According to Mary Francis Cooper Deputy Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, “we had to work around the constraints of a building that was designed to be protective of books”. At some point in our lives, most of us probably know what that feels like. You don’t have to be someone who works in a library to appreciate the exact “dimensions” of that statement. Libraries can seem imposing with their seemingly endless labyrinths of information.  Also, because of the speed of our social media, they can easily appear dated by their design. “Where are the big social areas? Where are the Kindles and Nooks----what do you mean there’s no place for yoga classes?” Back in 2002 the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh realized they needed to embrace the neck-in-neck charges of both the information era and the wonderful world of social interaction. Brian Mathews, author of "Marketing Today's Academic Library" takes if from there....

http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/next-steps/pioneer-evolves

 

Alonzo LaMont


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