Academic Library Planning and Revitalization Institute

Academic Library Planning and Revitalization Institute

March 25 - 27, 2019 | Seattle, WA

 

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Learn how you can incorporate elements of modern academic library design into your own campus.

Learn how you can revitalize your institution’s library to ensure that it remains a vibrant academic hub and learning space on campus for twenty-first century students. This learn-and-work event will provide attendees with an integrated and practical approach to library planning and design. Throughout this event, you will:

  • Envision what can make your library design most responsive to student needs
  • Analyze the latest in user-centered library design
  • Explore various service-delivery models to co-locate student services
  • Learn processes for working with project stakeholders and promoting campus involvement
Hear how two of our past attendees transformed their libraries!
Site Visit and Panel Discussion: University of Washington Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons

You will experience firsthand the UW library renovation, a space consciously designed in response to current and future needs. UW transformed a 1970s library lacking modern infrastructure into a one-stop, state-of-the-art facility, featuring high tech active learning classrooms, co-located research and writing services, and strategic design that fosters formal and informal learning. The impact from this project has catalyzed new service-delivery models shared with the academic library community nationwide.

You will also have the chance to participate in a panel discussion with the key decision-makers and stakeholders behind the design and implementation of these efforts.

 

Post Conference Workshop: Outreach and Engagement Strategies for Securing Philanthropic Gifts and Legislative Dollars

This workshop session will focus on important strategies for securing philanthropic gifts and legislative dollars. Strategies include:

  • Collecting evidence and stories
  • Forging relationships and alliances
  • Developing messages and your case
  • Identifying strategies and priorities
  • Donor collaterals
  • Legislative requests

You will be provided examples and working time to design an outreach and engagement strategy to support a capital campaign.

 

Bring Your Library Planning Committee

Based on past attendee feedback, we strongly encourage you to bring your library planning committee, as well as senior level decision-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.

Tiered pricing is available for teams - see the registration row below for details!

Testimonials from Past Participants of this Event

“This was an exciting, engaging, and inspiring experience to share and discuss the future of the academic library in a relevant way and using a perfect format!! Loved it!”

Anne M. Wood, Assistant Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Juniata College

“The speakers provide vital information about how and what makes a modern academic library.”

Greg Paveza, Dean of Graduate Studies and the Library, Southern Connecticut State University

“AI made good on its promise and provides a great opportunity for learning.”

John Ernst, Director of the Success Center, Thomas More College

“Solid conference. Useful information. And, I would recommend the experience to others!”

Dr. James A. Wilson, Jr., Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Director of the Honors Program, Prairie View A&M University

“This conference was the complete package: relevant topics, philosophical and practical applications, fantastic speakers, fantastic location. One of the BEST conferences I've ever attended. It is what a conference should be! Full of collaboration, networking, and solutions.”

Megan Lowe, University of Louisiana at Monroe

“The conference brought to light a vision for the future of libraries and where they are headed to add value to the learning experience.”

Steve Petersen, Campus Architect, Harper College

“This conference really helped our institution identify some solid starting points in planning our proposal for an expanded facility. The breadth of material covered, as well as the expert insight and experience, served to bring important considerations and talking points to the forefront. The inclusion of case studies and site visits really enhanced the experience.”

Jeff Campbell, Patron Services Specialist, James Madison University

“I feel like I gained a lot of knowledge that would make me a viable resource at my library.”

Irene Girgente, Multimedia Tech Specialist and Student Supervisor, Longwood University

“Academic Impressions provides valuable exploration of timely and pragmatic challenges to higher education institutions. The combination of impassioned subject matter, experts as presenters, and means of engaging conference attendees was potent.”

Colin Tennent, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management, University of Saskatchewan

“The thoroughness of the conference preparation was impressive and the conference packet was wonderful.”

Kathryn Boone, Learning Commons Operations Manager, Old Dominion University

“This conference was a great start for our college to review its own mission or vision to what a library role may be headed in the future. Great experts and speakers.”

Dale Saenz, Catalog Reference Librarian, Laredo Community College

“Great opportunity to network with other professionals in the field.”

Nicole Willard, Director, Library, University of Central Oklahoma

“This conference was the complete package: relevant topics, philosophical and practical applications, fantastic speakers, fantastic location. One of the BEST conferences I've ever attended. It is what a conference should be! Full of collaboration, networking, and solutions.”

Megan Lowe, Coordinator of Public Services and Associate Professor, University of Louisiana at Monroe

“The conference helped me take an abstract concept (info commons) and turn it into a real and feasible outcome.”

