Due to the destructive conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy this past month, Library Journal made the decision to postpone the Design Institute that was to take place on Friday, November 2nd, at the Warrensville Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio. We are now pleased to announce that we have rescheduled this event for Friday, December 14, 2012, and there is room for new registrants as well as any of the previous registrants to attend this free event.
This one-day educational seminar brings together leading architects, librarians, and vendors to address the challenges and opportunities we face in building anew, renovating, or upgrading existing buildings as we respond to changing user needs. Together we’ll envision the 21st century library as it moves from a warehouse of material to a place that enables content creation for every age and flexible spaces for collaboration, contemplation, and education. We’ll tackle some of the nitty gritty as well, including obtaining funds and managing the budget, reducing energy costs, and incorporating the best environmental practices.
The Design Institute will give you the opportunity to network with vendors and colleagues as well as take part in an architect-led breakout session that deals with real-life design challenges submitted in advance by attendees. Following the breakouts, the participating architects will present their (and librarians’) solutions for the six design challenges. And for those seeking even more inspiration, our hosts will be offering a tour of local libraries on the day before the event.