Wastawy, Sohair F.
January 2006
IATUL Annual Conference Proceedings;2006, Vol. 16, p26
Conference Proceeding
Embedding libraries in learning and research does not depend on programming alone. The environment where the library user works has become more critical than ever before. The ‘Library As A Place’ is a concept that began with one of the earliest libraries in history, the Library of Alexandria, is now on the rise again and many libraries, public and academic, are reconsidering specific design elements to enhance the learning experience. The concept goes far beyond the simplicity of including a cyber café or emulating the Starbucks approach. The paper presents the different elements in library design, the role of technology as a catalyst in reinventing the library and shows examples of how libraries all over the world have tailored their library's services to the community's individuality.


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