Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Collaborative Library Design: From Planning to Impact

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Collaborative Library Design: From Planning to Impact

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Collaborative Library Design: From Planning to Impact. By Peter Gisolfi. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2018. 146 p. Paper $74.99 (ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1717-6).

Librarians, administration, and architects will gain insight into library building design from Collaborative Library Design by architect Peter Gisolfi. The book discusses ten different libraries that Gisolfi's architectural firm was involved in designing. A wide variety of projects were discussed, including remodels, new buildings, and large, small, public, academic, and school libraries.

Each of the ten libraries has a chapter devoted to it, and each chapter is divided into three essays. The first essay is written by some sort of administrator for the library, such as a principal, board member, or trustee, and discusses the planning process for the project. The second essay is written by Gisolfi himself on the design of the new space. A librarian wrote the third essay on the impact the design changes have made for the community. Many of the essays end with advice for others who will be taking on a building or remodeling project in the future. …

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