Our program showcases an exciting mix of keynote speakers, panel session and workshops.  We have invited speakers who are thought leaders, librarians, architects and designers to share their experience and expertise with you. There will also be guided tours of the Capotoline Hill Museums..

Day 1: Wednesday 21 August 2019

8.30    Registration

9.00   Welcome and Introductions – Mimi Calter, Diane Koen, Jan Richards

9.10 – 10.15 – Civic Engagement 

  • Anna-Maria Soininvaara, Director Helsinki Central  Library, Oodi The Library of the Future: robots in the Book heaven
  • Siobhan A Reardon, President & Director, Free Library of Philadelphia 21st Century spaces in 20th Century Buildings

10.15 – 11.00 – Coffee

11.00 – 11.30 – Civic Engagement Continues

  • Kelly Brubaker, Shepley Bullfinch & Jeremy Upton, , Director of Library & University Collections, Information Services, University of Edinburgh The Academic Library as a platform for University and Civic Engagement 

11.30 – 12.45 Round-table

  • The IFLA Public Library of the Year Awards; what makes a winning entry? A conversation with shortlisted libraries and jury members. Projects to be explored include The Library of Birmingham (England),  Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, (Australia), Tampines  Regional Library (Singapore) and Villa-Lobos Park Library (Brazil)

12.45 – 14.00 – Lunch 

1.30 – 12.00 – Italian Perspectives on Library Design  

  • Marco Muscogiuri, Politecnico di Milano Towards new models of public libraries | Verso nuovi modelli di biblioteche pubbliche

12.00 – 12.30 – Italian Speaker # 2 TBC

14.00 – 15.30 – Assessment and Alignment 

  • Colleen Cook, McGill University Library with Martha Kyrillidou
  • Mary Ann Mavrinac, University of Rochester
  • Carolyn Robertson, Christchurch City Council Tūranga, transforming central library services in Christchurch

15.30 – 16.00  – Lightning Talks from Platinum Sponsors

16.10-17.00 – Transit Time

17.00 – 19.00 – Reception Caffè della Arte at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna

Transport will be provided from the conference venue to the reception venue. While you are at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna take the time to view some of the amazing exhibitions.


Day 2: Thursday 22 August 2019

8.30 – 8.50  Registration
8.50  – 9.00 Welcome back and Introductions – Mimi Calter, Diane Koen, Jan Richards

9.00 – 12.00
: Built for Inclusion: Library Design that Welcomes All hosted by Traci Lesneski, Principal MSR Design

Workshop Summary:
Each of us experiences buildings differently, depending on our own cultural, social, economic, and physical circumstances. Religion, gender, age, mental health and the various ways we each rely on our senses also play a role in how we experience the built environment. Yet many buildings are designed to accommodate only a narrow slice of the human population. Awareness of potential barriers when considering the built environment can make the difference between places that support inclusion and ones that do not welcome all users. This interactive workshop creates awareness about
the built environment’s role in inclusion and demonstrates how to leverage the design process and outcomes as powerful tools in the quest for inclusive library buildings. Includes coffee break.

12.00 – 13.15 – Lunch

13.15 – 14.00 – Design and Sustainability 

  • Louise Jones, Chinese University of Hong Kong Green Libraries amid rapid development; what can be done?
  • Klaus Ulrich Werner, Philological Library at the Freie Universität Berlin Design follows function? Wrong question and correct answers

14.00 – 15.00 – Italian Perspectives on Library Design

  • Marco Muscogiuri, Politecnico di Milano Towards new models of public libraries | Verso nuovi modelli di biblioteche pubbliche
  • Anna Raimondi, Studio Feiffer, Historic preservation and adaptive reuse of an industrial archaeological building into the new library at the Department of Architecture: The Pavilion of the ex-slaughterhouse of Testaccio in Rome
  • Riccardo Roselli, King&Roselli, The Pontificial Lateran University Library

15.00 – 15.30   – Close