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Baule, Steven. Facilities Planning for School Library Media & Technology Centers Second Edition. Worthington, Ohio: Linworth Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1586832940. This step-by-step guide offers all the technological and practical information needed to make a functional, enduring, and accommodating library for the future. Includes checklists, forms, and timelines to guide you in your library planning journey.

Erikson, Rolf, and Carolyn Markuson, Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future. Second Edition. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8389-0945-4. Other than the students themselves, nobody will be affected more by a school library building, remodeling or renovation project than the school librarian. Designing a School Library Media Center for the Future will help the librarian anticipate needs and participate in the planning process with the architect, consultant(s), building committee and administrators. As technology is driving many projects, the book outlines how networking issues affect the design of the space. It presents a lay person explanation of interior zone planning, furniture selection and purchasing, lighting, etc.

Hart, Thomas L. The School Library Media Facilities Planner Book and Companion DVD. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006. ISBN 9781555705039. Practical, step-by-step chapters cover facilities as they relate to teaching-learning, the knowledge center, open learning, information literacy, and the new goals for the knowledge society. Detailed guidance is offered for the facilities planning process (for both new and existing) including developing the team, needs assessment, planning documents, spatial relationships, special considerations, and the roles of library consultants and facilities planners.

Loertscher, David; Koechlin, Carol and Zwaan, Sandi. The New Learning Commons: Where Learners Win. Reinventing School Libaries and Computer Labs. Second Edition. Hi Willow Research & Publishing, 2011. ISBN: 9781933170671. Proposes a rethinking of the function and role of school libraries and computer labs in a 21st century school. Include the latest research in education, technology, and library science.

Sullivan, Margaret for AASL. Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts Chicago, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8630-1. This book focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies. The book walks school librarians and administrators through the process of gathering information from students and other stakeholders involved in planning a resource rich learning space. Information includes how to create needs assessment documents that compliment AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Suggestions for adding meaningful aesthetic components and colorful renderings of sample environments are also provided. Available in print, eBook, or bundle with both.

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Chappell, Shirien (2006) Moving Library Collections This is a good article to help teacher-librarians think about the school library design process in another way -- logistically speaking.

Foote, Carolyn. Library design Comprehensive blog that incorporates articles, websites, and social media aspects covering design.

Johnson, Doug. Facilities Planning Wiki Comprehensive wiki where Johnson has collected his resources on facilities. Includes previous blog posts, documents, and more.

Library and Media Center Facilities Design--K-12 Information on the design and planning of K-12 school libraries, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. Note: This site has been archived as of 2012 due to lack of funding, but there are still some valuable, fairly current resources included.

Library Spaces for 21st Century Learners AASL created this Flickr group for librarians to share photos and videos of their facilities.

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