Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget

150p. ISTE. Oct. 2017. pap. $24.95. ISBN 9781564843913.
Divided into short, accessible sections, this slim volume covers everything from considering the library space to redefining it. Rendina discusses how libraries and librarians are evolving to address student needs and how the theory of active learning can help envision a different type of space. Design theory supports a framework for a new, flexible layout where students can collaborate on presentations, conduct research, create projects, and, yes, read. While most libraries make technology available for student use, the author suggests rethinking the traditional desktop computer stations in favor of more options, including mobile and/or group work stations. She recommends that librarians start by taking inventory and forming a team of advisors. Rendina offers inexpensive solutions, such as weeding the collection and painting the walls, and action steps are included at the end of each chapter. Though this title effectively describes how to reimagine the library space, ultimately it falls short. There are very few examples of redesigned libraries, the black-and-white photographs are fuzzy, and the section on grants relies heavily on crowdfunding sites, with few other options.
VERDICT A useful starting point for those interested in redesigning their libraries. Readers in need of a more detailed guidebook will want to consult Margaret Sullivan's Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners.

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