Getting it together for libraries: designing a collaborative learning centre
Source TitleLIANZA 2001 – Library and Information Association of New Zealand Conference
PublisherThe Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (Rotorua)
University of Melbourne Author/sKealy, Karen
AffiliationInformation, Information Services
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsKealy, K. (2001). Getting it together for libraries: designing a collaborative learning centre. In LIANZA 2001 – Library and Information Association of New Zealand Conference.
Access StatusOpen Access
Deposited with permission of the author. © 2001 Karen Kealy
Designing for libraries is a specialised skill requiring an understanding of the services and functions within them. Particularly, designing library spaces for the 21st century is, I believe, more complex than it was in the past. Libraries are seen as places of learning and knowledge pursuit and should be designed to accommodate these needs. However, contemporary library buildings will generally accommodate more than typical library services, and they therefore need to be flexible and multifunctional. Libraries are more than storehouses or repositories of materials - they need to be wired and cabled for delivery of many types of electronic information resources and access to many types of electronic services. So, we must now design for all types of published formats - not just print - and ensure that power and data connections are robust and extendable.
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