For immediate release | October 3, 2012

Universal design for academic libraries

CHICAGO — A wealth of possibilities related to use of space and design exists within the walls of academic libraries.

In “Universal Design: A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-creating Interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning, and Research,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, Gail M. Staines gives readers to-the-point explanations and information on how to effectively create and re-create interiors of academic libraries for teaching, learning, and research.

The academic library “as place” continues to evolve around the idea that the existing environment can have multiple uses. Staines shows how partnerships with other college and university agencies, such as centers for teaching excellence and writing centers, can work, given the compatibility of their missions with those of academic libraries. Multi-use interiors can better serve both students and faculty, and using the easy-to-locate references and constructive tips in this book, readers can effectively design and redesign academic library spaces to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students, faculty and researchers.

Staines is assistant vice president for university libraries at Saint Louis University, St Louis, Mo. Previously she served as the executive director of the Western New York Library Resources Council and was visiting lecturer at University at Buffalo Department of Library and Information Studies. A 2004 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, she is a frequent national and international presenter, author of several articles and co-author of a number of books.

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