PRO MEDIA

Engaging Design: Creating Libraries for Modern Users

Decker, Emy Nelson & . Libraries Unlimited: Teacher Ideas. 2018. 180p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781440856129. pap. $70; ebk. ISBN 9781440856136. PRO MEDIA
COPY ISBN
The focus on user experience within libraries has expanded from simplifying access to services to rethinking the design of physical and digital spaces. Decker (NextGen public svcs. manager, Georgia Tech. Lib.; coeditor, Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries) and Porter (Stokes Lib., Woodrow Wilson Sch. of Public and International Affairs, Princeton Univ.) call this "engaging design." They posit that by taking a holistic approach to design, libraries can enhance user experience and encourage lifelong learning. The authors follow a fictional librarian's journey through the renovation of a university library. Decker and Porter define good design and discuss how to incorporate it into interior and exterior spaces, websites, and in-person and online instructional technology and programs. They also emphasize creating spaces and programs that are accessible to people with special needs. However, while this is a good literature review on design principles and pedagogical e-learning, the lack of real-life examples and paucity of illustrations prevent it from being as practical a tool for librarians and administrators as the authors claim.
VERDICT An additional purchase for librarians curious about library design.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.


RELATED 

TOP STORIES

LIBRARY EDUCATION

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

COMMUNITY FORM

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

Kids are using VR to explore worlds and create new ones

Get connected. Join our global community of more than 200,000 librarians and educators.