Episode Five of American Libraries Dewey Decibel podcast tackles a topic close to host Phil Morehart’s heart: library architecture and design. As editor of American Libraries Magazine’s annual Library Design Showcase, Morehart was primed and perfectly suited to talk to this episode’s three guests:
- Brian Lee from Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, the chief architect behind Chicago Public Library’s award-winning Chinatown branch. Lee and Morehart discuss the new Chinatown library and why it’s important for a library to integrate itself into and reflect the community it serves.
- Kimberly Bolan, the library consultant behind Kimberly Bolan and Associates and author of Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover, 2nd edition (ALA Editions, 2008). Bolan and Morehart talk about the importance of providing teens with a space in the library that they can call their own.
- Fred Schlipf, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schlipf and Morehart take off the gloves to talk about bad library design and how libraries can prevent it.
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Stay tuned for Episode Six in September, when Morehart talks banned books and censorship with James LaRue, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and more.