Storage, seating and signage

I’ve been meaning to write this for the longest time – after the library renovation / redesign what is working and what isn’t. For the history have a look under make-over or library design posts and categories. I was prompted to write this really due to three main questions that have been floating around the Facebook librarian groups that I’m a member of. The questions of … Continue reading Storage, seating and signage

Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose

One of the advantages of being on a tight budget with constraints, as I’ve written about before, is that it forces one into being thrifty and eco-conscious.  I just wanted to say a few words here about ways in which we managed to employ the 4R’s in our library renovation. Library shelving is very very expensive. And there is a reason for this – it … Continue reading Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose

Firmware (& Software)

Planning for a library expansion and renovation involves considerable time, thought and work on the “hardware” of the physical building. Including last week’s work of packing up the books and getting them put into storage. I’d blogged a little about how just prior to that we’d done a lot of weeding, and sorting out patron data on our system, as somehow the physical sorting out … Continue reading Firmware (& Software)

Make-over update

When I tell people we’re getting to renovate and extend our library their first reaction is “wow, that’s amazing, you’re so lucky!”. And yes, prima facie it is so. But right now it’s feeling rather overwhelming. And ironically most of that is not so much to do with the change as the amount of preparation that needs to be done. Speaking of change – you … Continue reading Make-over update

Library redesign – checklist

One of the librarians on a FB group I’m in asked me if I had a check-list for our library redesign.  Which made me realise that no, I didn’t. I’ve more or less had a running checklist in my mind all year, and particularly since I did INF536 – Designing Spaces for Learning (you can see more posts under category INF536). But I think it’s probably … Continue reading Library redesign – checklist

Library redesign – current issues

As librarians we often make it our life and vacation’s mission to visit other libraries and drool over what they have (or haven’t got), how they’re organised things, what their displays look like – how the signage works out etc etc. and then we come home and try and adapt our current situation to optimise our own assets and spaces into something even more user … Continue reading Library redesign – current issues

Moving the deck chairs – well at least the shelves

Old VCR boxes as flexible shelf labeling A huge amount of progress has been made by Ms. Sheryl who has managed to get rid of the boxes cluttering up the floors and to start sorting those books which have any type of DDC number on the spine into DDC number order.  But there still are piles and piles of orphan textbooks that no-one appears to … Continue reading Moving the deck chairs – well at least the shelves