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Seven Library Trends for Teens and Children

15 06

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.   Common Core. While there is much criticism about Common Core and the way it dictates…

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Collaborative Learning Spaces and Library Furniture

15 05

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…

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The Public Library Evolves

07 05

Public library changes driving furniture choice   Like yesterday’s libraries, today’s public libraries are primarily tasked with providing access to information. But unlike yesterday’s libraries, today’s libraries serve a much wider purpose. In addition to being a place of reading and learning, today’s public libraries…

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Library Circulation Desks

28 04

Five things to consider when choosing a library circulation desk   The library circulation desk serves as the focal point of your library. Because it’s typically located at or near the library entrance, it’s one of the first things that patrons see. It’s also where…

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Furnishing the Hybrid Library

15 04

Furnishing the Hybrid Library   Today’s hybrid library does so much more than store books   The modern library contains not only a mix of printed and digital material, it also promotes learning, collaboration, and socialization. When planning the furnishing of these spaces, designers must…

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Flexible Library Spaces

24 03

Flexible library spaces are key to future planning   As library patrons demand more from their libraries, space needs change. Libraries are no longer simple book warehouses. Today, they serve as technology hubs, community centers, and learning spaces. As the needs of the library patron…

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The Tech-Friendly Library

10 03

Four ways to ensure your library meets today’s technology standards   Today’s libraries are way more than just places to find and read books. State-of-the-art technology enhances the user experience by making it easier than ever for them to connect to resources. This article explores…

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Library Design for Children and Adolescents

26 02

Four tips for designing libraries that are attractive to the younger crowd   Many of today’s modern libraries consider the needs of children and adolescents during the library design phase. What separates those that are successful, from those that are not? This article shares four…

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Library Design: Five Things to Consider

17 02

Basic library design considerations for libraries of all types   While all libraries are not created equal and each will have its own unique needs to consider during the design process, there are some basic matters to contemplate during the planning and design phases. This…

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