Academic Library Planning and Revitalization Institute

Organization: Academic Impressions

Venue: Hotel Monaco Seattle

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 25, 2013 End Date/Time: Mar 27, 2013
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How do changes in learning theory, technology, and use patterns translate into program and design choices when renovating or building academic libraries? Whether your institution is planning a renovation or a new library building, revitalizing the library as a learning space is a complex endeavor, requiring knowledge of library users’ space needs and research-driven design, as well as a commitment to involving multiple stakeholders throughout the campus.

This hands-on event will provide you with an integrated and practical approach to library planning and design. We will:

  • Analyze the latest in library design and learning space theory
  • Investigate the fundamentals of library planning 
  • Explore a variety of student services found in libraries 
  • Uncover processes for working with project stakeholders and promoting campus involvement


This conference will be organized by the five phases of library revitalization: vision and discovery, planning and programming, design, renovation, and operation. The most attention will be paid to the vision, planning, and design portions — perfect for those who are at the beginning stages of their library revitalization.


Library deans and directors, senior associates, and others involved in the library planning process, such as facilities or development administrators, will learn how to approach a library planning project.

Because this institute invites attendees to establish criteria for design decisions, we strongly encourage you to consider sending some or all of your planning committee. If your library planning committee has not been defined, an effective institutional team may consist of the dean or director of libraries, the primary advocate for the library project, and other stakeholders from library, information technology, academic affairs, and facilities management.


Join us on a tour of the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons at Seattle University to see how many of the ideas you’ve learned have been put into practice. Opened in September 2010, the library is a campus intellectual hub that incorporates student academic support services, such as the writing center and math lab, and integrates services, technology, and effective space use.


Creating a Road Map for Future Projects

This interactive, hands-on workshop will equip participants to utilize their libraries by moving forward now, rather than later. Workshop faculty will introduce the notion of master planning as a means to develop an immediate, phased approach that maximizes a library’s efficiency, functionality, and capacity in an economical way, regardless of its size.


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