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Queen’s new library “a lightship for scholarship”

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

One of Northern Ireland’s newest landmark buildings – the McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland – was officially opened today by one of the University’s most famous alumni, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney.

Speaking at the event, Dr Heaney lauded the new library, saying, calling it “a lightship for scholarship…” He went on to comment on how the library represents the role of technology in transforming how students learn.

Illuminated by a multi-story open atrium, the 196,000 square foot building accommodates 2,000 reader places and 1.2 million volumes. ...[more]

A 21st century learning commons

26 June 2010

American Library Association annual conference, Washington, DC

Loretta Parham, Director, Robert W Woodruff Library
Gail McClenney, Deputy Director, Robert W Woodruff Library

Strategic themes for 21st century academic libraries

17 June 2010

Oxford University, Oxford, England

Carole Wedge FAIA, LEED AP
Janette Blackburn AIA, LEED AP

Campbell Law celebrated as Raleigh’s “intellectual heart”

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Campbell University’s School of Law’s move into new facilities in downtown Raleigh was celebrated in this month’s issue of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Spectrum.

In “From the Creek to the Capital” Olivia Weeks discusses the aspirations and challenges behind the creation of a space that is “warm, welcoming, functional, and quietly elegant.” Since opening in September 2009, students’ use of the law library has far exceeded expectations.

Since its move to downtown Raleigh, the law school has received the 2010 Downtown Raleigh Alliance Imprint Award and a 2010 Champion Award.

In March, Campbell and North Carolina State announced plans to offer a dual degree in public administration and law beginning ...[more]

Why I like the library

8 April 2010

Libraries & Learning Environments workshop, Boston, MA

Joseph Rondinelli, Senior Associate, Shepley Bulfinch

American Libraries highlights AUC’s Woodruff Library

Monday, 5 April 2010

The renovated Robert W. Woodruff Library at Atlanta University Center was among the projects celebrated in American Libraries magazine’s 2010 Architecture Showcase, published online this month.

A 24-hour area (shown at right), with group learning spaces and an e-café, is separated from the rest of the Library by a series of automated glazed panels that secure the collections when the Library is closed without the use of a security grill. The inviting and dynamic main floor, with its media creation and presentation space and robust digital resources, is visible through the panels, which are ...[more]

Strategic themes in academic and research libraries

29 March 2010

Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) conference, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Carole Wedge, FAIA, LEED AP

Thoughts on “the evolving library”

Friday, 26 March 2010

Janette Blackburn and Joe Rondinelli discuss the changing roles and forms of libraries in the March 2010 issue of Building Design & Construction. In the article, they discuss how, as readers needs change and libraries accommodate more diverse uses, space, flexibility, and acoustical control play increasingly important roles.

The Evolving Library – Building Design & Construction