January 20, 2022

Report: Library of Virginia Rethinking Its Use of Space in Digital Age

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

When the Library of Virginia moved into its new building in 1997, the digital era was in its infancy. People who needed information usually had to go somewhere to get it.

Then came smartphones, blogs, Twitter and digital access to almost everything. Expectations changed. The building did not.

Now, the library is rethinking its use of space in the digital age, with help from a New York architectural firm hired by the library foundation.


Depending on what the architect recommends, some relatively easy changes could be visible as soon as the end of the year, she said. Recommendations that involve realignment of space or structural elements would require approval of the state’s Department of General Services. The library board and Library of Virginia Foundation board will also be involved in developing a timetable once the scope of the work has been determined. The foundation will raise private funds in conjunction with state funding for the project.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.