This timely book addresses physical space in university libraries in the digital age. It considers the history of the use of space, integrates case studies from around the world with theoretical perspectives, explores recent developments including new build and refurbishment. With users at the forefront, chapters cover different aspects of learning and research support provision, shared services, and evaluation of space initiatives. Library staff requirements and green issues are outlined. The book also looks to the future, identifying the key strategic issues and trends that will influence and shape future library spaces. The authors are international, senior university library managers and academics who provide a range of views and approaches and experience of individual projects and initiatives.
Graham Matthews is Professor of Information Management, Department of Information Science at Loughborough University, UK. He has authored and edited numerous publications, including 'Disaster Management in Archives, Libraries and Museums', Ashgate, 2009. Dr Graham Walton is Head of Planning and Resources, University Library and Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University, UK. He is editor of the New Review of Academic Librarianship.