Sunday, July 4, 2010

Assignment #8 - Building Libraries

It was very hard to find articles relating to the physical construction of a library. Cited articles about information architecture abound. Digital libraries building principles are very much being analyzed and written about, but physical spaces do not seem to garner as much attention. I had intended to explore physical spaces, but results relating to digital library architecture were much more prevalent. Even articles that were thorough enough, on topic enough and old enough to be considered relevant information were not cited. For instance:

Balanli, A., et. al., University Library Buildings in Turkey: A Survey and a Case Study of Yildiz Technical University Main Library Building. The Journal of Academic Librarianship v. 33 no. 6 (December 2007) p. 714-18

cited: 1 time

Camacho, S. D. Louisville's Shelby Park Branch: The Rise and Fall of a Neighborhood Carnegie Library. Kentucky Libraries v. 71 no. 1 (Winter 2007) p. 20-7

cited: 0 times


Vereen, F. D. Public Library Buildings: The Future. American Libraries v. 36 no. 4 (April 2005) p. 67

was not even found!

Just like this last example, plenty of Library Literature articles were not found in the Citation Index. Another problem in dealing with the results was the inability to filter out article written in different languages.

Because I think a large part of this assignment is to compare the results of searching in academic, highly controlled spaces where the ability to 'tag' requires writing a whole paper to more loosely associative situation with Google Scholar, I chose to eschew the minimum citation requirement in creating my bibliography.

As a last note, I would be happy to be wrong about this. If anyone is able to do a search on this topic and find the articles in ISI, please post a comment with your method.

Shoham, S., et. al., Implications of Monumental Construction for Public Library Services. Libri v. 58 no. 1 (March 2008) p. 34-46 Peer  Reviewed

Thompson, J., et. al., Learning from the Past, Building the Future. Illinois Library Association Reporter v. 23 no. 6 (December 2005) p. 4-12

Lackney, J. A., et. al., Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Public Libraries: Lessons Learned from Three Case Studies. Library Administration & Management v. 19 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 16-25

Harper, P. Building Better Libraries. Public Library Journal v. 20 no. 4 (Winter 2005) p. 4-7

In Queens, a New Service Model Means Renovations. Library Journal (1976) part Library by Design (Fall 2005) p. 44

Porter, T. Suddenly a New Library. OLA Quarterly v. 11 no. 2/3 (Fall 2005) p. 6-7

Martin, E., et. al., Express Makeover. Library Journal (1976) part Library by Design (Fall 2005) p. 1, 4-19

Bennett, C. J. Eugene Public Library: Celebrating 100 Years!. OLA Quarterly v. 11 no. 2/3 (Fall 2005) p. 14-15

Coatney, S. Does the Room Make the Library Program, or Does the Library Program Make the Room?. Teacher Librarian v. 33 no. 1 (October 2005) p. 60 Peer  Reviewed

Kenney, B. After Seattle. Library Journal (1976) v. 130 no. 13 (August 2005) p. 34-7

Forrest, C., et. al., Beyond Classroom Construction and Design: Formulating a Vision for Learning Spaces in Libraries. Reference & User Services Quarterly v. 44 no. 4 (Summer 2005) p. 296-300 Peer  Reviewed

Healey, P. D. Appreciating Architecture. AALL Spectrum v. 9 no. 7 (May 2005) p. 1

Burek Pierce, J. What to Do with Your Old Carnegie. American Libraries v. 36 no. 5 (May 2005) p. 58

Hildreth, S. H. The Library As Place. California State Library Foundation Bulletin no. 82 (2005) p. 16-18

Konradsson, G. A very good investment. Public Library Journal v. 20 no. 1 (Spring 2005) p. 5-7

So Goes the Community [Photographic essay]. American Libraries v. 36 no. 4 (April 2005) p. 32-52

Vereen, F. D. Public Library Buildings: The Future. American Libraries v. 36 no. 4 (April 2005) p. 67

Allmang, N., et. al., Building an Information Commons at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Library: A Case Study. LIBRES v. 15 no. 1 (March 2005) p. 1 E-Journal Full TextPeer  Reviewed

Park, C. S. Harris County Public Library: creating a design paradigm for twenty-first century libraries. The Bottom Line v. 18 no. 4 (2005) p. 167-71 Peer  Reviewed


  1. Interesting dilemma. My hunch is that you might need to look for scholarly articles in journals about architecture in general and hope to find articles specifically about libraries. Secondly, the vast number of articles you found are from more newsy sources or regional kind of journals that would not be indexed by SSCI. So, given that, is there another citation index database that covers these kind of publications?

  2. I searched "Academic Search Complete" database for "Library" and "Architecture" in the title and received 60+ hits, more than a few of which seemed to be more like what you were looking for.