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Facelifts for Special Libraries by Brooke Ballantyne-Scott, Jenny Fry, Dawn Bassett

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Develop a layout

We tried to design a library with an intuitive layout. Readers often don’t have the time or inclination to read leaflets or attend training sessions. The issue [information] desk is at the entrance so anyone entering the library can see where the staff are located. A staff point is available before you swipe into the library for immediate help and to meet and greet with a smile. Reader computers can be seen from the entrance area. Signposting is minimal but effective. – Louise Clarke, Creating a New Social Sciences Library.1

A necessary piece of a renovation or revitalisation project is the ability to understand the amount of space available to you, the elements within the space and how all of these pieces will fit together. ...

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