Dina Hornreich, Interim Library Director, Red Rocks Community College

“This institute provided a wealth of information ranging from general to vision-focused. Assessment was always a part of each presentation. Very appropriate use of ethnographic research. There was so much to learn from presenters, and ample to collaborate with other attendees/participants. The mentoring was an excellent opportunity to collaborate with peers from across the globe!”

Janice Peyton, Library Director, Lone Star College Montgomery

“Very effective presentations that gave me tools I can implement immediately in our Library Planning Process.”

Reuben Pinkson, Architect, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

“This is an inspiring, practically helpful, very encouraging event for anyone starting out on a library renovation or new build project.”

Sharon Brown, Director, Wilfrid Laurier University

“Wherever you are in the process of library renovation, this conference will provide the necessary tools for you to design your unique plan and move forward with confidence.”

Sharon Neal, Library Director, Alvernia University

“The presenters were experts and the conference was well thought through. I was provided with the information I needed to get my renovation started.”

Jacquline Neath-Foster, Director of Library Services, Atlantic Union College

“I found the conference by Academic Impressions concise and informative and the open format inviting for questions and problem-solving.”

Les Aho, Physical Plant Manager, Atlantic Union College

“Thank you! This was an excellent and worthwhile conference. It really helped me to see the planning steps that need to be taken for a major library remodel.”

Michele Ukleja, Coordinator of User Services, Harper College

“The AI methodologies of imparting knowledge and experience is a valuable one! My second time coming into contact with your material and I find it to be excellent!”

Racquel Anderson, Const. Technologist, UWI Mona Campus

“The AI conference was great! The staff was helpful, the faculty well-informed and spoke to the issues we're dealing with. I met people who are in the same phase and a little further into the process who helped me think differently about our project.”

Julia Lisuzzo, Manager of Summer Programs, Rochester Institute of Technology

“Having both practitioners and colleagues as presenters and as attendees was an essential, effective blend. I have work to accomplish. I got to learn from those who would work with me and from those like me who have work to do.”

Kathleen List, Director of Library Services, Ringling College of Art and Design

Agenda

Your registration includes access to all sessions below and materials, access to the networking reception on Monday, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, and breakfast on Wednesday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

 

March 25, 2019 | Day One: Vision and Align
12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Registration & Introductions

 


 

Key Elements of the Modern Academic Library

This introductory session will walk you through the key elements of the modern academic library. Much of the conversation will focus on the distinction between “then” versus “now.” An interactive group discussion will provide your institution focus for the remainder of the conference.

 


 

Expert Panel: Envisioning and Realizing a 21 Century Library

Our panel of experts will share their original vision for recently completed new-build and renovated academic libraries.  They will discuss how the vision was derived and how their spaces have met or didn’t meet their original expectations.

 


 

Investigating and Addressing User Needs

The most successful academic library spaces are those that help students, staff, and faculty members do their work well and pursue their academic goals. The alignment of library spaces, services, and technologies with rapidly changing academic work practices requires an ongoing commitment to conducting user research and using those insights in the planning process. During this session, you will:

  • Gain hands-on experience implementing user research techniques to identify and understand user needs and behaviors
  • Learn how to use insights identified to inform space and service design decisions
  • Learn how to prototype design decisions to gain valuable user feedback before investments are made

This session will also include time and structured prompts to help you conceptualize user research you may wish to conduct on your own campus.

 


 

Wrap-Up Day 1 & Networking Reception

 


 

March 26, 2019 | Day Two: Align
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

User Driven Furniture Selection Strategies

Learn best practices and research-based insights for furniture selection strategies. Our experts have published research and findings from hundreds of hours of user observation at libraries across the country; they will share real-world examples of how these ideas can be applied to create learning-centered library spaces within any budget.

 


 

Transforming User Needs Data into Technology Infrastructure

Learn what the latest findings are to support smart investments in technology infrastructure. Through a case study and examples drawn from two institutions, you will learn how to be efficient with your dollars and space when it comes to technology for enhancing student performance.

 


 

Working Session: Exploring Your Technology Needs and Challenges

This session will be an exercise in early thinking on your own technology needs and challenges.  

