• Library Planning Research

    The Library and Smartphones

    In 2010, ACA did a planning workshop for Computers in Libraries. During the workshop, the group discussed the use of mobile technology and its impact on library space. What will the library of the future look like? A recent study by the PEW FOUNDATION starts to shine the light on new technology…

    According to the Pew Foundation, 32 percent of Americans had accessed the web using a mobile device by April 2009 compared to only 24 percent in December 2007, and 58 percent of 18-29 year olds have used the web on a mobile device. Worldwide demand for smartphones increased 30 percent last year and continues to grow.

    In “Universities and Libraries Move to the Mobile Web, Aldrich, Alan, Educause Quarterly, Vol. 33. #2, 2010,” states that University Websites and Library sites need to integrate mobile requirements and functionality. As library consultants, planners and designers we are focused on another functional aspect of Smart phones – what kinds of learning spaces do students need to support mobile technology. We are researching different educational and public information settings to understand mobile computing needs. As a result, we are developing new types of programmatic requirements for library spaces i.e. flexible furnishings, smart spaces and materials, stackable chairs and tables. We are looking for ways to improve the learning space.

  • Library Planning Research,  library technology,  Social Library Issues,  Space Planning

    Library as Place – Disney is moving toward a better retail place.

    Disney’s Retail Plan is a Theme Park in its Stores, is another example of retailers recognizing the need to create a place. They hired Steve Job’s retailing team at Apple to help them develop interactive learning spaces.

    The ‘Library as Place’ is an important aspect of the new service/space paradigm. For example, “the world does not need another place to sell Disney merchandise – this only works if it’s an experience,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide.” In relation to Library Space Planning, people want space to interact with the library material and they need additional types of working environments to do it in.

    The ‘Library as Place’ is an important factor in the way we interact with information. For example, by using RFID librarians can equip packages to respond when the customer passes the interactive display. In the future Disney Stores, “Computer chips embedded in packaging will activate hidden features. Walk by a “magic mirror” while holding a Princess tiara, for instance, and Cinderella might appear and say something to you.” – Barnes, Brooks, “Disney’s Retail Plan Is a Theme Park in Its Stores,” NYTimes, Oct. 13, 2009.

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