Visualization and virtual reality, maker spaces and breakthroughs in library design and architecture will be among the topics covered as the University of Calgary hosts the international Designing Libraries conference Sept. 18 to 20, 2016.
This is the fifth annual conference for librarians, architects, planners, designers, technologists and educators. It is co-hosted by the University of Calgary, the Coalition for Networked Information and North Carolina State University.
Registration is now open with a preliminary program available on the Designing Libraries website. Sessions feature presenters from across North America who represent academic and public libraries, architectural firms and education and technology innovators.
In recent years, librarians and planners turned to the University of Calgary and North Carolina State University as models for library innovation. Today, many other institutions and libraries are creating new spaces that reflect the dramatic changes underway in teaching, learning and research.
“The role of academic libraries is complex and continuously evolving and redefining how we support student success while advancing multi-disciplinary research,” says Tom Hickerson, vice-provost (Libraries and Cultural Resources) and university librarian.
“The Designing Libraries conference brings together experts from various disciplines who have a common passion: exploring the combination of architecture, interior design and innovative use of space and technology. Our vision is to create productive and welcoming environments that meet current and future needs of students and researchers.”
New at the 2016 conference are tours and sneak peeks of the latest innovative facilities in Calgary: the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, which opened on campus on April 18, 2016; Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, which opened on July 1, 2016; the Riddell Library and Learning Centre at Mount Royal University, slated to open in 2017; and the Calgary Public Library’s new central library, scheduled for completion in 2018.
The location of Designing Libraries alternates between the University of Calgary and North Carolina State University. It was held twice before in Calgary, in 2012 and 2014. The 2014 conference included more than 200 participants.