghton-Jan.