CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) have released a new resource for architects and others planning higher education library spaces. In response to frequent inquiries for information about planning academic library buildings, ACRL and LAMA have partnered to develop a basic framework for architects, planners and librarians embarking on planning and design of academic libraries.
The “ACRL/LAMA Guide for Architects” provides convenient access to standards, guidelines, precedents, user studies, furniture, fixtures, equipment and other pertinent resources. A joint interdivisional committee will maintain the guide and address future issues of mutual concern.
The wiki-based guide is featured as a resource in the American Institute of Architects Community of Practice for Architecture Education at http://www.aia.org/cae_default, as well as on the ACRL Web site at http://wikis.ala.org/acrl/index.php/ACRL/LAMA_Guide_for_Architects.
Contact: Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.
The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association (www.ala.org/lama) is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LAMA is a division of the American Library Association.