Library spaces book

A new book on library spaces and equipment has been recently published (end of 2013) in Italy:
Vivarelli, Maurizio, ed., Lo spazio della biblioteca : Culture e pratiche del progetto tra architettura e biblioteconomia
[i.e., The library space : project cultures and practices between architecture and library science]
Milano : Editrice Bibliografica, 2013.
536 p. ISBN/EAN9788870757484
http://www.editricebibliografica.it/scheda-libro//lo-spazio-della-biblioteca-9788870757484-148188.html

I contributed to this work with an extended chapter (with colour pictures and references, too) on the school library as a space and place, a vital learning commons etc. (p. 299-334), plus a case study (p. 400-403), that are included for the first time ever in this kind of book (school library spaces have been only mentioned in the past). I’m grateful to the editor, Prof. Maurizio Vivarelli, University of Turin, for giving me the opportunity of “speaking aloud” of school libraries in a broader context. I’m also grateful to many colleagues of the IASL list-serv whose books or docs have inspired me (e.g., just to mention a few of them, Susan LaMarca, Rethinking School Libraries; David V. Loertscher and his works on the school library as a learning commons – “a revolution, not an evolution” -, Ontario School Library Association, Together  for  Learning: school libraries and the emergence of the learning commons, etc., plus the school library visits held within conferences and meetings).

Luisa Marquardt
Director Europe for IASL
IFLA SL member
AIB SL Chair

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