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Reasons to include a library in a school:

1.  we do not know what the future holds, and having a library (even virtual) would 
help to make the different transitions.

2.  The library is a space where multiple students can gather to collaborate on 
assignments and have access to materials that can be differentiated to the need of 
the of students.

3.  It is easier to plan to use the space for different purposes--IF there is a 
space to modify.

4.  Even if the resources are rapidly changing, the library is the place where 
students will seek to find the information--IE: ebooks, databases, online video 

5.  Since the school is community own, what needs does having a library perform to 
the community?  I know that mine is frequently an after hours meeting spot.

6.  What is the law requiring including a library in the building of a new school?

7.  What innovations are needed to change the "classic" concept of a library, but 
to make sure that the use and meeting of needs are still being met?

8.  Question to ask:  Are you sure that you want to be on the cutting edge and not 
include a space for a library when it has been documented that schools that have 
done that in the past have regretted it?  Is this a case of not seeing the trees 
usage of the space) for the forest (the creative view of the architect)?

I am sure that with a bit of looking, you can find many other reasons for including 
the space for a library.  NOW, the question is:  Making the creative person realize 
that there needs to be a practical function for the layout of the space.  NOW
that will take some doing.  Have yet to find an architech that realizes that THERE 
does need to be line of sight for the whole library, AND that being able to create 
many learning environments within the library --QUICKLY.

JaKay Greer
Damascus MS & McCarty MS
Gresham, OR

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