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Designing a People-Focused Library: From Shelf Space to Social Space

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Designing a People-Focused Library: From Shelf Space to Social Space
June 7-July 12, 2017
4 speaker sessions over 6 weeks

Live speaker webcasts Wednesdays at 11am ET: June 7, 14, 28 & July 12, 2017

Designing a great library used to start with the books. Now, it starts with users and their needs. Learn what people want from their library and how to translate that into spaces that are flexible enough to adapt to rapidly changing technologies and enable today's learning, creation and community connections.

Craft your roadmap for creating a future-facing building for your public or academic community—aligning your priorities with your community’s perspectives, goals, and aspirations. Learn strategies from leading librarians and design thinkers in live keynote sessions and get personalized feedback on your plans from a dedicated advisor that will provide one-on-one feedback for your plan. You will also participate in online discussion groups, where you can share resources and best practices with peers from across the country.

Identify and build your network of stakeholders who will be integrally involved in the design process, including your board, administration, staff, funders, and more. Expand your influence by learning to build additional buy-in from traditional library supporters around a vision that balances access to collections with actively engaging with that knowledge in new ways.

You will learn:

  • User-centered design strategies to engage your community in the process of envisioning your library space.
  • Space planning techniques to help you imagine flexible spaces for community connection, creation, and engagement, while still housing the right collections--including off-site, shared, electronic, or high-density storage solutions to reclaim space and still maximize access.
  • Build new or renovate: Understand whether your existing space can be reclaimed or augmented to meet new user demand or whether it’s time to invest in a new building
  • Fund-raising strategies: How to approach fundraising as an integral part of community participation in the design process
  • Find the right design team: How to choose the right professionals to make your library vision a reality.

By the end of this course, you will have:

  • A roadmap outlining the actions you need to create a library space suited to the unique needs of your community and flexible enough to serve the community as it grows and evolves in the future.
  • Inspiring ideas, concepts, and perspectives from leading architects, designers, and librarians working in the field of library design.

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