Revamping your library’s building on a budget

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For Immediate Release

April 20, 2010

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Building Science 101: A Primer for Librarians,” by Lynn M. Piotrowicz & Scott Osgood. This handy guide provides a tour of the library building from foundation to roof, offering managers and administrators expert advice on possible changes at their own libraries.

In a time of rapidly inflating energy prices and tight public budgets, many libraries are faced with older physical facilities that are not up to modern standards of efficiency. Designed for libraries where construction of a completely new building is not feasible, this book offers step-by-step instructions for

  • Improving the energy use of existing structures, with methods for being environmentally and fiscally responsible
  • Identifying ways to enhance building maintenance
  • Investing resources now in order to free them later for core library functions

Piotrowicz has been a librarian in old buildings for nearly two decades. As the director of a 105-year-old building, she sought information to bring utility costs under control and reduce her library’s dependence on nonrenewable resources. She is director of the Tucker Free Library in Henniker, N. H.

Osgood is a registered professional civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the building construction industry. He is the director of facilities and capital projects for the seven-campus Community College System of New Hampshire, with responsibility for the construction, renovation, and care of more than 50 buildings.

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