[aisle] Library updates and remodel

Christine Wilson wilson.christine at d46.org
Thu Sep 19 11:36:25 CDT 2019


Make sure that the fixtures you choose are flexible and can be reconfigured
for uses down the road we can't even think of yet!

In terms of the decor, look into some of the brain studies on color and
environment. Decide how you want the various spaces in your library to
function (quiet study, active maker space, calm cool down, engaging story
time, etc.) and design accordingly. If you have the research to back it up,
you should have more leverage with your admin. This also extends to
artwork, display space, etc.

Vendors can be helpful with design, but if you then feel you have to buy
their products, get help elsewhere. Maybe you have students with parents
who are librarians, architects, designers, etc. Or staff have siblings and
spouses with those skills.  Anyway, these can also be sources of free
assistance with your plan.

Good luck - sounds like fun!

On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 9:18 AM Peterson, Sharon I. (OV) via AISLE <
aisle at list.railslibraries.info> wrote:

> Demco has library furniture and a design team that would help you.
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> When I  redesigned my library (I didn’t get everything I wished for) My
> first priority was my needs.  Book cases, height being a consideration for
> the different ages of students, seating, STEAM area and furniture for it,
> etc.    One thing I added was a Lego wall for my younger kids in my STEAM
> station area.  I also had some seating custom made to hold baskets, 3 on
> each shelf, for my paperback picture books for my younger kids.
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> You’re so lucky to have this opportunity!   Best wishes!
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> My superintendent has charged me with the task of redesigning and
> reconfiguring what our district's libraries need to look like and contain
> in order to make our facilities "21st century".  He really didn't give me
> any boundaries (which makes me feel more overwhelmed than liberated), so I
> thought I would ask all of you what tangible things (furniture, displays,
> shelving, technology, etc.) and intangible (online resources and the like)
> are "must haves".
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> I serve two libraries (preK-6 and 7-12) with a population of nearly 900
> students district wide.  Both libraries have a bank of computers for
> student use and recently added SMART panels for instructional purposes.
> The district library budget is roughly $20,000, but some of that is always
> earmarked for things that I don't necessarily feel are library related but
> admin takes them out of the budget anyway.
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> I guess what I am asking is a blend of practical recommendations and wish
> list items.  Our admin team is fairly focused on aesthetics right now, so
> I'm sure furniture will be on the must purchase list from their
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> Any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
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