BC: This book was the result of my MAEd final research project.
FC: Design Elements of a Library Media Space: A photographic tour of elements that work Chelsey McNerthney
1: In this book you will find a collection of photographs that were taken during my visits to library media centers. I interviewed a number of different teacher-librarians to discuss elements of a library media center that maximize student interest, use and learning. The following is my interpretation of elements that work. Take a look!!! Chelsey McNerthney
2: Entrances and Exits The entrance and exit should have double doors that allow room for all patrons to get through comfortably.
3: Circulation Desk The circulation desk should be lacted right by the front door so the teacher-librarian can see everyone who comes in and out, as well as those who are working in the library.
4: Library Media Workroom Both of these pictures are taken from workrooms, looking out into the library. | Library workrooms should be attached to the circulation desk near the entrance. These rooms should have windows that allow the techer-librarian to easily see the entire library media center.
5: It's important that the workroom has plenty of counter space and other areas to work. These work rooms allow space for the teacher-librarian and other school staff to prepare for classroom activities. Jobs done in the work room include, but are not limited to, bar coding, copying, sorting, and weeding materials.
6: Architectural Design
7: Students enjoy walls and furniture that are round. This eliminates sharp, pointy corners. | High ceilings allow the library to have a more open feel and let in plenty of light. | This circular cove is referred to by the students as The Red Room. The students enjoy going in here to read beacuse it is different and has a cozy feel.
8: Student Interest | The ultimate goal of the library media center is to encourage and invite students to come in. This space should support the learning that is occuring in the classroom.
9: Inviting Readers The library should have a combination of both direct and indirect lighting. There should be plenty of windows that allow natural lighting to come in. | When designing a library media center that is inviting to readers, consider lighting, color, and comfort.
10: Shelving | Putting wheels on the bottoms of the shelves makes them easy to move around. Primary shelving allows visibility and access for all users. Primary shelving is no taller than 4 feet tall.
11: A display of titles on top of the shelves allows students to see books they might not otherwsie look at. This display allows students to select books by cover art.
12: Technology: An effective library media center would not be complete without up-to-date technology for students and teachers to use.
13: The most effective library media centers are ones with computer labs that are incorporated into the space or provide laptop carts with enough computers for a large number of students.
14: Library Seating This is an arena style seating area for students. It is designed above floor level so students who are not able to climb down into a bowl arena style of seating can still sit with the rest of the students. | Many library media centers have reading areas that allow for some unusual seating. Reading towers are a great way to get students interested in sitting down with a book!
15: There are many different ways to make the library feel comfortable and inviting.