Dewe (information studies, U. of Wales, Aberystwyth) offers a guide for librarians and architects undertaking a public library building project for the first time. The text reviews the concepts, issues, topics and options about which the librarian must be concerned during the information-gathering phase prior to the actual planning and design process itself. Coverage includes the mission and roles of public libraries, and debates over their demise in the UK; the role of modern cultural buildings; service point provision, size and shape; location; alternatives to new building; sustainability, safety, and security; planning, design, and construction details for the architect's brief; communicating the building's identity and style; and the interior. Though written for British readers, the text may also appeal to an international audience. Annotation c2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Michael Dewe has 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 has 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. Currently he is a team member of the library buildings database project, Designing Libraries (www.designing libraries.org.uk) and has written a booklet on primary school library design.