Welcome to Annual Institute on the Library as Place
2013 Institute: Digital Spaces, Library Places: Leveraging Technology
A Libraries 2020 Initiative
hosted by the Ontario Library Association.
July 9 – 10, 2013
Bram and Bluma Appel Salon (directions)
789 Yonge Street
Toronto Reference Library, Toronto, Ontario
Nearby Hotel Information
Are you interested in the intersection of technology and library spaces? Does your library need a make-over or maybe be a redesign? Whether you work in a library, are an architect, a supplier, a municipal planner, a trustee or really interested in library space planning and architecture, this conference is for you!
This year's theme focuses on the creative use of technology to explore emerging library programs such as ‘Maker Spaces,’ building for flexibility, addressing design challenges, developing meaningful spaces for young people, and learning about green technologies.
We will also tour the Toronto Reference Library to illustrate renovation lessons learned – helpful for any library considering a renovation.
Delegates are encouraged to come prepared with questions, and any preliminary plans your organization is working on. Opportunities will be available to network to discuss your project plans with librarians, planners and architects.
One keynote, 10 workshops (in 5 time-slots), exhibit, one social event, two meals (cocktail/appetizer reception, lunch), refreshment breaks throughout. (see schedule below)
Before May 31, 2013 : $275 per person
After May: $310
Registration cut off: July 5, 2013
Note: to accommodate any kind of library serving communities of less than 5,000, we are offering up to four free registrations, which will be determined through a draw. If you would like to apply to be part of this draw, please contact Sandra Dimock at the Education Institute before May 24, 2013 with the name and address of your library and the town that you serve.
The following Annual Institute Sessions have been confirmed! The complete program includes an opening keynote, 10 sessions, an awards cocktail reception, lunch on day 2 and will be available May 1.
Opening Keynote with Craig Edward Dykers
Partner, Director, Architect
Registered Architect: New York
AIA, siv. ark MNAL, NCARB, FRIBA, FRSA, LEED AP
Since 1989, Craig Dykers has established
offices in Norway, Egypt, England, and in the United States. His
interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being is
supported by ongoing observation and development of an innovative design
As one of the Founding Partners of
Snøhetta, Craig has led many of the office’s prominent projects
internationally, including the Alexandria Library in Egypt and the
Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway. He is currently
overseeing Snøhetta’s two New York City projects, both under
construction: the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion at the
World Trade Center and the new Times Square Reconstruction. Craig is
also leading the design of two new projects in San Francisco, the
expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the waterfront
Golden State Warriors Arena. Other recent projects include the James B.
Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University completed this year,
the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Expansion Masterplan in Buffalo, New
York, the Wolfe Center for the Arts at Bowling Green State University,
and the Museum for Environmental Sciences in Guadalajara, Mexico, which
is currently in development. In 2011, Craig and Snøhetta collaborated
with the Guggenheim Museum on immersive installations for their series
Craig’s work has led to numerous
international awards and recognitions including the Mies van der Rohe
European Union Prize for Architecture, the World Architecture Award, and
the Aga Kahn Award for Architecture, among many others.
Published internationally for over 25
years, Craig has most recently been the subject of an exposé in the
January 2013 New Yorker magazine, while the practice has also been
nominated in 2013 by Fast Company Magazine as one of the ten most
innovative architecture companies in the world.
Craig has served as a Diploma Adjudicator at the Architectural
College in Oslo and in recent years has been a Visiting Professor at
Syracuse University, Cornell University, Parsons and Washington
University in St. Louis. He has lectured extensively throughout Europe,
Asia, and the Americas. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute
of British Architects, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and
Manufacturers, a LEED accredited professional, and a member of the
American and Norwegian Institutes of Architects.
Design Challenge Case Study:
A renovation challenge will be presented. Participants will work in small groups to examine the challenges this case presents, collaborate and develop design options and solutions. Solutions will be discussed, followed by a project “reveal”. Presenters and facilitators: Tina Ranieri-D’Ovidio, Principal, mc architects and Anne Bailey, Director, branch Libraries, Toronto Public Library. * A Planning Essentials session *
Technology Transforming Academic Spaces: The Hunt Library.
Kristin Antelman, NCSU Libraries
Inspiration is inherent in what a library should offer its community. We connect people with inspirational thinkers. We bring people together in inspiring spaces. Today’s technology-rich libraries are reenvisioning what a library does and means without losing sight of that core vision. The recently opened James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University is inspiring and empowering students and faculty through spaces and tools that have never been seen before in an academic library. By weaving technology throughout the spaces, as well as embedding it in the core infrastructure, the Hunt Library will be able to deliver on its promise of technology-enabled innovation in learning and research well into the future. In this session, we will “visit” the Hunt Library spaces with faculty and students and, taking our cues from them, will begin to explore what it takes to create a library that can inspire.
From “Temple of Knowledge” to “Place of Desire”: Designing Maker, Creative, Collaborative Spaces for Innisfil Public Library
Presented by: Gerry Shoalts, Principal, Shoalts & Zaback Architects Limited and Susan Downs, Chief Librarian/CEO, Innisfil Public Library
Imagine…a vibrant community kitchen where people come to meet, collaborate, eat, learn, converse, play, perform, work, innovate and have fun. This may not be the traditional metaphor of a public library, but it undoubtedly describes IPL’s innovative Strategic Plan, adopted in February 2012. Within months of embracing the bold vision of sparking ideas to ignite a dynamic, creative community, IPL initiated a pilot Digital Media Lab and incorporated ‘maker culture’ within programs and services in the existing Lakeshore Branch. In addition, they obtained approvals for a branch expansion and engaged Shoalts & Zaback Architects to transform the library space.
