Offering a range of consultation services in Saskatoon, Brockmeyer Library Consulting strives to meet the requirements of libraries and librarians. With a specialization in library leadership and design consultation, we help increase the efficiency and usability of library resources. We utilize our skills and knowledge to determine the scope and goals of a library project. We then analyze the vital features and provide advice and direction for completing the project. Through these consultation services, Brockmeyer Library Consulting aims to assist in developing the library community.
(Credit: the above floor plan was achitually designed and drafted by Edwards, Edwards, McEwen; and, Robb and Cullman Engineering).
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Contributions of Dr. Brockmeyer to the Library Renovation Project at St. Thomas More
College architects generally do a fantastic job when designing a new building or renovating an existing one. Complimenting that, when it comes to libraries, the design can often benefit from the assistance from librarians, especially those who take an interest in library design. I have done so; I began by studying library buildings in my Masters Degree, and have since then toured many libraries throughout North America and Europe.
From the beginning of the renovation project at the Shannon Library, St. Thomas More College, I met with the architects Edwards, Edwards and McEwan, as well as building managers and construction crews. During that time, I designed and presented my vision of an old world, renaissance library, many of which I had seen in extensive travel throughout Europe. The vision I drew contained barrel vault ceilings, rich earth tones and a copper color consistent with the three sets of copper doors well known at the college that are part of its heritage. I wanted to highlight that heritage and allow it to lend richness to the renovation project.
As well as the copper color from the entry doors, I wanted to retain as much light as possible. I wanted light to flow from the south windows all the way into the existing library. I wanted a seamless symmetry of grandeur which would inspire the students to an esteemed sense of self through which they could become positive forces of agency in the world, thereby improving the human condition. Believing, as Sir Winston Churchill intuited: “We shape our buildings, and thereafter, they shape us.” To achieve this, I considered everything in the overall design, including structure, walls, ceiling, lighting, flooring, shelving, furniture, and many small details. It should be noted that while exciting, this entire project was expedited through in a very short timeframe, and under trying circumstances, so the resulting achievement, for all involved, was significant.
While architects do foundational design and planning, librarians, who know function as well as context for a library, can help in a real and significant way. In this project, I contributed to the following. (Please see the Gallery page for images.)
1. North wall: The appealing and natural curved north exterior wall, with large windows, which otherwise would have been square and flat, and resulted in a square box addition.
2. Barrel vaulted cathedral library ceiling: Which otherwise would have been low and flat, or designed in a low wave.
3. Gothic chandeliers: Which were locally sourced and otherwise would have been small white modern tubes.
4. Bronze colored ceiling in the Reading Room and white in the new build: Which otherwise would have been all white.
5. Lower height book stacks to allow sunlight to transfer from the north side to the south side of the library: Which otherwise would have been tall and blocking all light. The proposed height would have also exceeded Occupational Health and Safety standards at 103, and I brought that down to 93”.
6. Wood finish on the newstacks: Which otherwise would have been grey metal.
7. Periodical shelving on the ends: Which otherwise would have required additional periodical shelving at additional expense.
8. Large doorways without doors to allow for a joining of the two spaces, the old and the new: Which otherwise would have been standard sized small closed doorways.
9. Bookshelves built in the covered-up window wells: Which otherwise would have been plain dry-walled walls which would have wasted valuable book space.
10. A traditional gas fireplace: Which otherwise would have been a mid-wall, bar type, or none at all.
11. Furniture–locally sourced: Which was all on sale, durable, practical and which the students love.