Designing Libraries for the 21st Century

5th Annual Conference at the University of Calgary, September 18-20, 2016

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Librarians, architects, technologists and educators discuss issues and challenges in designing libraries and learning spaces

Our conference theme, Innovations with Impact, focuses on emerging technologies for all aspects of modern library design: teaching and learning, research, cultural programming, along with building systems, materials and furniture. We will feature leading practitioners sharing their experiences and insights for both new and renovated library space.

An international panel of speakers will address topics including:

  • Implementing new technologies and spaces for active learning and contemporary research modes
  • Creating spaces for innovation and community engagement

We'll also explore issues such as aligning the library organization with facility transformations, collaborating with other campus units, new staff roles, digital research platforms, and fostering experimentation while ensuring value for our institutions.

Want to know more? View our program for the latest details on speakers and sessions.

Tours of the Taylor Family Digital Library

Tours of the Taylor Family Digital Library

The library’s unique features and resources include technology that encourages experiential learning, exploration and innovative ways of creating new knowledge. The facility is one of the most digitally progressive academic libraries in North America.

TFDL Facts

Pre-conference at Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Pre-conference at Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

This brand new $40M building on campus, provides students with many new hands-on ways to learn, and offer instructors the opportunity to share and experiment.

Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

Tours of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

Tours of Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre

This $190M state-of-art exhibition and interactive public space is in the heart of downtown Calgary.

Studio Bell

Tours of The Riddell Library and Learning Centre

Tours of The Riddell Library and Learning Centre

Scheduled to open in spring 2017, Mount Royal University’s Riddell Library and Learning Centre is nearly 16,000-sq.-m., a four-storey stand-alone LEED gold-certified building that fosters exceptional teaching and learning, and ensures innovative research and scholarship.

Riddell Library and Learning Centre

Presentation of the new Calgary Public Central Library

Presentation of the new Calgary Public Central Library

Scheduled to open in 2018, this brand new $245M, 240,000 square foot building will be a landmark building that exemplifies design excellence and a community space that inspires thought, collaboration and conversation.

New Central Library

Digital Displays for Visualization, Engagement, & Learning

Digital Displays for Visualization, Engagement, & Learning

This is a one-day pre-conference addressing the practical elements of planning and management of digital displays such as visualization walls, public media displays, and information panels in academic and public libraries.

Visualization Studio

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