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Cedar Rapids Public Library Elects BCI Shelving for Rebuild

Posted by Tracy Lenok in News

 BCI Shelving Systems at the Newly Built Cedar Rapids Public Library

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After the disastrous flood of 2008, the Cedar Rapids Public Library was completely destroyed.  Five years later, the new modern Cedar Rapids Public Library opened its doors.

BCI’s 60/30 Radius Steel Shelving was chosen for the rebuild of the new library.

Location:  Cedar Rapids, IA

BCI Dealer:  LFI, Inc.

Architect:  OPN Architects

For information on BCI’s modern public library products and more, contact us today – specialists are standing by to answer all your questions.

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22 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Ossining Middle School Library Selects BCI’s Opal Shelving System

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Installations, News, Products

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BCI is working with Fuller & D’Angelo Architects and Young Equipment to make this transformation become a reality.   BCI’s Modern Library furniture is currently being installed….photo’s will be posted as soon as the remodeling is complete…stand by!

Project:  Anne M. Dorner Middle School Library – Ossining Unified School District

Location: Ossining, NY

Design Firm:  Fuller & D’Angelo Architects

BCI Dealer:  Young Equipment

Product:  Opal Shelving System

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21 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Edmonton Public Library Chooses BCI Modern Library Furniture

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Installations, News

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Exciting updates at the Jasper Place Branch of the Edmonton Public Library!

The Edmonton Public Library chose BCI Modern Library Furniture to update their Jasper Place Branch to better serve the needs of the community.

Project:     Edmonton Public Library – Jasper Place Branch

Location:  Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Products:   BCI Opal Shelving SystemBCI Opac Search Station with CPU CompartmentBCI Ordrup Magazine Display, Zign Lighting for Ordrup Magazine Display,  Inform Desk, Slimline Wood & Steel Shelving

BCI Dealer:  Allwest Furnishings

For BCI Modern Library Furniture product information, please contact us

To download our catalog, please click here

Click here to view more building projects by the Edmonton Public Library

19 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Paramus High School Media Center Redesigned by BCI Modern Library Furniture

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Installations, News

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BCI Modern Library Furniture Redesigns Paramus High School Media Center

With the help of BCI Modern Library Furnishings, Paramus High School unveiled their newly designed Media Center. The new furnishings included new shelving, computer search stations and information desks.  This redesign was purchased off the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission (MRESC) contract. 

The unveiling of the renovated PHS Library has been featured on NorthJersey.com –

“Paramus High School’s students, faculty and staff gathered in the library to unveil a brand new media center on Dec. 11. The complete facility was renovated, including wiring, ceiling, flooring, painting and the purchase of new furniture, 25 new desktop computers, two laser printers and six laptops, according to library media specialist Sherie Piniella. The new high school media center also features charging stations for students to bring-their-own-devices, two standing workstations, a quiet study space, two lounge seating areas, a ceiling-mounted projector, and space for meeting and student collaborative work.”

 

 

 

Project:      Paramus High School

Location:  Paramus, NJ

Products:   BCI 60/30 Steel Shelving System, BCI Flatline Search Station, BCI Inform Desk

Dealer:  Longo Associates, Inc.

For product information and design assistance, please contact us

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To learn more about MRESC click here

 

 

16 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Edmonton Public Library Selects BCI Modern Library Furnishings

Posted by Tracy Lenok in Installations, News

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Amazing upgrades are complete at the Edmonton Public Library Highlands Branch!  

BCI Modern Library Furnishings were selected for the upgrades.

 

As the demand for a more modern public library increases, Edmonton Public Library steps up to make the Highlands Branch more user friendly.  

Project:     Edmonton Public Library – Highlands Branch

Location:  Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Products:   BCI Opal Shelving System, BCI Opac Search Station with CPU Compartment, BCI Softline Magnum Bean Bag, BCI Ordrup Magazine Display

BCI Dealer:  Allwest Furnishings

For product information, please contact us

To download our catalog, please click here

 

16 Jan 2015 no comments / READ MORE

LibraryWorks presents BCI Libraries

Posted by Anthony Stellatos in News

LibraryWorks presents BCI Libraries Script:

With commitment and curiosity, BCI is redefining and redesigning the library world, one space at a time. It’s no wonder that they were awarded the “ALA 2014 Library of the Year Award”. The BCI motto? “We are library people.”

BCI offers a flexible system of high quality products with various color and design options.

Their shelving is offered in wide range of colors and styles that can be combined with each other as fixed or mobile units for storage or display purposes.

BCI also provides creative interior space planning to complete the process of transforming your space into a functional innovative modern library.

The library of today is not just a collection of books or a place to study–it is a place for multicultural communication, learning, social gathering, and so much more.

Visit www.bcilibraries.com to see their full range of library furniture, planning services and innovative solutions.

04 Nov 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Creating Effective Learning Environments

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News

Five things to consider when creating learning environments

 

When it comes to learning efficiency, one of the most important things to think about is learning environment. This article explores five things for a library to consider when creating an effective learning environment.

