I'm interested in Buildings and Spaces

Communities have a strong connection to the library as a physical building and space. But the nature of our work and collections and the needs of our users are changing. Hear how libraries and rethinking buildings and spaces at these sessions.

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Achieve the Library Design You Need. Communicate Effectively with Your Library Building Design Professionals
Saturday 4:00 – 5:00PM
Library building projects are time consuming, expensive and one of the most difficult tasks faced by librarians and library trustees. ‘Getting it right’ is critical. There is a method of gathering information into a useful format that is recognized by architects and leads to a successful building design. This presentation provides an overview for creating your Preliminary Library Building and Architectural Building Program Documents.

Studying and Spirituality: Prayer and Meditation Spaces in Academic Libraries
Saturday 4:00 - 5:00PM
Academic libraries at secular and public institutions are accommodating students' spiritual lives through transformation of library spaces. Former study rooms and other library nooks are re-purposed to provide space for prayer, meditation and other reflective practices that support student well-being and success. Learn about libraries that have created these spaces, how they manage them, and the feedback they received from their campus communities


Transforming Spaces: Promoting Inclusion In and Through Library Interiors
Sunday 9:00 - 10:00AM
Traditional library spaces can create barriers to use and deter visitors in increasingly diverse communities. This series of Ignite Talks (in which speakers work from a limited number of slides that automatically advance) presents some current trends in library interiors that will foster inclusion and diversity and help guarantee that libraries fulfill their promise of being welcoming to all. 

LEED WELL and Living Buildings: Scalable Sustainability and How to Participate at Any Level
Sunday 10:30 - 11:30AM
As Libraries build, renovate and update operations, they are turning their attention to the creation of energy efficient and healthy environments. Benefits of occupant wellness, public perception, energy efficiency and cost savings provide powerful incentives for investment. Rating programs designed to assess the impact of healthy environments and sustainable design strategies are numerous. This program will equip librarians, planners and designers to make informed choices about where to invest and which rating programs will have the greatest positive impact for their Libraries.

Nontraditional Partnerships: Architects and Health Sciences Librarianship Make Good Partners for Community Health
Sunday 10:30 - 11:30AM
Consumer Health Sciences Librarians provide access to resources and networking opportunities for those who assist diverse populations to create a culture of health within their communities. Demands for urban neighborhoods have evolved and require a new model of thinking to the quality of life within a community. The library, as the “community center,” in the design environment is the perfect platform to advocate for the value of libraries, and to ensure that all individuals have access to the information they need to make informed decisions.

Shared Print 101 Program
Sunday 4:00 - 5:00PM
As more libraries are beginning to rethink how they continue to expand their collections with less available space, shared print is becoming a popular option for many libraries. Not limited by size or type of library, shared print allows for a collaborative approach to collection building and storage. This program will focus on basic concepts for shared print, including topics like how to start/join a program, developing a program, running a program and lessons learned from experienced speakers in shared print. 


Library Building Design in Germany: An Overview
Monday 9:00 - 10:00AM
In 2014, ALA signed an MOU establishing collaboration and partnership with BID (Bibliothek & Information Deutschland), the umbrella organization of German library associations, from 2016 through 2019. As we enter the final year of this partnership, we want to feature an important aspect of German libraries - that of library design. Many German library buildings are beautiful, creative and highly used by their target groups. More than two decades after a major shift in the overall approach to library buildings, Germany continues to rebuild older structures and to build remarkable new libraries. This session will highlight the state of library building and design throughout Germany.

Preservation Showdown: Environmental Edition
Monday 1:00 - 2:00PM
The Preservation Showdown, first introduced to the American Library Association as an ALCTS program in 2015, has become a highly-anticipated annual event, shedding light on various aspects of preservation issues or actions through the use of a debate model to highlight their pros and cons. This year’s topic looks at the impact of ideal storage environments on collections and sustainability efforts, debating the resolution: “Preservation environments are not sustainable.” 

Using Predictive Analytics in for Library Programming and Operations
Monday 1:00 – 2:00PM
Rush Rhees Library embarked on an ambitious project to use data science methods and predictive analytics to model and better understand traffic flows through the library. In this presentation we'll discuss how we used our library's access control gates to create a stream traffic data, how we pushed those data into Tensor Flow to develop a predictive model, and how we developed data visualizations in Tableau to help decision-makers across the library gain a better understanding of the building's use.