 


 

Site Visit and Panel Discussion: Odegaard Undergraduate Library at University of Washington

We will visit a major library on the University of Washington Seattle campus. Odegaard serves as one of the largest and busiest learning spaces on the campus, and allows users to meet many needs within its footprint. Highlights include:

  • Co-location of academic and human resources melding form and function and inter-departmental collaboration
  • How they merge the support for both writing and library research
  • High tech active learning classrooms that foster new pedagogies for formal and informal learning
  • Panel discussion to share on the practical aspects and impact of library renovation projects

 


 

March 27, 2019 | Day Three: Actualize
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 

Debrief of Campus Tour

 


 

Campus Visioning and Participatory Design Process

Our experts will walk you through a participatory design process, so you can recruit the appropriate team to facilitate a meaningful session on your campus. You will learn how to:

  • Inform program elements and layout decisions while building campus alliances
  • Take advantage of previously collected data to establish a shared context before the charrette
  • Promote the findings after the charrette
  • Build campus and community relationships and further fund development

 


 

Putting It All Together: Grand Valley State University - Mary Idema Pew Library Case Study

The quality of your results depends on the quality of your planning. Included will be a walk-through of the library building process from top to bottom, focusing on the “Escape the Gravity of the Known” slogan that drove GVSU through their project. This narrative will include the library trends that GVSU incorporated in their project, the means through which they met the needs of their users, and the forward-thinking steps they had to undertake to realize their vision.

 


 

Final Q&A and Wrap-Up

 


 

Post Conference Workshop: Outreach and Engagement Strategies for Securing Philanthropic Gifts and Legislative Dollars
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Your registration for the post-conference workshop includes lunch.

 

Post Conference Workshop: Outreach and Engagement Strategies for Securing Philanthropic Gifts and Legislative Dollars

This workshop session will focus on important strategies for securing philanthropic gifts and legislative dollars. Strategies include:

  • Collecting evidence and stories
  • Forging relationships and alliances
  • Developing messages and your case
  • Identifying strategies and priorities
  • Donor collaterals
  • Legislative requests

You will be provided examples and working time to design an outreach and engagement strategy to support a capital campaign.

March 25 - 27, 2019
Seattle, WA

Conference Hotel Information:

Marriott Seattle Waterfront
2100 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121
206.443.5000

Room Rate: $209
Room Block Dates: nights of March 24, 25 and 26, 2019.
Rate Available Until: March 4, 2019.
Reserve Your Room: Call 206.443.5000 to make your reservations and indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate. Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Speakers

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Niraj Chaudhary

Director of Technology and Digital Initiatives for University Libraries
University of the Pacific

In his current role, Niraj Chaudhary is leading the technology planning and budget development for a comprehensive facility renovation of the Stockton campus library and has experience providing technology vision from leading many successful technology implementations.

Read Niraj's full bio here.

Kristin Meyer

Kristin Meyer

User Experience Librarian
Grand Valley State University

Kristin has conducted post-occupancy assessment and ongoing user research designed to improve user experience within the space and, by extension, the academic experience of students. As a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP) and with over sixteen years of library experience, Kristin has a unique view on how spaces can support learning and community.

Read Kristin's full bio here.

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Lee Van Orsdel

Former Dean of Libraries
Grand Valley State University

Lee has 45 years of leadership experience in academic libraries in Alabama, Kentucky, and Michigan, including reorganization, staff development, leadership, program innovation, and library design. Under her leadership, GVSU libraries won the 2012 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award for universities and the 2014 State Librarian’s Excellence Award.

Read Lee's full bio here.

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Mary M. Somerville

University Librarian
University of the Pacific

Dr. Somerville brings years of fundraising and library renovation experience from two major campus projects including her current position as University Librarian since 2016 for University Libraries at University of the Pacific—one university with campuses in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Stockton, California.

Read Mary's full bio here.

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Mark Walters

Category Product Manager
Steelcase Education Solutions

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.

Read Mark's full bio here.

Main Conference for Higher Ed Attendees

$1,495 through Mar 8$1,595

Learn how you can incorporate elements of modern academic library design into your own campus.

Post-Conference Workshop Only

$395 through Mar 8$495

This workshop session will focus on important strategies for securing philanthropic gifts and legislative dollars.

Main Conference for Corporate Attendees

$1,995 through Mar 8$2,095

If you work for a private company rather than for a higher ed institution, this is the option for you. If you would like to add the post-conference workshop to your registration, click here.

Can't Attend? Buy the Conference Binder
$295

Purchase the conference binder, which includes all presentation slides, worksheets, action plans, and additional resources.

Note: Conference attendees do not need to purchase materials separately.

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Grace Royal
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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