Lead the Change | Library Design Workshop

Library Design Workshop: Create the Library Your Community or Campus Needs

Starts January 27, 2016 | Live sessions: January 27 & 29, February 3, 10, 17

Library renovations and new design projects can be exciting, and overwhelming. This workshop will connect you to leading design thinkers and librarians to help you untangle complex issues related to your library’s space design projects such as: space programming, fundraising, and finding the right design team. Participants will learn how to craft a robust report that you can deliver to your board, administration, staff, funders, and other stakeholders about creating a future-facing library building for your community-be it in a public or academic setting.

Learn time-saving strategies from leading design thinkers, architects and librarians in live keynote sessions (via webcast) and get personalized feedback on your plans in an online workshop setting from dedicated program facilitators experienced in library design. Discover your priorities, make a plan for board or administration involvement, and untangle complex issues related to your library space design.

In this workshop, you’ll examine:

  • Build new or renovate: Understand the factors behind investing in new building or a renovation
  • Space planning: How to imagine flexible spaces for collections, creation, and community connection.
  • Fund-raising strategies: How to cultivate and earn community investment
  • Find the right design team: How to choose the right professionals to make your library vision a reality.


COST: $225 USD
QUESTIONS? Visit our FAQ page or contact us today!

NOTE: Registration closes February 10, 2016


Session 1: Wednesday, January 27, 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Opening Keynote
1:00-1:45 ET

At his consultancy, brightspot, Elliot Felix helps organizations reinvent their services, redesign their organization, and rethink their spaces to improve the experiences of users and staff. In this keynote session, he’ll explain how he approaches new projects to engage people, plan holistically, and get actionable results. He will do this by walking through the key steps in brightspot’s process, using case studies and examples to show how to design the project team, understand users and staff, explore different future scenarios, create a shared vision, consider budget and operational constraints, and think through spaces, services, and staffing in an integrated way. As a result, participants will gain a sense of how to organize the process, learn about planning tools, and get advice on how to get started.


Elliot Felix
Elliot Felix

Brightspot Strategy


Key Questions to Ask About Redesigning Your Library
1:45-2:30 pm ET

No matter where you are in the library design process, your unique answers should direct the essential questions of the project. Do we need to build anew or should we renovate? What services, programs and key audiences will inform the design of the space? Do we expect our physical collection to grow or shrink over time? How does this project align with our city’s goals and needs? In this session, library leaders who have gone through the process, will outline some tips and processes you can use  to begin to answer these questions. You’ll end the week with a list of priorities to test within your library setting and next steps on how to confirm those priorities.


MaryAnn MavrinacMary Ann Mavrinac
Vice Provost
Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean River Campus Libraries
University of Rochester, NY



Session 2: Friday, January 29, 11:00 am-12:00 pm ET

Building Relationships for Successful Capital Campaigns

This session will explore strategies for how to build relationships with donors, your community, or the public sector to raise the financial resources you will need for your renovation or new building. You’ll learn how how public and private funding are both needed for many construction projects and how to go about planning to achieve the private portion of the funding goal. We’ll explore how to determine what kind of budget is realistic in your funding environment and how to assess recent votes and tax scenarios that may affect your project.


Peter Pearson
Peter Pearson

Library Strategies: A Consulting Group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library


Karen Rose
Karen Rose

Library Strategies: A Consulting Group of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library




Session 3: Wednesday, February 10, 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Process Strategies for Your Library Design Projects

Design projects are always complex, but there are key strategies you can use to both manage them with transparency and truly collaborate with your stakeholders. We’ll examine approaches to setting milestones and driving the planning to encourage ideation. We’ll show how to engage your community in dialogue and brainstorming, how to effectively partner with architects and what to expect from them, how to collaborate with your board, and how to create an integrated planning effort between your architect and general contractor.

A library design can’t be successful without deep involvement from the community it serves. This session will show how to include your community in the design process and include them in communications, how to garner their support for fundraising, and how to manage operations, like temporary services or opening day festivities, to best serve them.


Melanie Huggins
Melanie Huggins

Executive Director
Richland Public Library, SC



Session 4: Wednesday, February 17, 1:00-2:30 pm ET

When Everything Old is New Again: Is Renovation Right for You?
1:00-1:45 pm

We’ll examine the benefits of renovation, versus new construction, as a sometimes more affordable, often greener solution to creating a new library experience. The session will show you how to see your space with new eyes to discover what can be repurposed. We’ll also cover examples of high impact, low budget upgrades you can employ if funding for a full rebuild is years off.


Nancy Allen
Nancy Allen

Dean and Director, Penrose Library
University of Denver, CO


LEEDing and Living: Sustainability’s Role in Your Project
1:45-2:30 pm

Creating a building that is environmentally sustainable from construction to ongoing operations requires clear planning and communications. In this session, we’ll examine what’s involved in building certification programs, like The Living Building Challenge and LEED certification. While also take a look at some of the reasons that green matters — and how you can make a case for it in your community.


Rebekkah Smith
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Coordinator, Library Sustainability, Mid-Hudson Library System, NY
Judge, Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries & 2010 LJ Mover & Shaker




In addition to weekly live keynotes, participants will be placed in small groups led by library design experts to get personalized guidance and feedback on your plans in an online workshop setting.

Emily Puckett
Emily Puckett Rodgers

Space Design and Assessment Librarian, University of Michigan Library
2013 LJ Mover and Shaker


More to be announced soon!



COST: $225 USD
QUESTIONS? Visit our FAQ page or contact us today!

NOTE: Registration closes February 10, 2016

By the end of this workshop, you’ll have:

  • A roadmap outlining the actions you need to create a library space suited to the unique needs of your community and flexible enough to serve the community as it grows and evolves in the future.
  • Inspiring ideas, concepts, and perspectives from leading architects, designers, and librarians working in the field of library design.

Who should take this course?

Librarians and stakeholders from both public and academic libraries who want to develop a plan of action regardless of your planning phase. Whether you’re early dreaming or ready to start building or renovating, you’ll have a tangible plan by the end of the course.



COST: $225 USD
QUESTIONS? Visit our FAQ page or contact us today!

NOTE: Registration closes February 10, 2016


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