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Submitted by justin.anders on Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:36am

Librarians, architects, planners, technologists and educators from across North America discuss issues and challenges in designing today's libraries and learning spaces.

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Conference: $450 CDN (approx. $350 US)

Pre-conference: $100 CDN (approx. $80 US)

Conference & Pre-conference: $500 CDN (approx. $390 US)

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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.

Tours of the Taylor Family Digital Library

The Taylor Family Digital 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. It combines a library, art gallery, archives, rare collections, a student success centre, and the latest digital tools for learning and research, all using the most advanced technology available.

Pre-conference at the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

This brand new $40M building on campus, with its innovative teaching and collaborative spaces, will promote educational research, provide students with many new hands-on ways to learn, and offer instructors the opportunity to share and experiment with new approaches to teaching and learning. There are beautiful spaces for students to work together — from pods seemingly floating in space, to a giant amphitheatre full of light.

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.

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 can flourish for both faculty and students.

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. In this 3D animation of the final architectural design, you’ll see exactly what we mean by “landmark” and “inspiring.”

  • Co-Hosts

  • University of Calgary
  • Coalition for Networked Information
  • North Carolina State University Libraries
  • Local Partners

  • Mount Royal University
  • National Music Centre