Building Projects

As a public library trustee, and at both Cornell and Carleton I was involved in various phases of building addition and renovation projects, but most of my experience is in renovations designed to enhance library as a service organization and as an agent in community building.  In 2005 my research leave was to study innovative and historical library design, which took me to 103 libraries in 13 nations, and resulted in thousands of photographs, as small selection of which are included in the site Gallery.  My ideas about the development of library as place were articulated in several articles, including “From the Ashes of Alexandria: What’s Happening in the College Library?” and “Esprit de Place: Maintaining an Designing Library Buildings to Provide Transcendent Spaces”, with Jeffery A. Scherer in American Libraries, 33(4):65-68, April 2002″.

My practice includes working with both librarians and architectural firms as they plan building projects that will enhance library as place and support development and ongoing evolution of dynamic service programs.