University of Calgary

International speakers gather to celebrate TFDL

UToday HomeMay 4, 2012

The “library of the future” is the theme drawing leading international speakers and participants to campus May 16-18 for a special symposium celebrating the Taylor Family Digital Library.

“Designing Libraries for the 21st Century” will explore the trends and concepts shaping the design and services of libraries, learning centres and specialized library spaces. Speakers will include library and university administrators, architects, designers, technologies and campus planners from some of North America’s leading institutions.

“We are delighted with the international interest in the Taylor Family Digital Library, and we look forward to welcoming our colleagues to campus on May for some great discussions,” says Tom Hickerson, vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources) and university librarian.

Hickerson is co-organizing the event with Joan Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, a leading thinker in designing specialized learning spaces. They have attracted distinguished speakers representing the leading edge and best practices of contemporary library, architectural, technology, and design thinking from Purdue University, Columbia University, Shepley Bulfinch, Kasian, University of Chicago, University of British Columbia and other leading centres and firms.

Chancellor Jim Dinning will be the emcee for the dinner Thursday, May 17, followed by an informal panel discussion entitled, “In Conversation: One Building, Multiple Perspectives.” Joan Lippincott will moderate panelists Tom Hickerson; John Simpson from CANA; Bill Chomik with Kasian; and Bob Ellard, vice-president, Facilities Management and Development as they present the sometimes challenging interactions that go into the development of such a complex facility.

Register for this lively and thought-provoking two-day event. Faculty and staff will receive a special campus price of $75 for the conference.