"Emy Nelson Decker and Seth M. Porter have shown us how to design a complete library atmosphere that serves the needs of diverse groups of users and anticipates growth and change in teaching, learning, and technology. They have managed to articulate complex aspects of design in physical spaces, library services, and instruction and present them in a way that is innovative, creative, and easily digestible for library staff, administrators, and instructors. Engaging Design: Creating Libraries for Modern Users is an essential resource for those looking for aesthetic guidance in designing welcoming, usable, multi-modal library facilities and intuitive library services."
"Without overwhelming the reader, Emy Nelson Decker and Seth M. Porter have written an incredibly helpful book on library space design. Its content is refreshing and considers numerous aspects of physical and virtual library space design. Readers will find this book very timely."
"Engaging Design: Creating Libraries for Modern Users is a timely book that discusses key aspects of what the authors term 'engaging design'—employing concepts such as aesthetics and visual literacy to enhance library spaces, programs, instruction, and outreach. The authors present several thought-provoking chapters that demonstrate how to incorporate these elements into daily library practices. The information presented in this book is concise and well organized. It would be an excellent resource for any library professional who desires to incorporate the power and importance of aesthetics, good design, design thinking, and visual literacy into their library program."
"Decker and Porter's book is a must read for interior designers, architects, engineers, construction planners, and librarians who are in the process of or thinking about redesigning library spaces. I have redesigned three libraries in my career, and I wish I had had their book to guide my processes. Their concept of engaging design is easily understood, as it speaks to our ethos in academic libraries of seeking input from others to create a continuous cycle of improvement for spaces, programs, and services. The systematic action plans and points to consider that are distributed throughout the book make you stop and think about how to apply the concepts presented in your own projects. Librarians engaged in public services, instruction, outreach, IT, and systems will benefit from studying this book and applying concepts learned. Library deans and directors should make this book a must read for their staff and campus constituents before embarking on a collaborative project to make the university library more responsive to faculty teaching, research, and student learning in terms of their space needs at the library."
"Engaging Design offers practical tips for transforming your library using design theory to examine spaces, services, instruction, and marketing of libraries to users. It would be perfect for any library thinking about renovations, enhancing instruction, or embedding engaging design in library services."