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  1. Library Design Showcase 2012: The Outdoor Library

    Greg Landgraf A library’s building is important, but its exterior can be as well. Many libraries have found ways to integrate the outdoors into their regular services. The following libraries have all found ways to give their patrons the opportunity to en ...

    SBIRES - 07/23/2013 - 13:21 - American Libraries Magazine

  2. Library Design Showcase 2012: The Shape of Things

    Greg Landgraf Libraries aren’t just giant boxes with books, and one of the striking things about submissions to the Library Design Showcase this year was the uniqueness of many of the shapes found within the library. For this final section of the Showcase ...

    SBIRES - 07/18/2013 - 16:55 - American Libraries Magazine

  3. Library Design Showcase 2012: Collaborative Learning

    Greg Landgraf It’s hardly news anymore: The library is no longer a place for (just) solitary silence. The following facilities have made a special effort to provide space for cooperation and collaboration, while still respecting other patrons’ desires for ...

    SBIRES - 07/17/2013 - 16:18 - American Libraries Magazine

  4. Library Design Showcase 2012: Finding Your Way

    Greg Landgraf Helping people navigate their way through a new library is an important design consideration. The following libraries use a variety of methods, both subtle and overt, to help patrons know where they are and where they want to go. McAllen (Te ...

    SBIRES - 07/17/2013 - 16:06 - American Libraries Magazine

  5. Library Design Showcase 2012: Small Projects, Big Impact

    Greg Landgraf Perhaps it’s a reflection of the economic times, or perhaps it’s just an example of librarian ingenuity stretching always-scarce dollars, but a significant number of submissions this year were for relatively small projects that provided a li ...

    SBIRES - 07/17/2013 - 15:29 - American Libraries Magazine

  6. Library Design Showcase 2012: Green Facilities

    Greg Landgraf Green construction has been a growing trend for several years. Daylighting, green roofs, solar panels, water management, and certification under the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ...

    SBIRES - 07/03/2013 - 14:40 - American Libraries Magazine

  7. Library Design Showcase 2012: Super Schools

    Greg Landgraf With the success of the recent White House petition on school libraries, the American public has asserted its support for this vital aspect of childhood education. The following schools have demonstrated their understanding of the centrality ...

    SBIRES - 07/03/2013 - 12:46 - American Libraries Magazine

  8. Library Design Showcase 2012: Building for Accessibility

    Greg Landgraf Ensuring that all people can use a library regardless of age, background, or physical ability is one of the profession's central tenets. These projects have put special effort into making sure that the finished building is accessible to ...

    SBIRES - 07/03/2013 - 12:37 - American Libraries Magazine

  9. Library Design Showcase 2012: Service Flexibility

    Greg Landgraf Library needs change as service populations shift, technology marches on, and ideas for new services blossom. These changes can happen over years, but they can also happen day-to-day as patrons seek a venue to serve their needs of the moment ...

    SBIRES - 07/03/2013 - 12:24 - American Libraries Magazine

  10. Library Design Showcase 2012: Reuse and Restoration

    Greg Landgraf It’s not always feasible to update an existing building for use as a library rather than constructing new, but when it is possible it has the potential to save money, reduce environmental impact, and preserve pieces of local history. The fol ...

    SBIRES - 07/03/2013 - 12:02 - American Libraries Magazine