The new branch design is now complete. It has been inspired by IPL’s experiences of integrating a hacker ethic within their spaces and programs, consultations with enthusiastic members of the public and staff, a passion for reinventing architectural designs for libraries, as well as visits and discussions with Libraries and Maker Spaces in North America and Europe. See the results and hear the story of their shared quest to define a new paradigm of library design and services.
Considerations and Challenges of Renovations. * A Planning Essentials session * Note: this is a two-part session; delegates can choose both or either.
Toronto Reference Library re:vitalization: Lessons Learned
In 2003, Toronto Public Library embarked on a major capital project to implement a master plan that would achieve a complete re-envisioning and re-programming of the Toronto Reference Library to meet user needs for library service in the 21st century. Hear from the Design and Building Team about the challenges and opportunities of expanding and renovating a large public library in many phases over many years – while budgets, technology, staffing and services are changing as you go. Explore the design challenges of blending traditional spaces for research and study with new technology and edgier, more innovative spaces and uses. Learn about the practical issues of delivering library service in a construction zone.
Considerations and Challenges of Renovations: Tour of the Toronto Reference Library. See firsthand how the project goals of creating exciting physical destination spaces for collaboration, exhibition and public exchange of ideas, creativity, connectivity and transparency have been realized when you tour the nearly finished project with key team members.
Speakers: Ajon Moriyama, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects; Linda Mackenzie, Director, Research & Reference Libraries and Reference Library Managers Catherine AuYeung, Mary Rae Shantz and Paul Trumphour.
If Not for the Library – Makerspaces in Libraries: Creating Access to transformative technologies and opportunities
Presenter: Sue Considine, Executive Director, Fayetteville Free Library, New York.
Makerspaces give people access to tools to create, make and to transform their environment and lives. All types of Libraries are uniquely positioned to create access to technologies and opportunities for their users that they would otherwise not experience, If Not for the Library. Sue Considine, Executive Director of Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) in upstate NY will share the FFL experience developing and evolving their Digital Creation Lab , FabLab and details of their unique making and creating programming. Sue will share how the FFL has challenged assumptions, identified barriers and engaged the community.
The Service Desk in the Digital Age.
Rebecca Raven, Director of Public Service, Hamilton Public Library
Julie Mitchell, Managing Librarian, Chapman Learning Commons, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia
Circulation desks, reference desks, customer service points—regardless of how they are labeled, we know that the physical configuration of our service points affects the way library staff interacts with the customers. “The Service Desk in the Digital Age” explores new approaches to service point design and configuration, particularly how new technologies and evolving conceptions of what “service” is in the digital age are changing how public and academic libraries approach the “in person” service experience. Rebecca Raven of the Hamilton Public Library will explore how the HPL’s recent branch renovation projects have used RFID to transform how staff members connect with users; Julie Mitchell of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia will explore how the library launched a single-service desk within a technology-rich space. Both speakers will highlight strategies for successfully blending service cultures, fostering cross-team communication, and aligning disparate procedures. Join us in a discussion of the successes and challenges of moving away from traditional library service desks and how our new service points provides opportunities for library staff to interact with customers in new and positive ways.
Green Technology: Opportunities and Ideas for Libraries.
What makes a library building a “green” building? Learn about the green initiatives and opportunities that were incorporated into two LEED GOLD certified library buildings and get some tips to make your existing library spaces greener.
Become aware of the importance of designing a “green” library building. Two case studies will be presented: Acton Branch Library and Centennial College Library and Academic Facility.
Acton Branch Library: Geoff Cannon, Deputy Director of the Halton Hills Public Library and Brian Chamberlain and Stephen Blood of Chamberlain Architect Services Limited.
For Centennial College Library: Sydney Browne of Diamond Schmitt Architects and Gladys Watson, Director of Centennial College Libraries.
Schedule for Annual Institute 2013
Final program details will be online by May 1, 2013.
Tuesday July 9:
12:30 – 1:00
Welcome to delegates: check-in
1:00 – 2:15: Opening Plenary (Speaker Craig Edward Dykers)
2:15 – 2:30: break
2:30 – 3:45: Concurrent sessions (2)
3:45 – 4:00: break
4:00 – 5:15: Concurrent sessions (2)
6:00 OLA Architectural Awards Reception and Presentation
Appetizers and drinks, 6 – 6:30
awards presentation 6:30 – 7:15
networking 7:15 – 7:30
Wednesday July 10:
8:15 – 8:45: coffee
8:45 – 10:00: Concurrent sessions (2)
10:00 - 10:15: break
10:15 - 11:30: Concurrent sessions (2)
11:30 – 1:00: Lunch
1:00 – 2:15: concurrent sessions (2)
2:15 – 2:30: break
2:30 – 3:30: summary, closing remarks.
Sponsored by Carr McLean.
Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Jefferson Gilbert for more details.
Link to last year’s 2012 Annual Institute program. A copy of the Program is available to download.
Submissions are now open for the 2013 OLA Library Building Awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual Institute on the Library as Place.