Silence is not so golden in the modern library and this is a very interesting point to consider when thinking about the design of a library. As I have been musing about library design, the focus is on the purpose of libraries in communities and how library spaces and resources help to facilitate knowledge creation and conversation.
Lankes (2011) states “the mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities” (p. 31). With this in mind, the design of a library should accomodate resources, spaces and facilities that enable creation. Zoning spaces for groups, both small and large, quiet and loud areas with adequate access to technological resources and expertise helps fulfil this mission.
I have been visiting libraries over the past few months that have been recently built or refurbished to gleam an understanding of design principles applied to facilitate this mission. The following presentation was created after visiting City Library of Melbourne Library Service, Waurn Ponds Public Library and Lara Public Library of Geelong Regional Library Corporation and Deakin University Library, Waurn Ponds.
A better view of the photographs can be obtained from my Flickr photo feed.
Lankes, R.D. (2011) The Atlas on New Librarianship, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Armitage, C. ‘Silence is not so golden in the modern library’, Sydney Morning Herald, March 6, 2012.