Library Construction from a Staff Perspective

Library Construction from a Staff Perspective

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Written from the perspective of staff members who worked in the Williamsburg Regional Library system during four years of multiple construction projects, this fresh and straight-on text covers both new construction and renovation and additions. The results at Williamsburg are exemplary (one patron commented, qThe building is a wedding of books and light, which gives wings to the spiritq). As the Williamsburg staff relates their experiences, the reader is guided through the construction. The book, a collaborative effort of the library's staff, shares directly with the reader the knowledge gained in the process: the reality of costs in choosing priorities, working with architects, contractors, and project managers, patron considerations, and technology upgrades. Also included are ideas for celebratory events, fundraising, and interaction with boards of directors and local government in building a qteam.q Appendices conclude the work with a summary timeline, technology specifications, and useful charts.After several months of negotiations, the library and the post oa€ice came to an agreement, thanks largely to the courtesy and ... One of the most peculiar problems was the refusal by some publishers to consolidate accounts and renewal dates when we ... Most of these problems have been resolved by now, after numerous phone calls and letters. ... As seems common to most building projects, library or otherwise, the HVAC environmental system has been troublesome from the start.

Title:Library Construction from a Staff Perspective
Author:Staff of the Williamsburg Regional Library
Publisher:McFarland - 2001-02-15


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