Designing libraries to empower communities

Please note: Schedule is subject to change. Speakers are still being confirmed for each session.

Lunch is provided on Monday, Oct. 7. Box lunches will be provided to pre-conference attendees. They will also be available Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the conclusion of the conference.

Program committee: Catherine Murray-Rust, Ameet Doshi, Tom Hickerson, Greg Raschke, and Joan Lippincott.

Pre-Conference Option 1

Tours of Atlanta Area Libraries

Attendees will have the opportunity to experience three significant Atlanta library sites: Emory University’s Rose Manuscripts and Archives Library, Georgia State’s CURVE digitization space, and the Library Service Center of Emory University and Georgia Tech.

Time: Sunday, October 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m. Attendees will meet at Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Pre-Conference Option 2

Using Design Thinking to Make the Case

In a design workshop format lead by architects and librarians, attendees will have the opportunity to work in teams to develop a case statement for a tactical renovation in a library space at different price points. This workshop takes place in Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons on the campus of Georgia Tech.

Time: Sunday, October 6 from noon to 5 p.m. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.

Monday, October 7

Global Learning Center at Georgia Tech

8-8:30: Continental breakfast

8:30-9: Welcome

8:30-9:30: Keynote

  • Eric Klinenberg, New York University

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His most recent book is Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, available now. The book argues that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, churches, synagogues, and parks that help us form crucial, sometimes life-saving connections. These are places where people can gather and linger, strengthening personal ties and promoting interaction across group lines. They are vital parts of what he calls our “social infrastructure,” and they are necessary for rebuilding societies everywhere.

    10-11: The Architects’ Perspective

    Moderator: Patrick Deaton, North Carolina State University

    • Steve McDowell, Director of Design, BNIM
    • Gretchen Holy, Associate Principal, BNIM
    • Colin Koop, Design Partner, SOM

    11-11:45: Re-imagining the National Library

    • Sohair Wastaway,  Qatar National Library

    11:45-12:45: Lunch

      12:45-2: Building Community through Space Transformation

      Moderator: Catherine Murray-Rust, Georgia Tech

      • Ameet Doshi, Georgia Tech
      • Sarah Meilleur, Calgary Public Library
      • Erin Dougherty, High Museum Atlanta  

      2-3: Designing Spaces for Research Partnerships

      Moderator: Tom Hickerson, University of Calgary

      • Hannah Rainey, North Carolina State University
      • Claire Stewart, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      • Tom Hickerson, University of Calgary

      3-3:30: Break

      3:30 - 4:30: Lightning Round

      5-6: Tours of Crosland Tower and Clough Commons.

      6-7:30: Reception

      Tuesday, Oct. 8

      Global Learning Center at Georgia Tech

      8:30-9:45: Emerging Technologies and Partnerships for Teaching and Learning

      Moderator: Charlie Bennett, Georgia Tech

      • Shan Sutton, University of Arizona
      • Greg Raschke, North Carolina State University
      • Kelly Miller, University of Miami

      9:45-10:45 : Using Innovative Ideas and Team Building to Drive Organizational Change

      Moderator: Catherine Murray-Rust, Georgia Tech

      • Mary Ann Mavrinac, University of Rochester
      • Emy Decker, University of Alabama
      • Leonora Crèma, University of British Columbia

      10:45 - 11: Break

      11-11:30: Please don't call me Chuck: Introducing the Charles Library at Temple University

      Moderator: Joan Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information

      • Joe Lucia, Temple University

      11:30-noon: Closing Remarks, Conference Farewell