Managing a library building project

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For Immediate Release

April 13, 2010

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of "
Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project, Second Edition", by Jeannette Woodward. This crash course in planning and building today’s libraries uses real-world examples and insider stories from librarians around the country to guide administrators and library staff through their own projects.

Writing from the perspective of a librarian who has been through numerous building projects, Jeannette Woodward walks readers through the entire process, from planning and construction to oversight and getting settled. Packed with helpful checklists and worksheets, this revised edition includes:

  • Updated references, standards, materials, and resources
  • Tips for efficient HVAC systems and evolving rules for LEED certification
  • Information on new technological issues, including broadband and telecommunications

Woodward is a principal of Wind River Library and Nonprofit Consulting. After a career in academic library administration, most recently as assistant director of the David Adamany Library at Wayne State University, she began a second career in public libraries as the director of the Fremont County Library System of Wyoming. Woodward is the author of several books, including "
Creating the Customer-Driven Academic Library" (2009), "What Every Librarian Should Know about Electronic Privacy" (2007), "
Creating the Customer-Driven Library" (2005), and "Nonprofit Essentials" (2006).

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