ALA Unit/Subunit: LLAMA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Library building projects are time consuming, expensive and one of the most difficult tasks faced by librarians and library trustees. ‘Getting it right’ is critical. There is a method of gathering information into a useful format that is recognized by architects and leads to a successful building design.
The Library Building Program Document is the essential document you use to communicate your library's unique requirements to your architect/design professional and the myriad interested people in your community. Effectively and comprehensively describing the functional requirements of your library building will increase the probability that it will serve the needs of both the staff and public.
Our presentation provides you with an overview of the process inherent in creating your Preliminary Library Building and Architectural Building Program Documents.
We offer an overview of this complex and exacting subject, providing librarians a better understanding of what information and data you will need to gather and help you to structure this information for effective communication with architects and designers.
Participants will understand the importance of gathering data about their library based on the outcome of their Strategic Plan and how this information supports a truly useful Preliminary Library Architectural Building Program. With a focus on gathering data through communication and consultation with the library community including users, potential users and staff, we will help you understand how the architect uses the collected data to design a new library or renovate an existing building and how important this data gathering process is throughout your project from preliminary design to construction.
This is a dense presentation. All of our NOTES, in protected PDF format, will be available on-line to participants the week after the presentation.