February 17, 2018

Designing Your Library for Interactivity

SPONSORED BY: HBM Architects, Humphries Poli Architects, MS&R Design, OPN Architects,  Demco Interiors and Library Journal

EVENT DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

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As libraries around the world embrace rapid technological changes, they’re offering services and resources—like maker-spaces and collaborative computing—that would have been flights of fancy just a decade ago. From community forums to hacker-spaces, the way patrons interact with their library and each other is driving new visions of what libraries need to be.

Our panel of expert architects will explore how new design philosophies can help patrons and librarians get the most out of their spaces while blowing the lid off traditional  ideas of what a library is for. We’ll look at model projects that are flexible; respond to advances in technology; offer community space; make smart use of indoor and outdoor space; and have successfully incorporated maker-spaces.


Dan Meehan– AIA, LEED AP, Founding Principal, HBM Architects 

Dan Meehan is a founding principal of HBM Architects; a national architecture firm focused on exploring new ideas to shape and improve libraries. Dan directs the collaborative process HBM uses to help libraries position themselves for the future and has extensive experience with all phases of library planning and design. He also works with libraries to engage the community building consensus and support for library building projects.

Tracy Engel Lesneski  – CID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, MSR Architects 

Principal of the national library design firm MSR, Traci has designed dozens of library interiors across the country. Her belief that smartly-designed buildings improve lives ensures that her library designs are beautiful, functional, and sustainable. Recent examples of her work include the award-winning renovation and expansion of the Ramsey County Roseville Library and dramatic re-imagination of the Madison Central Library. Current work includes the transformation of the Tulsa City-County Central Library. Traci speaks regularly at national library conferences, including a presentation on “Ten Steps to a Better Library Interior” at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

Dennis Humphries – Co-founding Principal, Humphries Poli Architects  

Dennis Humphries, co-founding principal at Humphries Poli Architects, has been practicing architecture for over 35 years designing award winning libraries for over a decade.  Having been principal author for nearly 70 public library projects, he has completed more public library work than any other architect in Colorado. As a leader in the design industry, Dennis has been invited to speak at national and international library design and architecture forums. Dennis presented most recently in Library Journal’s webinar “Reinventing Your Library”, was a keynote speaker at the “Risk and Reward Conference” in Telluride and participated on panel at the 2013 Design Institute in Seattle, speaking on “the Evolution of Library Design”.

Bradd Brown – AIA, LEED AP, Principal, OPN Architects 

As principal of OPN Architects, Bradd’s portfolio reflects a diverse range of project and client types, however he is widely-regarded as a regional expert in the planning and design of libraries and academic spaces. He has created designs for more than 30 libraries, including complex restorations of Carnegie libraries and contemporary new facilities. His work has been recognized with numerous design awards. His most recent project is the future-forward Cedar Rapids Public Library which opened in August of this year. Bradd’s passion for libraries stems from his belief that libraries are the most public of all public buildings and crucial to the health and vitality of a community.


Ian Chant – Associate Editor, Library journal

Ian Chant is the Associate News Editor at Library Journal. Prior to his work here, he was a senior editor at Geekosystem.com and Seattlest.com. His writing has appeared in Popular Science, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, and a variety of other publications.

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