Universal Design, 1st Edition

A Practical Guide to Creating and Re-Creating interiors of Academic Libraries for Teaching, Learning, and Research

Universal Design, 1st Edition,Gail Staines,ISBN9781843346333


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  • Provides practical advice that can be applied immediately
  • Includes brief and to-the-point explanations and information for the time-crunched reader
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Universal Design provides practitioners, graduate students, and other professionals interested in obtaining practical advice on how to effectively create and re-create interiors of academic libraries for teaching, learning, and research. The academic library ‘as place’ continues to evolve around the idea that the existing environment can have multiple uses. Partnerships with other college and university agencies, such as centers for teaching excellence and writing centers have compatible missions with those of academic libraries. Established within the building-proper these facilities will better serve students and faculty. The book fills the need for current information about how to effectively design and re-design academic library spaces to meet the ever-changing needs for today’s and tomorrow’s students, faculty, and researchers.

Gail Staines

Gail M. Staines, MLS, Ph.D., is Assistant Vice President for University Libraries at Saint Louis University, St Louis, Missouri. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Western New York Library Resources Council and was visiting lecturer at University at Buffalo Department of Library and Information Studies. In 2004, the Library Journal recognised her contribution to the library sciences with their ‘Mover & Shaker’ award. Gail is a frequent national and international presenter, author of several articles and co-author of a number of books.

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Saint Louis University, USA

Universal Design, 1st Edition

Why interior design matters; Creating user-centered spaces in academic libraries; Universally-friendly spaces; Universal design of learning spaces; Potential collaborations; Transforming spaces through the use of vignettes; Conclusion.

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"The author’s 25 years of varied library experience is very evident in this publication. She has a strong understanding of academic-library services and design and is very conscious of library users’ evolving needs as well as our changing staffing and workflow requirements. The information in the publication is up to date, explicit and well organised, with ideas presented in a logical and easily accessible manner."--The Australian Library Journal, Vol. 62, No. 4, 2013

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