Organize and manage your library construction project

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For Immediate Release

February 11, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is  announcing the release of the fifth edition of “Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations” by William W. Sannwald. This practical book will guide you through the stages of the design process for new facilities as well as renovations.

The checklist format provides a clear, concise way of itemizing the issues, helping your construction project run as smoothly as possible. New and updated materials from the previous edition include

  • A chapter on sustainable design, including issues of site selection, air quality and energy and water efficiency
  • Sections on wireless networking, information commons and media production and presentation labs
  • Updated treatment of special collections and materials handling systems
  • Disaster planning
  • A reorganized DA Accessibility Guidelines section to match the current structure of the federal statute

William W. Sannwald was assistant to the city manager and manager of library design and development from 1997 to 2004 for the City of San Diego. He  was city librarian of the San Diego Public Library from 1979 to 1997. He is now a full-time faculty member in the business school at San Diego State University and works as a library building and administrative consultant. He is the author of numerous books and articles on library architecture and management and has presented papers at national and international conferences. Past president of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), Sannwald was a jury member of the joint ALA/AIA awards. He is the recipient of the San Diego AIA chapter’s highest honor, the Irving Gill Award, for his contributions to library architecture.

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