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The Patron-Driven Library by Dee Ann Allison

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Whither the library?

Abstract:

The architecture of libraries is changing as collections are emphasized less and user engagement becomes more central to library missions. Assessment is providing the information necessary to identify space needs for user activity. New libraries are being built incorporating a philosophy that stresses flexibility, the user experience and environmental sustainability. Libraries are rising from non-library structures, repurposed to house collections and services that mesh with local communities. High-capacity repositories are being used to house lesser-used collections and make room for user spaces. Attention is being given to the needs of those with disabilities, as libraries strive to build friendly environments ...

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