Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose

One of the advantages of being on a tight budget with constraints, as I've written about before, is that it forces one into being thrifty and eco-conscious.  I just wanted to say a few words here about ways in which we managed to employ the 4R's in our library renovation. Library shelving is very very … Continue reading Reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose

Firmware (& Software)

Planning for a library expansion and renovation involves considerable time, thought and work on the "hardware" of the physical building. Including last week's work of packing up the books and getting them put into storage. I'd blogged a little about how just prior to that we'd done a lot of weeding, and sorting out patron … Continue reading Firmware (& Software)

Make-over update

When I tell people we're getting to renovate and extend our library their first reaction is "wow, that's amazing, you're so lucky!". And yes, prima facie it is so. But right now it's feeling rather overwhelming. And ironically most of that is not so much to do with the change as the amount of preparation … Continue reading Make-over update

Library redesign – checklist

One of the librarians on a FB group I'm in asked me if I had a check-list for our library redesign.  Which made me realise that no, I didn't. I've more or less had a running checklist in my mind all year, and particularly since I did INF536 - Designing Spaces for Learning (you can see … Continue reading Library redesign – checklist

Library redesign – current issues

As librarians we often make it our life and vacation's mission to visit other libraries and drool over what they have (or haven't got), how they're organised things, what their displays look like - how the signage works out etc etc. and then we come home and try and adapt our current situation to optimise … Continue reading Library redesign – current issues

Applying spatial changes and design thinking to middle school reading– a three phase collaborative approach

Introduction There is a long history of research into the value of and elements contributing to the success of classroom libraries. They have an important role in ensuring accessibility of written works to promote fluency and skill in literacy and thereby contributing to academic achievement. But the literature appears to concentrate on elementary schools (Hopenwasser … Continue reading Applying spatial changes and design thinking to middle school reading– a three phase collaborative approach