Thursday, September 14, 2006

Architects and Librarians Unite to Explore Library Planning

The Planning and Design of Public Libraries, a four-day Executive Education program from Harvard University Graduate School of Design will bring architects, librarians, library administrators and trustees together to examine concepts and methods for the planning and design of public libraries.

The program is scheduled on November 6-9, 2006 in Sacramento, CA, and immediately precedes the California Library Conference also in Sacramento.

Program participants will explore the future role of public libraries and how their programming and design is evolving rapidly to meet the changing demands of patrons for library services and technology.

Meeting the needs of a diverse population of users and the demand for new computer technology, electronic media and Internet access has had a significant impact on the function and design of public libraries. As a result, library design must take into account all of the issues that may affect its use in the future.

Today’s public libraries must incorporate flexibility and adaptability for future changes and expansion while addressing the current informational, educational and cultural needs of their communities.

The Planning and Design of Public Libraries will feature lectures, interactive team-based planning and design exercises, and virtual tours. Program participants will also visit several innovative library projects including Sacramento Central Library and the Carmichael Branch Library.

Other topics the program covers include budgets, timelines, and planning essentials, new technology and service models, renovation and addition strategies, and post-occupancy evaluation techniques.

The Planning and Design of Public Libraries will be led by Anthony Tappe, FAIA, who, as principal at Boston-based Tappe and Associates, Architects and Planners, has designed many public and institutional libraries throughout New England and upstate New York and by Hartford, CT-based library consultant Nolan Lushington, former director of the Greenwich Public Library, author of Libraries Designed for Users: A 21st Century Guide (Neal Schuman, 2002), and 2005 recipient of the New England Library Association’s Emerson Greenaway award for distinguished service.

Joining Tappe and Lushington as instructors will be Jeffrey M. Hoover, AIA, principal and library design specialist at Tappe and Associates; and Elisabeth Martin, AIA, architect and library planner, MDA Designgroup, NY, and former director of planning and design for the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY.

The Planning and Design of Public Libraries is registered with the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Continuing Education System.

For more information: Complete program and registration information can be found at

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