Planning and Management of Buildings

This course is designed to familiarize participants with the basic principles of building planning and management.  Topics included are building maintenance and operational procedures, capital and facility development plans, life and safety issues in building operations and planning, technology planning, and post-occupany evaluation.



Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Employ effective building maintenance and operation procedures;
  • Determine the ongoing maintenance needs of their library;
  • List short, mid-term and long term goals for a facility development plan;
  • Understand and prepare capital improvement and facility development plans;
  • Describe key components to a library building program;
  • List procedures used in employing architectural, engineering and consultant assistance in building maintenance and development programs;
  • Describe the roles of key players in a building project;
  • Explain the steps and components of planning and construction processes for renovated or new facilities;
  • Explain how to determine technology planning needs and building requirements;
  • List and explain life and safety issues in building operations; and
  • Describe post-occupancy evaluation procedures.




Who Should Attend

Anyone interested in learning about planning and management of library buildings



John A. Moorman


John A. Moorman has been a library and non-profit organizational consultant for more than 30 years.  In 2009 he established Dominion Library Associates, LLC, a consulting firm which provides assistance to libraries and non-profit organizations.  He was the top library administrator of public libraries, a multi-type library system, and a regional library in North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, and Virginia from 1975-2013.  Moorman has published numerous articles on library-related issues, edited and contributed chapters to the first and second editions of Running a Small Library: A How-To-Do-It Manual. (The second edition was published by ALA Press in 2015.)  Moorman has served on several library and library association boards in addition to ALA Council.




$350 for ALA Members

$400 for Non-members

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Tech Requirements

Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; Real Player software; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution.



Certificate of Completion awarded.


Pamela Akins

Community Engagement Specialist, ITTS
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611

800-545-2433 ext. 4210