 

  1. Proximity to learning resources. Library study areas should be set up and spaced so that there are study areas next to all learning resources. In addition to placing study areas near bookshelves, study areas should also be placed in areas with other resources, such as computers.
  2. Lighting. Good lighting is key to good learning. Libraries with good learning environments feature a mix of natural and artificial lighting. Poor lighting is the leading cause of fatigues and headaches in library users, and can interrupt learning. Study areas should be placed where they can be reached by natural light, but should also have access to overhead and table lamps. Today’s bookshelves also feature lighting to make finding resources easier.
  3. Sound. While libraries are known or being places that demand quiet, the fact is that not all learners find quiet environments the best learning environments. Study areas should be designed so that learners can choose to study in total silence, or in areas with low to moderate noise levels.
  4. Flexibility. Today’s learners don’t always learn alone. Instead, group collaboration is very important. To that end, flexibility is key. In addition to having study areas designed for the solo library-goer, it’s also important to set up library furniture so that it promotes group interaction and learning. Moveable, flexible furniture ensures that library patrons can set up areas that work best for them.
  5. Comfort.  Library furniture should promote comfort, while also correctly supporting the body. Fortunately, there is a wide range of ergonomic furniture to choose from designed specifically for the library.

 

Comfort is key in an effective learning environment. To learn more about library furniture and how it can be used to create positive learning environments, visit BCI Libraries.

 

15 Aug 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Computers, Internet Demand Impacts Library Furniture

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News, Uncategorized

More than three-quarters of Americans say it’s important for libraries to provide computers and Internet access

 

According to a study done by the Pew Research Center, 77% of Americans say it is “very important” for public libraries to provide free access to computers and the Internet. This means that when designing new libraries or remodeling old, it’s important to design spaces and choose library furniture that provides quick access to electronic information and communication technologies.

 

Types of Furniture that Support Computer Use

 

Today’s libraries feature spaces with access to free computers, as well as spaces that enable the patron to tap into the Internet using their own equipment. Library furniture that supports computer access and use includes:

 

Computer stations. These can be fixed, or they can be adjustable to support people of different sizes, as well as sitting or standing use. Computer stations come in many different materials, designs, sizes, and colors.

Desks. Today’s library desks often feature enhancements such as built in power-outlets that facilitate the use of computers.

Study cubicles and carrels. Study cubicles and carrels may be designed to hold full-size computers, or to support laptops and tablets. They feature built-in power to make computer use easier than ever.

 

For more information on designing, planning, or furnishing spaces that promote computer and Internet use, and on choosing library furniture that supports your needs, visit BCI Libraries.

 

15 Jul 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Seven Library Trends for Teens and Children

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News

Publisher’s Weekly recently asked experts in children’s and teen library services about library trends, and published their findings in a blog. Here are the seven library trends they identified.

 

  1. Common Core. While there is much criticism about Common Core and the way it dictates what must be read, public libraries are embracing it. According to experts, Common Core boosts the use of research materials, as well as the focus on quality non-fiction.
  2.  Library Spaces. Modern libraries want to update their spaces to enable children to better use digital media. According to experts, facilitation of digital media is necessary for libraries to stay relevant.
  3. Connected Learning. Interest-based, peer-to-peer learning creates opportunity for kids to learn outside of the classroom, and enables kids, families, and communities to explore areas of interest.
  4. Technology for Teens. More and more libraries are embracing touch-screen technology and app content, in an effort to engage kids who may not have access to these things.
  5. Integrating Technology and Younger Children. While many libraries have focused on bringing technology to teens, more libraries are seeing the benefit of bringing technology to its younger users. In larger libraries, iPads are mounted securely in picture book areas, giving some young children their first experience with touch-screen technology.
  6. Early literacy. Today’s libraries are investing in early literacy programs, so that young children are armed with the skills they need before they start learning to read.
  7. Advocacy. One of today’s biggest trends is getting the word out about how valuable the library is to kids, their families, and the community. Librarians are focused on finding unique, interesting ways to promote their programs and services.

 

To learn more about Publisher’s Weekly’s conversation with library experts, go here. To learn more about library furniture and how it can support these library trends, visit BCI Libraries.

15 Jun 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Collaborative Learning Spaces and Library Furniture

Posted by Dawn Dugan in News

Types of furniture that promote collaborative learning

 

As functioning community centers designed to promote not only reading and reflection but also collaboration and learning, many of today’s modern libraries incorporate classrooms, lecture rooms, and other collaborative learning spaces. The way these spaces are furnished have an impact on how well they meet their goals.

 

In addition to writing surfaces on walls and a variety of different types and sizes of electronic display surfaces, today’s collaborative learning spaces feature moveable, reconfigurable, and comfortable furniture.

 

This furniture can accommodate groups of many different sizes, and can be arranged to complement individual or group work.  In addition to traditional classroom set-ups, moveable library furniture allows for less traditional configuration.  In addition to being lightweight, library furniture may also be on wheels to enable easy navigation.

 

Desks, chairs, and tables typically support power and charging, so that technology can be used. In many cases, furniture has built-in outlets and ports to ensure that power is right at the user’s fingertips. Mobil carts support laptop use, and can be used as powering stations for laptops when not in use.

 

When designing collaborative learning spaces, it’s important to choose furniture that supports:

 

• Quick access to information

• Interactivity and socialization

• Communications technologies

 

For more information on designing, planning, or furnishing your library’s collaborative learning spaces, visit BCI Libraries.

 

15 May 2014 no comments / READ MORE

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