ARCHIVED: AALL Programs: Functional Space Planning/Evaluation for Private Law Libraries

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For Law Firm and Corporate Law Libraries

Creating the right amount of well-designed space is an essential part of providing stellar information services.  If you are facing the design of a new space, or the expansion/remodeling of an existing facility, this workshop will prepare you to meet the challenge.  Up-front analysis of services, collections, and  technology are the focus of discussion.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify the full spectrum of issues that they will face in preparation for and implementation of a library redesign, or just the daily need to justify space;
  • Prepare legitimate space needs assessment, by reviewing the many areas of concern prior to planning for the actual space;
  • Identify areas within the library that are ripe for interim adjustment;
  • Identify the various types of shelving, workstations, and specialized library furniture;
  • Recognize the importance of the level of infrastructure needed to support the required electronic dissemination of information;
  • Read a floor plan, review shop drawings, and millwork drawings;
  • Identify "Things to Look For" in construction phases of the library design; and
  • Prioritize requirements for actually relocating into the new space.

Who Should Attend This Program?

Any law firm or corporate law librarian who is involved in a day to day battle for their space, or who is working to make more efficient use of the space they have, or is actively managing or implementing a change in the design of their library.


Charles F. Finnerty is President of Designs for Information (DFI), a space planning and systems consultation firm in Monroe, New York.  As a specialist in consultation, design, and implementation,  Finnerty has worked with a myriad of special libraries and record centers.

If you are interested in scheduling this program, please fill out and submit a scheduling form.


Registration for programs will begin 3 months prior to scheduled dates. On-line registration forms will be available at that time. Please check again later!

This professional development opportunity is brought to you by the American Association of Law Libraries. For additional information, please contact Mary Jawgiel, AALL Education Manager, at 312-939-4764.

AALL recognizes major support from BNA, Inc. for the Professional Development Program.