Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Facelifts for Special Libraries: A Practical Guide for Revitalising Diverse Physical and Digital Spaces

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

Facelifts for Special Libraries: A Practical Guide for Revitalising Diverse Physical and Digital Spaces

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Fry, Jenny, Bassett, Dawn, and Brooke, Ballantyne-Scott. Facelifts for Special Libraries: A Practical Guide for Revitalising Diverse Physical and Digital Spaces. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing; 2010. 161 p. $99.95. ISBN: 978-1-84334-591-6.

Few librarians are fully prepared or trained for the wide array of tasks and processes associated with planning and implementing library renovation projects. Three special librarians, including a hospital librarian (Scott), developed this readable, practical, and handy guide for "revitalis[ing] an existing special library." As the authors point out, many of the articles and books on the subject of library design focus on new construction of academic and public libraries. This work is based on their own experiences in small special library settings, a survey administered in 2007, and other information gathered from colleagues in 2009.

Each chapter includes helpful hints, green tips (related to sustainability of library facilities), further reading (specific journal articles and books, journals, associations, recommended search terms), and bibliographic notes. Chapter 1 emphasizes the importance of project preparation including assessing library staff strengths, understanding one's institutional history, and deternrining user needs. Chapter 2 points out the value of teamwork and essential knowledge transfer among project team members. …

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