Libraries are like an open book. An organization's story is constantly being coauthored. We can inquire into the nature of the library, collection and services. We can provide interpretive possiblities in a format we call a library program. Our library science research, going back to the 1970's, analyzes organizational performance and library spaces. This continual story of discovery is part of our success story. Changes never thought possible are suddenly and democratically changing the library and its collection. Our programs are part of its history and our work is part of its future.
When we remember past projects, we remember the hard work and hours of service. We also remember the data gathering, programming and scenario planning required. We remember the images of our clients faces when they receive the news that the project is funded. Our Master Planning brings in new funding and support. It supports the communities’ vision, building momentum for the library of the future. The outcomes from our Master Plans can bring in millions of dollars in funding.Explore Aaron Cohen Associates, LTD
To be leaders in the library design field, from digital information systems to architectural influence. With a proven track record of over 50 years, ACA is a pioneer in the library design industry, creating service programs for some of the biggest, globally recognized libraries and institutions to date.
Customers appreciate our library needs assessment and technology planning methods which were developed as a design-thinking discovery process. Today, it relates to identifying the job to be done and cost efficient options.
We are experienced library programmers and designers. We know that architectural structure and linear service planning can limit creativity. That is why our library programs also focus on a knowledge management strategy, organized around trusted teams, sharing resources and communities of practice.
We have a structure to our design efforts. Design thinking creates a natural flow from research to rollout. Our consultants think globally and apply our knowledge locally. We provide public libraries with comprehensive programming. We work across industries and businesses small to large.
To be successful, your library improvement process must deliver four things: better solutions, lower risks, costs, and library community buy in.
We have acted as liaisons and selected books/digital media, via both approval plans and firm orders. Worked closely with the vendors and acquisitions librarians to process book orders for a new central library. We also analyzed several large gifts to create a library collection for a public library.
We learn by doing things. Our Data Modeling/Ontologist real-world experiments have resulted in success on many levels. Our international corporate intranet projects have given us an opportunity to develop global DAM systems from scratch. This experience is useful when you consider the transformation of your library.
We help our clients imagine things differently. This process includes imagining a future that includes all the best parts of your library. It helps teams build prototypes of the future, which in some cases, makes a big difference to vulnerable populations. Our work helps reduce staff and cusotmer fear of change.
Companies regard metadat prototyping as a process. We know how to create, maintain, analyze, and enhance metadata across the Library’s inventory management and discovery platforms. We can share strategies to troubleshoot access issues. This includes support to diagnose and resolve problems. We know how to manage information in the Library’s Unified Resource Management System.
Immersion into the library user experience provides raw data for deep insights. We help by finding patterns from other libraries, capturing them and building a knowledge base to benchmark improvements. For example, our team will research a library technology problem and solve the issue by reaching out to industry vendors. Our knowledge of the library industry and personnel aids in the discovery process. Consider what happens when you can't get the answer. We can help.
We think globally and operate locally. Our library planning expertise and love for streamlined, superior services extends to all industries and clients alike.
Natural History Museum
New Dubai Library
Global Digital Library
ACA is well-known in the library field for our unique library service-planning and user studies, including our Visual Scan architectural, business and library planning methods. We look at how students do academic work, and how patrons find information and make use of the physical and technological resources within a library; we create a customized approach to each project.
We have built our consulting business on open communication. Our process is not one-sided; we listen, we engage in dialogue with our clients and within our team, and we make sure that every person involved is both aware and satisfied every step of the way. This ability to manage projects in an honest and open manner is a cornerstone of our success.
Our past work has taught us that when we engage with library communities of practice, we gain truly valuable insights. These communities provide details and refinements, and ultimately enhance future services and operations. We recognize our clients’ wisdom, because our most successful clients already understand their “communities.” Together we do our work, developing common strategies for library operations and space improvement(s).