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ERIC Number: EJ978388
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7417
Designing an Academic Library as a Place and a Space: How a Robotic Storage System Will Create a 21st Century Library Design
Bostick, Sharon L.; Irwin, Bryan
Educational Facility Planner, v46 n1 p8-12 2012
Renovating, expanding or building new libraries today is a challenge on several levels. Libraries in general are faced with image issues, such as the assumption that a library building exists only to house print material followed by the equally erroneous assumption that everything is now available online, thus rendering a physical building obsolete. Libraries are also faced with serious funding issues, and with the basic reality that space is at a premium. In academic libraries, the way students use libraries is changing as are their expectations of a library. Many academic library buildings are older and were designed to protect printed material and other physical items, such as artifacts or recordings. Spaces for people, while important, were by necessity secondary to this protection. This has led to many buildings functioning as more of a warehouse than a center for scholarly and academic activity. Services, reader spaces, and classrooms tended to be secondary and available only as stack space allowed. The consistent incorporation of new technologies is drastically altering this environment. New technologies include advances in building materials and design options that allow light to become a major feature in library design, creating a bright, open, welcoming space. This creates opportunities to develop flexible, innovative learning spaces. And new storage technologies are being used to create and expand vital learning spaces while keeping valuable texts and other items close by and easily retrievable. In this article, the author discusses how a robotic storage system at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) creates a 21st century library design.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri