Apply the latest trends and research in revitalizing your campus library to better meet your students' needs.
Learn how your institution can revitalize your library to ensure that it remains a vibrant academic hub and learning space on campus for 21st century students. This hands-on event will provide you with an integrated and practical approach to library planning and design. Throughout this event, you will:
Hear how two of our past attendees transformed their libraries!
You will visit the newly renovated Auraria Library. This tri-institution facility is shared by the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University, and the Community College of Denver, and located in the heart of downtown Denver. You will have a chance to tour the facility and have a discussion with a panel of stakeholders responsible for this newly-renovated learning space.
Learn the important considerations for planning, designing, and constructing large-scale digital displays in your library. In this session, you will walk through strategies and techniques to confront resourcing, infrastructure, training, and funding challenges.
Based on past attendee feedback, we strongly encourage you to bring your library planning committee, as well as senior level decisions makers responsible for funding and sourcing. An effective institutional team may consist of the dean or director of libraries, the primary advocate for the library project, and other stakeholders from library, information technology, academic affairs, and facilities management.
To encourage team participation, when you register two people, a third can attend for 50% off!
Contact Grace C. Spivak, Associate Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-988-1233 if you’d like additional information about the program.
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Learning Outcome:After participating in this conference, you will understand key elements of modern academic library design.
During this session, you will learn:
The session will include a review of qualitative methods drawn from anthropology that can be used to study academic work practices and library use.
In his current role, Niraj Chaudhary provides leadership in the development and implementation of technologies that enhance teaching and learning. At Pacific, Niraj is leading the technology planning and budget development for a comprehensive facility renovation of the Stockton campus library. Previously, he served as Head of Information and Educational Technology Services for Auraria Library, which serves University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. At Auraria Library, he provided technology vision and led many successful technology implementations, including the Discovery Wall during its comprehensive facility renovation from 2008 to 2016.
Nancy Fried Foster is a design anthropologist who helps libraries, colleges, universities, and cultural institutions use ethnographic and participatory methods to understand their users and then design spaces, services, and technologies to meet their needs. Dr. Foster served for three years as Senior Anthropologist at Ithaka S+R and for ten years as director of anthropological research for the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. Since 2009, she has worked through the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL) to introduce participatory design and work-practice study to colleges and universities around the world, and from 2007 to 2013 she delivered workshops in the US through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). Dr. Foster is an author with Patricia Steele, et al. of The Living Library: An Intellectual Ecosystem; edited Studying Students: A Second Look; and co-edited with Susan Gibbons Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester.
Cynthia has been an active participant since 2009 in the renovation of the Auraria Library, which serves three institutions of higher education, the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. Throughout the multi-year projects, Cynthia convened essential conversations that ensured robust campus relationships and staff engagement. Reflective of her highly consultative approach, she invited students' research-based design recommendations and advanced campus learning partners' collaborations. Within the library organization, she furthered staff appreciation for repurposing facility spaces and, concurrently, reinventing service models. Cynthia's visionary leadership guaranteed inclusive participation and responsive design. She earlier held positions at the University of Texas at Arlington libraries and earned a MLIS from the University of North Texas.
Lotte is an architect with over 18 years’ experience in designing educational and cultural facilities. With a passion for the design of public buildings that teach and contribute to communities, she has cemented her experience through the complexities of high performance, sustainable buildings. She brings a sensitive approach to buildings that fit place with thoughtful interior design that can answer the changing needs of users. Her diversity of experience ranges from libraries, to zoos and net zero energy buildings. She relishes anticipating challenges and navigating the appropriate solution with the design team and stakeholders alike. Lotte’s recent work includes the SFMOMA Expansion and the Packard Foundation Headquarters. She is currently working on the Library Renovation at University of Pacific in California.
Lotte received her degree in Urban Design and Architecture from The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has studied at both the University of Sydney and UC Berkeley.
Joseph, a library design specialist and founding partner of Studiotrope, has spent the past 18 years working with library clients to bring their buildings into alignment with their missions. He strongly believes we must first understand projects from the user experience perspective before we can start suggesting architectural solutions. Joseph has traveled and studied libraries across the nation and understands that contemporary libraries are in constant flux and must be recognized as very dynamic environments. In fact, Studiotrope was conceived so that Joseph could focus on the ever-changing role of the library in the eyes of its users. This journey has fostered memberships and partnerships with library organizations, including ALA, PLA, and CAL, and led to speaking engagements at local and national conferences.
Joseph was also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado College of Architecture for several years and taught previously at Arizona State University. Joseph has been a registered architect in the state of Colorado since 1996. He has a Master of Architecture from Arizona State University in Tempe, and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he studied two semesters abroad.
Lee has almost 40 years of experience in academic libraries in Alabama, Kentucky and Michigan, with expertise in reorganization, management and programmatic innovation. She became dean at GVSU in 2005, and under her leadership the Grand Valley libraries won the 2012 Association of Academic Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Lee provided the vision around which the new $65 million Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons was designed. The new library, which seeks to re-define the academic library, prototypes a peer consulting service for students needing help with assignments that require research, writing and oral presentation.
From 2008 to 2015, Mary advanced a library facility renovation initiative, working collaboratively with executive leadership, campus constituencies, and master planners. Shared vision produced a $27.8M program plan fully funded in the 2014 State of Colorado legislative session. A concurrent $6M cash contribution commitment exercised moves management fundamentals to secure private donor and local foundation awards. In 2016, Mary relocated to University of the Pacific, a private university in northern California where she serves as University Librarian. Working with campus colleagues, Mary is advancing another academic library redesign and fund development initiative.
Tod Stevens offers insight into trends and strategies for effective planning of modern academic libraries. He has more than twenty years of architectural experience, with a focus on design, and an expertise in library planning. Tod leads Stantec Architecture's library research and benchmarking team and has been very hands-on--conducting both primary and secondary research on libraries, visiting state-of-the-art institutions, speaking nationally, and attending American Library Association (ALA) conferences.
He has attended a variety of Harvard's Graduate School of Design Executive Education programs, focusing on planning and design of libraries. Through these endeavors, Tod is able to approach projects with progressive problem-solving techniques and is able to develop innovative solutions specific to the issues facing today's libraries.
Mark Walters is responsible for the product development and marketing of Steelcase products for secondary and higher education learning environments. Mark uses his diverse background to lead teams in creating product solutions that support improved student engagement wherever learning happens.
Since 2012, Mark has been applying design thinking principles to solve problems specific to library and student commons spaces on campus. Along with the Workspace Futures team at Steelcase, he has spent hundreds of hours observing student behavior in scores of libraries and student commons spaces across the United States. Insights gained from this work have not only informed the development of products like Brody™ and Thread™, but have also influenced the design of effective learning spaces at universities like Grand Valley State. Mark has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
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To reserve your room, please call (303) 295-1234. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.
The rate is $209 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of March 5, 6 and 7, 2017.
Make your reservations prior to February 10, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early. Rooms are subject to hotel availability.
The Grand Hyatt Denver takes pride in providing guests with the best of everything, from great restaurants to modern rooms and skilled service.
The hotel is located approximately 25 miles from Denver International Airport (DEN).
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