With the amount of information that is now available online, many architectural firms are now finding themselves having to be even more meticulous about what physical catalogues and samples they keep on their shelves. Teaming this alongside effective management of what information their designers and teams need requires accurate planning and management.
If new catalogues are being brought into a library, old ones are being taken out to make way. This constant movement of in-house samples needs careful organisation so as to ensure the office is kept as up to date as possible. Challenges arise when trying to incorporate all of the diverse market sectors into this one space because no matter what space is available, making it accessible and beneficial to everyone requires careful designing.
Getting Rid of Clutter
Thinking about storage options for the various sample types is essential; whether large storage bins are used or heavy-duty drawers. Other things like pegs for displaying Fabric Roof samples or fabric ceilings are innovative ways of providing easy access to much-needed project materials.
Just as storing all of these effectively is important for a company so too is getting rid of anything that’s outdated or irrelevant. Having regular clear outs will help to keep on top of this and old samples and catalogues need not be cast straight into the bin. Instead, they may be a welcome addition to design schools and students undertaking architecture courses.
The resources that are now available at the click of the button for companies such as spatialstructures also means the role of the librarian is evolving. Instead of managing what’s in the in-house library, librarians are now searching for new products and samples while speaking to sellers about new designs coming into the market. They’re also assisting with research by looking into materials that have been recommended for a project.
Another integral role they can play is in managing other firms that their company works with. However, some businesses may find that librarians are no longer a necessity and consultancy firms who have access to various products and resources are more beneficial. Using firms like these means that businesses can forecast their cash flow a little better during busy periods and those slower times of year.
However, many believe that this doesn’t spell the end of resource libraries in architecture firms. Designers will always need to feel, touch and see first-hand the materials they are working with. Online resources can’t do this.