Buildings & Facilities

ALL | AASL Learning Library is a repository of webcasts, podcasts, and resources from AASL professional development events. ALL also contains read-only versions of AASL’s print journal, Knowledge Quest, which is available for view before the issue mails. 
Libraries across the country continue to embrace the digital media lab concept by offering a creative space chock full of the latest computer hardware and software and audio, digitizing, graphic design, music, photography, video, web publishing, and other production equipment and resources that patrons use to create and share their own content. In this roadmap webinar, Jeffrey Fisher of the Fountaindale Public Library shares his how-we-did-(and still do)-it strategies for building and operating a digital media lab. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
Libraries continue to be built and renovated due to the continuous changes in IT, changes in the expectations of their users, and in response to the importance of the library as place. Explores these three influences and the impact of these changes on space and the design of the modern library using examples and images.

An ALCTS webcast

Library space design traditionally begins with contents and collections. Dokk1, Aarhus (Denmark) Public Libraries' new main library that opened in 2015, embodies a shift in philosophy: library design for people. Through a highly inclusive process the library became a space that empowers its citizens. This on-demand webinar focuses on planning spaces for discovery, creation, participation, learning, performing, and innovation. Whether you are thinking about repurposing space, renovating, or building a new library, designing for people is an essential space planning concept. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
So, your library has discovered bed bugs in your facility or collections. Or maybe your library is lucky and hasn't yet had a bed bug introduction, but you’d like to be prepared if and when that introduction happens, so you’re not trying to have months' worth of policy discussions in a few hours or days. This on-demand webinar will provide everything you need to know, from identifying bed bugs, to ways they are introduced into the library, to treatment and mitigation options that will help you protect your library's facilities and collections on a daily basis. — PREVIEW AVAILABLE
The impact and magnitude of the COVID-19 situation caught us off guard, leading to library closures. Many libraries struggled to pull together work at home plans for staff and to get the equipment and services necessary to enable them to do so. This eForum will be a conversation about how to develop a contingency plan and implementing best practices for emergencies.
Libraries are taking the necessary precautions to create a safe environment during the pandemic. Social distancing isn’t the only solution, but providing access to loanable technologies, including handling and quarantine of equipment, cleaning, and other safety and health concerns are just some of the measures put in place.   With the ongoing disruption to library services caused by COVID-19, what reopening planning policies should be considered for usage? In this free 90-minute presentation, our presenters will share tips that might be helpful to other librarians before they reopen.
Do you thrive on change and want to pioneer bold new visions of what public libraries can be? Learn how to build a process for intentional innovation and experimentation at your library. Hear about how Arapahoe Libraries in Colorado designated their Castlewood branch as a place where library users and staff collaborate to experiment with new ways of using the public library. Whether the experiments succeed or fail, the goal is to evolve with your community.
Self-PacedeCourseAttendance Cert.
This course is designed to help participants in the context of their own library building, learn how to develop and plan maintenance of their facility, determine capital needs and budgets, and plan, understand the elements and steps of, and evaluate a construction project.
PLA is committed to providing information on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 to PLA members and others working in public libraries. This series of free webinars, originally presented March 26–April 23, 2020, featured updates on the current status of the pandemic, examples of how libraries are dealing with closures and serving their communities virtually, and opportunities to share and learn from each other.