Recently my colleague (slash supervisor) and I presented at the 2013 Missouri Library Association Conference in St. Louis. We discussed how to make big library design changes for little or no cost.
I’ve included a link to the Prezi presentation and the blurb below. The Prezi is mostly pictures. Note that in proper academic style below, the secondary title is about two-thirds longer than the primary title.
In the summer of 2011, a small, private academic library began to redesign the library’s physical space in order to reflect a changing philosophy of public services. This process began with a revamp of reference and instruction services which had positive results, and started a change in the shape of the circulation and reference area. In 2013, the Public
Services department revisited the circulation area, focusing on both staff utility and the patron experience. Working on a limited budget, we had to prioritize what would have the most impact for the least amount of money. This new model was generated by examining and touring nearby public and academic libraries and configuring existing furniture
to determine the circulation area’s footprint before any purchase was made. This presentation focuses on the decision making process of redesign and addresses structural limitations, budget considerations, ergonomics, and safety concerns as well as design and function. The presenters will also discuss successes and missteps along the way, and future initiatives.