Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tour Information

Bozeman Public Library will host a half-day bus tour to nearby branches and other locations on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Tour will start at the Element, 25 East Mendenhall Street, Bozeman, MT.

Start at the Element Hotel – gather at 1:45pm in the lobby.

2:00 pm: Guided tour of the Element
2:45 pm: Board bus outside the Element to Montana State University (MSU) Renne Library
3:00 pm: Arrive at MSU – get off at Cleveland & 7th.

Walk to front entrance of Renne Library to start tour.
Visit remodel of Writing Center in Wilson Hall directly across the street.

4:00 pm: Re-board bus, drive to Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St., Bozeman
4:10 pm: Tour Bozeman Public Library and grounds
5:10 pm: Re-board bus & return to the Element
5:30-7 pm: Reception at the Element hosted by Bozeman Public Library

There will be appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks, and time to meet Bozeman friends.

The Element by Starwood-Westin

This brand new hotel, located in historic downtown Bozeman, opened in October 2015.Element is the eco-conscious brand of Connecticut-based Starwood Hotels, and the Bozeman hotel is the company’s first property in Montana as well as the first LEED-certified hotel in the state.

Starwood sees the environmental focus of the Element as a good fit for this outdoor-loving gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky skiing, fly fishing and countless other outdoor recreation spots. The construction used plenty of sustainable and recycled materials. The five-story Element has 104 rooms; all are extended stay rooms that include a kitchen. There will be no single-use toiletries or bottled waters and it has a Bikes-to-Borrow program for patrons, a fitness center, an indoor-outdoor pool and meeting space that opens into a courtyard.

Renne Library, Montana State University

Tour the recently renovated Renne Library, one of the most utilized buildings on the campus of Montana State University. The library offers research and information resources to students and faculty, as well as Montana citizens and the business community. Conveniently located in the center of campus, the MSU Library has a full range of library collections and services, including over 140 public computer workstations, technology-rich group study rooms, and quiet study areas. The Library holds special collections in the areas of Montana agriculture and ranching, Yellowstone National Park and its ecosystem, Montana history, and trout and salmonid fish. Most recently the Library was proud to be awarded the collection of renowned author Ivan Doig.The tour will also visit the new Writing Center located close by in Wilson Hall.

Bozeman Pubic Library

The vibrant community of Bozeman, with a population around 41,000, chose to approve a $4 million bond referendum for a new library in 1998.14.3 acres of former Milwaukee Railroad property on East Main Street was purchased and after five years of fundraising and planning, a new 53,000 square foot Library opened in November 2006. The Library achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver level certification, the first public building in the state to be certified LEED.This green building includes sustainable strategies that restored the site, conserve water and energy for the long term, and provide a healthy and comfortable environment for patrons and staff.

The park-like setting, connectivity to the community, and constant bustle of this much loved library is in keeping with the town’s character.Bozeman is often quoted on “Top Ten” lists by publications such as Outside and Entrepreneur Magazine, and was recently ranked No. 4 on a list of the 25 best small college towns by

Space is limited and sign up is required here.

Friday, May 6, 2016

8:30-9:30 AM: Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:30-9:45 AM: Welcoming Remarks
Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal
Susan F. Gregory, Director, Bozeman Public Library

9:45-10:45 AM: Expert Panel 1: Trends in Building, Renovating, and Retrofitting—Architects Present New Models and Innovative Solutions


  • Kevin Blalock, Principal, Blalock and Partners
  • Jeff Davis, Principal, Architectural Nexus
  • Dennis Humphries, Principal, Humphries Poli Architects
  • Traci Lesneski, Principal, MSR
  • Mindy Sorg, Associate, OPN Architects

Meredith Schwartz
, Executive Editor, Library Journal

10:45-11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM-12:30 PM: Breakout Sessions Featuring Real-Life Library Design “Challenges”

  • Breakout 1: Spokane Public Library, WA
    Led by Architectural Nexus
  • Breakout 2: ImagineIF Libraries, MT
    Led by Blalock and Partners
  • Breakout 3: For Vancouver Regional Library, WA
    Led by Humphries Poli Architects
  • Breakout 4: Lewis & Clark Library, MT
    Led by MSR
  • Breakout 5: Mid-Columbia Libraries, WA
    Led by OPN Architects

12:45-1:45 PM: Lunch (offsite, 10 minute walk)

2:00-3:00 PM: Panel II: The Insider’s Guide to Budgeting and Controlling Costs, Working with Your Architect—and What Architects Wish You Would Ask But Don’t


  • Kevin Blalock, Principal, Blalock and Partners
  • Bradd Brown, Principal, OPN Architects
  • Jeff Davis, Principal, Architectural Nexus
  • Dennis Humphries, Principal, Humphries Poli Architects
  • Jack Poling, Principal, MSR

Jo Giudice
, Director of Libraries, City of Dallas

3:00-3:15 PM: Break

3:15-4:15 PM: Speed Sessions/Think-Tank: An Opportunity to Interact One-on-One with Architects and Product Vendors

Seize the opportunity to maximize your time at the Design Institute through face-to-face interaction with the experts! Each of our eight sponsors will lead a speed session to dig into your concerns, questions, and dreams on subjects such as architecture, design, furniture and shelving, patron self-service, security, materials management, and touchscreen digital media installations. Participate in up to (four) 15-minute sessions, hear peer perspectives, and gain valuable insight into issues and solutions for your library. Feel free to bring blue prints, layouts, questions, and your imagination!

Architectural Nexus
Blalock and Partners
DEMCO Interiors
Humphries Poli Architects
OPN Architects
Tech Logic

4:15-5:15 PM: Closing Reception/Networking


We highly recommend making dinner reservations while you are in town, as it is Montana State University’s graduation weekend and many families are in town. It will be busy. Click here for restaurant recommendations.


Friday, May 6, 2016

8:30 am – 5:15 pm

Bozeman Public Library
626 E. Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715

Element Bozeman
25 E Mendenhall Street
Bozeman, MT 59718

Please note that our discount rate has sold out. The hotel is also fully booked for Friday night. You may try calling the hotel directly to see if rooms are available for other nights. We also recommend the following hotels:

Hilton Garden Inn Bozeman
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham
Residence Inn by Marriott


Roy Futterman
Advertising Director

Past Design Institutes
Nashville, TN 2015
San Diego, CA 2015
Boston, MA 2014
Salt Lake City, UT 2014