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.We will release details of of program early in 2019.

Day 1: Wednesday 21 August 2019

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
  • 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 

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

Design and Sustainability

  • Klaus Ulrich Werner, Philological Library at the Freie Universität Berlin Design follows function? Wrong question and correct answers
  • Louise Jones, Chinese University of Hong Kong Green Libraries amid rapid development; what can be done?
  • Marco Muscogiuri, Politecnico di Milano Towards new models of public libraries | Verso nuovi modelli di biblioteche pubbliche

Day 2: Thursday 22 August 2019

  • 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), Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall, (Spain), Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, (Australia) andVilla-Lobos Park Library (Brazil)
  • Workshop: 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.
Tours of Capotoline Hill Museums