ERIC Number: ED385266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Academic Libraries as High-Tech Gateways: A Guide to Design and Space Decisions.
Bazillion, Richard J.; Braun, Connie
Academic libraries must integrate technology and traditional library service. Online catalogs, high-tech campus information networks, and accelerated resource sharing present opportunities for building comprehensive information centers. However, the interiors of most existing libraries were not designed to accommodate extensive high-tech equipment or encourage its frequent use. This guide helps librarians identify and bring about the design features required to make academic libraries "gateways" to the vast resources of electronic and printed information. The planning process is librarians make design and space decisions for online information access, electronic study centers, and other automated systems. The objective is to create a flexible, user-friendly design that streamlines or eliminates obstructions to information access. Sixty detailed photos and drawings illustrate design changes. Topics include: attributes of a 21st century library creating the "intelligent" library building; furnishing, equipping, and testing the building; and libraries as "teaching instruments." With this guide, librarians will find out what it takes to transform academic libraries into complete information centers; accommodating computer hardware, software, electronic networks, communication systems, and printed materials. Contains 281 references. (MAS)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Computer Centers, Design Requirements, Facility Guidelines, Higher Education, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Services, Library Development, Library Equipment, Library Facilities, Library Planning, Library Services, Technological Advancement
Book Order Fulfillment, American Library Association, 155 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606-1719 (ALA Members: $36; Others: $40).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL.