Functional Space Requirements Committee

Community of Practice: Buildings and Equipment

Charge: To assess the current status of national space allocation standards and guidelines; to develop new standards for physical space requirements for libraries in conjunction with other ALA units and external organizations such as AIA, ANSI, ASTM, and NISO.


Mr. James Michael Moyer (Chair, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Ms. Kelly Brubaker (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Alexander Cohen (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Jill Friedmann (Member, July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2018)
Seth Penchansky (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)

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Our Work


  • Propose new standards as necessary
  • Propose a yearly webinar or presentation at Annual

Expected Time Commitment:

  • Eight hours per year in either virtual meetings or at ALA conferences

Desired skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Experience or interest in library space allocation standards
  • Some program planning experience preferred, but not required

Staff Contact and roles:

  • Kerry Ward,, 800-5454-2433, ext. 5036. Overall management, committee charges/appointments, budget requests, etc.
  • Fred Reuland,, 800-545-2433, ext. 5032. Webinar production, program planning and scheduling, conference support, etc.

Resources available:

  • Virtual meeting support
  • Community leaders
  • ALA Connect