Building and Planning
Libraries - Web sites for planning, interiors, lighting, standards, and a bibliography of print
Facilities Management - This is a very good place to start planning for
renovation of old school libraries or planning new ones. This by the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science.
Some Design Considerations
When Building or Remodling a Media Center - by Doug Johnson
School Library Design - by the Whole Building Design Guide.
Divine Design: How to Create the 21st Century School Library of Your Dreams - an article by Margaret Sullivan in School Library Journal, April 1, 2011.
The Changing Role of the School Library's Physical Space - By Tom Corbett. The increasing use of digital resources will have an impact on the physical layout of the library. This article was in School Library Monthly, April, 2011.
Guidelines for Library Programs in Louisiana Schools - 2004. See chapter 4 for facilities design. This is in pdf format.
Design Considerations for School Library Media Centers - The Wisconsin
Department of Education.
21st Century School Library Design - A video by Peggy Maurer which presents important points for planning for facilities in school libraries.
School Library Renovations - Lessons Learned - Some helpful tips from the School Libraries, Technology, and Creativity web site.
Designing School Library Media Centers - A bibliography of internet resources by Maryland Public Schools. This is a pdf document.
Libraries and Media Centers - a bibliography of
books and ERIC documents on the design of library facilities.
How to Evaluate Your Library's Physical Environment - This article is
directed toward public librarians, but school librarians may find some helpful tips for perking up their library. This article is by
Julia Cooper in Information Today, May/June, 2007.
Planning Shifts of Library
Collections - How to move your library into the new facility. By Shirien Chappell
Library Works - Articles about design in libraries, new products, a humor section, and jobs for librarians.
Bad Human Factors Designs - This site is just about bad
design in a number of products and in signage.
Library Services for People with Disabilities Policy - From the American Library Association.
Universal Access: Making Library Resources Accessible to People with Disabilities - A handy checklist which may be used to see how accessible your library is.
Making Your Library More Welcoming to Children with Special Needs - This is an article by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn, School Library Journal, 2/1/2006.
Assistive Devices Help Challenged Kids Get the Most From Learning - From Education World.
The Next Big Thing: Making library e-content accessible to people with disabilities - An article by Christopher Harris in School Library Journal, Feb. 1, 2011.
Lend Me a Handheld: Assistive tech is as close as Your Mobile Device - An article by Christopher Harris in School Library Journal, March 1, 2011. Assistive technology which may already be in your library.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped - A service of
the Library of Congress. There are book reviews, book lists of Braille books, and many other fact sheets, bibliographies, and
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public
Accomodation - US government regulations which include libraries.
Libraries and Autism: We're Connected - Helpful resources and web links.
Strengths and Opportunities: School Librarians Serving Students with Special Needs in Central New York State - An article by Renee F. Hill in School Library Research, Vol. 15, 2012.
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