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Definition - WJ Competency Index
As physical collections shift to increased digital availability, libraries are creatively seizing opportunities to rethink the use of their physical space. Facilities are being modified to reflect and serve the learning, collaboration and creation needs of community members. Library leaders:
- Create a welcoming and user-friendly physical environment that encourages all community members to use library services.
- Plan library spaces that promote community engagement and collaboration.
- Create and maintain a healthy, safe and environmentally responsible environment for library personnel and users
The Competency Index for the Library Field includes Facilities on page 26.
Training Needs Assessment Rankings
Facilities ranked #26 out of 51 self-identified urgent training needs. It ranked #38 out of 60 topics staff would like training in. 56% (44) of respondents indicated they would like training at the Beginner level, 27% (21) would like training at the Intermediate level, and 13% (17) would like training at the Advanced level.
Customer Service Standards
Safety - Provide a safe environment for staff and public, ensuring privacy, confidentiality, and physical well-being.
Courtesy - Treat everyone with kindness and respect.
Knowledge - Be aware of library policies, procedures, and resources.
Efficiency - Provide accurate and timely service with the best use of tangible and intangible resources.
Library Building Programs
Planning & Design for New Libraries or Renovation Projects
Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
Ready for Action
American Libraries - September 1, 2020
As cities undertake climate action plans, libraries emerge as partners.
Subsidized Energy Audits for Libraries
Presentation at the Library Construction & Sustainable Energy Workshop by Keith Goossen from the University of Delaware about subsidized energy audits that are available to public libraries.
Inclusive Restroom Design
The Critical Role of Outdoor Spaces for the 21st Century Library
IFLA Library Buildings & Equipment Section blog
December 15, 2016
Great Outdoor Spaces
Library Journal - September 20, 2017
Green Schoolyards America
Green Schoolyards America seeks to transform asphalt-covered school grounds into park-like green spaces that improve children’s well-being, learning, and play while contributing to the ecological health and resilience of our cities. They are working to change the norm for school ground design, use, and management so that all children will have access to the natural world in the places they already visit on a daily basis. Their programs support the living school ground movement, build relationships that help it succeed, and work to embed this perspective in our existing institutions and policy and regulatory frameworks.
Inside Out: Extending the Library's Outdoor Space Footprint
As they slowly and safely reopen to in-person services, with group indoor programming returning last, outdoor programming spaces can and should be leveraged and improved to expand library services, sustain patron wellbeing, and attract new visitors to the library.
Library Journal - May 10, 2102
Outdoor Spaces at Public Libraries
Presentation to Council on Libraries
Delaware Division of Libraries, September 2020
Play Everywhere Design Challenge Winners
Meet the 19 new and wonderous playspaces coming to Southeast Michigan and Western New York, supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.
By KABOOM! | February 9, 2021
Making Space for Active Learning in Your Library (Webjunction)
A self-paced learning experience to guide your library through the process of rethinking and reconfiguring physical space to make room for active learning and work with your community to create new services and programs. These courses originated with the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project and include: Active Learning & Community Discovery, From Discovery to Design, and Action Planning & Implementation.
Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces (WebJunction)
Information about how to reimagine and reconfigure your library into smart spaces.