New ACRL publication: The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/31/2010

Contact:

David Free
Mktg & Comm. Specialist/Editor-in-Chief
Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
1-800-545-2433 ext.2517
dfree@ala.org

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Library Space,” a research study conducted by Illinois Institute of Technology Dean of Libraries Christopher Stewart.

“The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning and Design of New Library Space” is the first comprehensive study of planning and construction of academic library buildings completed entirely in the 21st century. Given digitization of collections, the dynamic mix of new learning spaces with traditional library functions and other factors informing contemporary library design, the Digital Age has not raised so much the question of if libraries will survive, but how they will survive. Stewart’s study answers this question by examining academic library building projects completed in recent years. The book includes survey results on planning processes and such building characteristics as user space in each building, usage and new roles for library buildings.

The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning and Design of New Library Space” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org), by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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