June 26, 2018

UCalgary to host 7th annual international Designing Libraries conference in September

Event focuses on library design, technology, architecture and innovation in learning and research spaces; registration now open

Innovations in library design, architecture and learning and research spaces will be front and centre at the international Designing Libraries conference Sept. 16 to 18, 2018.

Highlights of the conference — now in its seventh year — include a tour of the University of Calgary’s High Density Library and a sneak peek inside the Calgary Public Library’s New Central Library, which officially opens Nov. 1, 2018.

Designing Libraries, co-hosted by the Coalition for Networked Information and North Carolina State University, attracts an audience of librarians, architects, planners, designers, technologists and educators.

Preliminary program information is available on the Designing Libraries website and registration is now open.

“Our goal for Designing Libraries is to guide the creation of productive and welcoming environments that support students and researchers while ensuring that libraries can adapt to future needs,” explains Tom Hickerson, vice-provost (libraries and cultural resources) and university librarian. “The role of academic libraries is complex, always changing and redefining how we support student success and multi-disciplinary research.”

When UCalgary last hosted Designing Libraries in 2016, the conference sold out six weeks in advance and attracted its largest international audience ever. Tours of the Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL) are always in high demand. When the TFDL opened in 2011, it was considered one of the most advanced academic libraries in the world.

“The University of Calgary and North Carolina State University are considered models for library innovation,” says Joan Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information in Washington, D.C. “Today, many institutions and libraries around the world are creating new spaces that reflect the dramatic changes underway in teaching, learning and research.”

The location for Designing Libraries alternates each year between the University of Calgary and North Carolina State University.

“We are proud to be a lead organizer of Designing Libraries and play a key role in bringing together experts from around the world so our colleagues can learn about the latest trends in library planning. This includes workflow design, architecture, interior design and innovative use of space and technology,” says Greg Raschke, interim vice-provost and director of libraries at NCSU.

UCalgary has hosted Designing Libraries three times before, in 2012, 2014 and 2016.