What you'll learn

  • Understand the impacts of changes in higher education, the library profession, and library spaces.

  • Learn about library programming and planning considerations in the academic context.

  • Learn about the space planning process for academic libraries.

  • Test out different design solutions within an academic library context.

Course description

We will think about and test a range of aspects of space planning for academic libraries, including space design, understanding the library’s relationship with the broader institution, and specific impacts on space design.

The pandemic and other external forces, such as economics, online learning, and changing pedagogy, and new technologies are changing ways in which students learn and each of these impacts how academic libraries are evolving their collecting priorities, the space taken up by collections, and new ways spaces are used in our libraries.

Learning will involve hands-on charrettes in small groups for participants to practice the concepts discussed in case studies and class discussions.

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