Innovative New Products Support Emerging Library Trends
As libraries continue their shift to dynamic community centers, they’re linking residents to information, services, technology and other people within their own community and globally. This has prompted new and exciting emerging library trends, including private and semi-private meeting spaces, media sharing and interactivity.
When working with design professionals, consultants and customers throughout the country, we’re constantly being asked to find innovative furniture solutions that can support these emerging library trends. In this issue of our newsletter, we’re sharing our new finds …
TechnoLink® Media Table by Demco®
Many school, university and public libraries are adding interactive environments to support digital sharing, and new products are emerging to provide affordable, comprehensive furniture and technology solutions. These solutions can link a laptop, or multiple laptops, to a large monitor where groups can collaborate with one another — as well as with those in remote locations.
Demco’s new TechnoLink Media Table was recently installed in the Hawthorne Elementary School in Madison, WI. The unit seamlessly links furniture with technology for a clean, uncluttered look. A variety of options are available to meet different equipment needs, and a range of finishes make it easy to adapt the unit to any environment.
MOTIV™ Series Seating by Bretford®
As libraries seek to provide comfortable learning environments for everyone, they are faced with the fact that comfort is completely subjective. Since there are a variety of learning and working styles, it’s important to offer a combination of social and collaborative spaces, as well as quiet contemplative spaces fitted with a mixture of furniture solutions. Bretford’s MOTIV series seating is available as a modular lounge system or freestanding seating elements. All units are available with integrated power within the seating and accessory units. A variety of modules, including high-back units, create semi-private spaces for individual study or group collaboration. Low-back lounge chairs and modular seating can be grouped with low tables create open, casual landscapes for socializing.
ColorScape® Idea Stations by Demco®
The trend for interactivity goes beyond group collaboration. Finding simple ways for individuals to interact with the latest technology and apps promotes technology literacy. Demco’s ColorScape Idea Stations provide static access to tablets. These stations can be added between sections of shelving, or serve as multifunctional end panels. Idea Stations are available in a variety of heights to accommodate children and adults. A wide array of finishes allows the units to complement just about any space.
Flowscreen by ABF Works
Sometimes semi-private spaces and interactivity can be found in the simplest of solutions. A modular mobile screen, like the Flowscreen from ABF Works, paired with flip-top mobile Kite tables can provide multiple configurations to support groups and individuals. The Flowscreen provides privacy, acoustical foam board for tacking up notes and a magnetic glass writing surface for low-tech collaboration. When not in use, the Flowscreen folds down to a super-narrow profile and can be easily tucked away.
Wow Pod by ABF Works
As telecommuting continues to grow in popularity, and entrepreneurs forgo brick-and-mortar offices for the virtual variety, more and more business people are looking for places to work outside their home. Libraries are striving to meet this need by providing social spaces and programming where business people can collaborate and network with other professionals. In addition, libraries are carving out areas for quiet spaces furnished with the latest audio/video teleconferencing equipment to host in-person or virtual meetings. Striking a balance between private meeting spaces, wide-open spaces and maximum flexibility can be a challenge.
ABF Works has introduced the Wow Pod, a mobile space that can accommodate four people and provide private space in a public area. The pod is equipped with sound insulation, LED lighting and a rooftop fan for ventilation. Each Wow Pod is fitted with locking casters for easy relocation. This private office has four power outlets and three phone/data jacks to support the latest technology.