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parts, monitors, and other equipment. Provide data connections to access outside
computer networks, Internet service, and at least one telephone line for voice
communications in addition to data requirements. Where possible, combine the
information technology administrator's office and the server room, or locate them closely
together. Provide a desk, chair, visitor's chair, file cabinets, shelving, storage space for
carts, and a lockable door. Provide independent climate control for the server room to
maintain appropriate conditions without affecting other areas of the facility.
Provide a separate break room adjacent to the technical services work room if space
allows, or design a designated break area within the work room. Include a sink with
hot/cold water, garbage disposal, soap dispenser, cabinet storage space, towel
dispenser, task lighting over the counter, and counter space with electrical service for a
coffee maker and microwave oven. Provide at least four ground fault circuit interrupter
(GFCI) electrical outlets at counter level. Provide space, electrical, and water service
for a refrigerator with an automatic icemaker. Provide a table with matching chairs for
meals and activities.
Provide separate male and female ADAAG compliant staff restrooms near the work
room. Include a toilet, sink, mirror, room for a trash can, and a lockable door. Include a
urinal and a toilet in the male restroom. If only one uni-sex restroom is possible, provide
both a urinal and a toilet. Provide air fresheners and deodorizing systems. Provide at
least one GFCI electrical outlet.
Activities conducted in the technical services areas include operational library functions,
such as acquisitions, cataloging, receiving, and processing of collection items. These
activities are usually collocated inside a large work room along with storage areas,
supplies, and equipment.
Primary Design Considerations
Locate the technical services areas near the administrative areas for efficient
operations. Include ample storage areas for carts with books and A/V materials.
Workstations and cubicles for technical service operations may be designed in an open
office concept with modular furniture components and partitions separating work areas.
Provide a service entrance and loading area adjacent to the work room to facilitate the
shipping and receiving of materials and equipment. Provide dedicated inter-library loan
(ILL) computer terminals for use by the staff, since most installations have restrictions
regarding the use of computers on the defense switched network (DSN).