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.


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“I was looking for creative, out of the box ideas—and I got it!”

“Great session with many good ideas! Felt creative”

The day is filled with thought-provoking ideas on the future of library design that will open the door to a new world of possibilities for your library and community.
DATE Friday, December 14
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Warrensville Heights Branch
4415 Northfield Road
Warrensville Heights, Ohio 44128
9:30-9:45 am WELCOME
9:45-10:45 am PANEL I: Incorporating Community: How do you give a library local flavor?
Strategies for community engagement and ways to inject community character.Moderator: Sari Feldman, Director, Cuyahoga Public Library
Panelists: Tracy Strobel, Deputy Director, Cuyahoga Public Library
Susan Kotarba, Director of Public Service, Denver Public Library
10:45-11:00 am BREAK
12:30-1:30 pm LUNCH
3:30-4:30 pm PANEL II: Focus on Flexibility: What are the specific characteristics of a flexible facility?
We all know we want to build flexible spaces but what are current strategies and ‘must haves’ for a space to be truly flexible?


Cuyahoga County Public Library consistently ranks as one of the nation’s ten busiest and best library systems. Its 28 branches serve 47 communities. Our mission is to be at the center of community life by providing an environment where reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement thrive. For further information, visit www.cuyahogalibrary.org.


Bostwick Design Partnership practices the art of architecture and science of design. We create environments for medical, educational, and civic communities that advance well-being and knowledge. We create designs for libraries that balance respect for the stature of an iconic building type with a comfortable, user-focused environment. This open exchange of ideas is how we design a library that realizes your vision.
Dewberry offers a full range of architectural, engineering and planning solutions. With more than 220 public and academic library projects across the United States, our national organization ensures our team has the qualifications, experience, and responsiveness to deliver the best project for the specific needs of your community.

H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture was founded in 2004 as a successor firm to Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates. Four decades of significant library project experience across the country provides a strong platform for the H3 library programming and design team to develop new and innovative ideas for contemporary library, arts, and cultural institutions.

HBM Architects provides innovative library planning and design services using a collaborative process that speaks to our clients’ vision and the unique character of their community. Our work with libraries reflects attention to detail, sustainable solutions, and forward thinking concepts that embrace the evolution of how we communicate, how we learn, and how we create. HBM is currently providing planning and design services for library projects in Ohio, Kansas, Texas, Virginia, Missouri, Georgia, and Louisiana. Fanning Howey provides thought leadership in the visualization and implementation of library projects through an integrated approach to architectural planning, design and technology. Our collaborative approach to end-user and stakeholder involvement results in a design solution that is indigenous to your community, creatively addresses immediate needs, and establishes a thoughtful framework for the future. MS&R has provided architecture and interior design services for more than 160 libraries across the country. Recently completed projects include McAllen Public Library’s new Main Library, located in an abandoned Wal-Mart store in McAllen, Texas—winner of the 2012 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Best Overall Award.

AGATI designs, engineers and manufactures finely crafted and timeless furniture. Quality pieces and complete collections are tailored to meet the functional, aesthetic and technological needs of libraries and their patrons. Choose AGATI for nationally recognized design, service, quality and performance.

Brodart Contract Furniture offers high quality furniture for library environments of all scopes and sizes. Meticulously crafted for many years of dependable use, Brodart’s furniture can be customized to complement an existing layout or inspire a new setting. Everything from fabrics and finishes to patterns and paints can be personalized. Not sure where to start? The Brodart Contract Library team offers personal consultations and complete layout services to make your vision a reality.

DLI We help to take your vision to reality by combining design services with comprehensive choices in library furniture and shelving. Services include design and layout, project management, and installation. Visit our website www.demcointeriors.com to see examples of our installations and for more information on our services and products.
A wide range of quality products, on time delivery, and an experienced management staff make Jasper Library Furniture a superior choice for your library project. From design and engineering to manufacturing and project completion we do it all. Our custom capabilities, attention to detail and customer service are second to none. Lyngsoe Library Systems is our series of dedicated library products and services. The range of Lyngsoe Library products and services comprise the most comprehensive and proven portfolio for automation of library material handling, including self-service stations and automation solutions with integration to all common library systems and security systems. www.LyngsoeLibrary.com. TMC Furniture is committed to the importance of strong design, lasting quality and exceptional service to our customers. Distinctive and creative furniture solutions for adults, teens and children. Products are made in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tech Logic is the leading provider of barcode and RFID check-in and check-out systems, material return drops, Automated Sorting Technologies (AST) systems, Mobile Self Check-Out, inter-library distribution systems, and patron reserve systems. Tech Logic designs, manufactures, delivers, installs, maintains, and services all of its systems. Tech Logic has also introduced MediaSurfer, a stand-alone kiosk that allows libraries to automatically lend iPads to patrons, allowing them to borrow the latest mobile technology and embrace digital learning! Spacesaver offers innovative ways to efficiently store more in the same amount of space, including novel approaches to expanding library collections storage. Storage solution options can range from complex high-density mobile storage units to simple static shelving. Contact one of our storage experts at 800-492-3434 or www.spacesaver.com.