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Planning for Collections: Balancing Digital Trends, Physical Realities, and Pedagogy

Monday, 29 August 2016

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Digital technologies, changing scholarship habits, spatial constraints, and economic challenges are prompting many institutions to dramatically change how their physical collections (e.g., books, maps, art, biological samples, pottery fragments) are stored, accessed, displayed, and consumed. With the digital revolution, what physical things still are important pedagogically for an academic institution? That is what I explored with Janette Blackburn, principal at Shepley Bulfinch; Paul Guenther, Senior Campus Planner for McGill University, and Anna Gold, Dean of Library Services at Cal Poly, at our SCUP-51 conference presentation in Vancouver.

Leaders of higher education face decisions about ...[more]

Deconstructing storage: creating safe spaces for physical collections

16 June 2015

SLA 2015 - Special Libraries Association annual conference, Boston, MA

Janette Blackburn, AIA, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch

Reimagineering Special Collections

22 June 2006

American Library Association annual conference - New Orleans, LA

Janette Blackburn with North Carolina State University

Duke University’s Rubenstein Library awarded LEED Gold Certification

Thursday, 29 October 2015

LEED 2015 GOLD medallion 150x150Duke University’s Rubenstein Library, which was dedicated in October following a two-year restoration and renovation, has received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council. It is the third Duke library project to be LEED Certified and the University’s seventh LEED Gold Certified building. The project’s most visible sustainable strategy was preserving the library building – one of the oldest academic structures on Duke’s West Campus – and elements of its 1948 and 1968 additions.

Preserving the building while preparing a new home for ...[more]

Integrating the arts successfully into your library

29 June 2015

American Library Assn (ALA) 2015 annual conference, San Francisco CA

Kelly Brubaker, Shepley Bulfinch
Margaret Sullivan, Margaret Sullivan Studio

Woodruff Library dedicated following renovation

Thursday, 26 August 2010

In a celebration today attended by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other dignitaries, the Atlanta University Center (AUC) rededicated the renovated Robert W. Woodruff Library, unveiling its interactive and technology-rich 21st century learning environment.

Shepley Bulfinch’s completion of the first phase of this major renovation included more than 130,000 square feet of the Woodruff Library’s 220,000 square foot facility. The renovation replaced many solid interior walls with glass panels, drawing natural light deep into the space.

The inviting and dynamic main floor, with its media creation and presentation space ...[more]

The Library as Place: Changes in Learning Patterns, Collections, Technology and Use

Sunday, 6 February 2005

The Library as Place

Geoffrey Freeman

Design as Catalyst: Fostering Collaboration and Community in Special Libraries

Sunday, 6 November 2005

Janette Blackburn and Carole Wedge

This article appeared in the November 2005 issue of Information Outlook.

Design as Catalyst: Fostering Collaboration and Commuinity in Special Libraries