Academic Library Buildings in the Electronic Age in the Philippines: A Study of Planning and Design Considerations


Academic library buildings are important centers for the efficient delivery of library services. This study primarily sought to determine the planning and design considerations that led to the satisfaction among the selected academic library buildings completed between 2003 to 2013 in the Philippines. This study, which utilized descriptive method of research, revealed significant similarities on the planning and design of academic library buildings completed in terms of physical structure, technological infrastructure, financial concerns, and information and communication technology to support the present and future needs of the library. The study concluded that the following aspects were found to be relevant in library planning and design : consultation with the university administrators ; adaption of sustainable and green technology into the library design ; and preparation of a good project proposal. It was also found out that the developments in electronic publishing and mobile use of library users did not diminish the value of academic library buildings. This study recommended that library building planning teams should ensure that academic library buildings are equipped with ICT infrastructure to facilitate seamless integration of print and electronic resources in the library. In addition, library managers should study how to create and present a good project proposal so as to get the administrations' full backing and financial support.

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Marlon G. Gado, De La Salle Health Sciences Institute, Philippines

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Conference: LibrAsia2016
Stream: Librarianship - Management, leadership, planning, operation, and monitoring

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