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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

MPLCP Construction 2016: The Application

The Workshops

Completing and submitting an MPLCP construction application can be a daunting undertaking. This section of the resource guide is designed to work as a complement to the required Application Workshop given by MBLC staff in October 2016. This guide will help you remember the information given at the workshop.

Spreadsheets

There are five worksheets embedded in the application. Here are links to Excel files with the same worksheets:

Basics

  • An application document was prepared for use by your individual library, and a URL was given to each library at the Application Workshop. If you need another copy of the link to your document, let us know.
  • The document uses fill-in fields and checkboxes that only work with MS Word 2007 or newer. If you need a document that will work with an older version of Word, let us know.
  • Type answers within the gray field boxes. The fields expand as you type within the document.
  • To access worksheets, double click the Excel icons within the application document. Formulas and sums are set up for you. Make sure you save the worksheets and print them for inclusion in the application binders. Additional copies of the worksheets can be downloaded as separate Excel documents here:

Photographs

As part of the application, photographs of the site and the existing building, with captions, are required.

Some things to consider include composition, scale, and quality.

The following tabs illustrate some tips to help you choose good photographs.

Have a focal point and make sure you look at the edges. Sometimes reframing or cropping a photo improves it dramatically.

library image 1

library image 2


What's wrong with this picture?

  • Out of focus
  • Too much ceiling
  • Little bits of objects at bottom edge (including a person's head)

Why is this one better?

  • In focus
  • Better framing
  • Recognizable person shows scale

Giving the viewer a recognizable object helps them understand the size and scope of a picture.

library image 3

library image 2

What's wrong with this picture?

  • Bad lighting
  • No scale or focal point
  • Nothing to orient the viewer

Why is this one better?

  • Better lighting
  • Scale indicated by bookshelf and photographer's foot
  • This photo still needs a caption to explain relevance -- something like "cracks in the floor allow glimpses of the level below"

 

 

Basic things like lighting and focus are critical.

library image 1

library image 2

What's wrong with this picture?

  • Shot into a sunny window
  • Poor sense of scale

Why is this one better? (same room from a different angle)

  • Lit from the side
  • People in the background show scale
  • Doorway provides a focal point

 

 

library image 1

library image 2

What's wrong with this picture?

  • Shot is crooked
  • Bad lighting
  • No scale
  • No focal point

What's wrong with this picture?

  • Shot into the sun
  • Dark foreground
  • No focal point
  • Confusing (what is it illustrating?)

library image 1

library image 2

What's wrong with this picture?

  • Blurry
  • Bad lighting
  • Cluttered/messy
  • What is it illustrating?

What's wrong with this picture?

  • Crooked shot
  • Too much upper wall
  • Glare on picture glass is distracting
  • Cluttered (Demco boxes, crooked lampshades)

library image 1

library image 2

What's wrong with this picture?

  • Poorly framed (look at the edges)
  • Messy
  • Crooked
  • Bright light from window and light fixture at right

What's wrong with this picture?

  • No scale (even with a partial human in the background)
  • Cluttered
  • What is it illustrating?
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