For librarians, architects, and others, Dewe (information studies, U. of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK) highlights the policies, processes, and design issues and problems involved in successful library refurbishments. The volume contains 16 case studies of university, national, and public libraries mostly in the UK (one is of Sweden) written by their librarians and administrators. They aimed to heighten the profile of the library, modernize the environment, increase use, and refurbish or extend buildings. Each case study details the reasons for refurbishment, the planning and design process, outcomes, problems, and an evaluation of the end product. One chapter presents brief details on other UK and non-UK libraries, including the US, Canada, and Australia. Annotation c2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Michael Dewe had extensive experience at senior level in public libraries and latterly as a University Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales. As well as a long-standing commitment to writing and lecturing about library buildings, he also acted as a consultant both in the UK and abroad. Actively involved with the IFLA Section on Library Buildings and Equipment for a number of years, he was also a member of the judging panel for the Public Library Building Awards scheme from 1995 to 2003.