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[InetBib] IFLA Satellite Conference Atlanta 2011
Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,
bitte beachten Sie den angefügten Call for Papers für die Satellite
Conference der ILFA Sektionen "Library buildings and equipment" und
Mit den besten Grüßen
THE EFFECT OF TECHNOLOGIES ON LIBRARY DESIGN:
building the 21st century library
10-11 August 2011
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Technology provides a tool for the delivery of library service.
Technology also shapes and limits how service can be delivered. The
effective library building supports changing service patterns, changing
modes of service delivery, and changing technological applications.
The IFLA Standing Committee on Library Buildings and Equipment, with the
support of the IT Standing Committee, offers this satellite workshop in
advance of the 2011 IFLA World Library and Information Congress to
explore the ways technology impacts library service today, and, more
specifically, how our buildings have responded to those changes in
recent projects and how our buildings will have to be designed to
respond to future changes.
Sessions will be organized around the following topics:
*Impact of technology in support of library operations*
New operational patterns such as self-service circulation, automated
materials handling, mobile staff service desks, and automated materials
dispensing kiosks are changing how basic library work routines occur.
* How have service patterns changed in light of these new operations?
* What new requirements are placed on the library building as a result
of these new patterns of operation?
* What further changes in the physical building can we expect as a
result of new operational technologies?
Impact of technology for patron use
Patrons come to the library to use a variety of up-to-date technology.
Today, their expectations often extend beyond information-seeking.
Increasingly, library users want to generate electronic content in
production labs and other similar spaces. In addition, library users are
bringing their own technology into the library. Although devices such as
e-book readers are hardly “new” anymore, the impact of such devices on
library service continues to evolve.
* How have these technologies affected library service patterns?
* What new service patterns (such as media production labs) are starting
* What is the latest thinking about how these patterns will continue to
* How does building design and layout have to change to support these
* What new design strategies and building products are available to
accommodate these new patterns of use?
Shifting user expectations
A new generation of users brings to the library a new set of
expectations for service. “Digital natives” – young people who have had
electronic access to information their entire lives – arguably approach
e-resources differently than older “digital migrants.” At the same time,
as segments of the population grow older, their expectations of what
they want from the library – and their physical capabilities – change.
The library building must respond.
* How do we provide new types of spaces and facilities that enable users
to co-operate face-to-face on site while integrating their electronic
workspace in a collaborative manner – physical spaces
(and often space-intensive ones) where users can work together virtually
and which are conducive to relaxation, communication and debate
* How do “digital natives” differ from “digital migrants” in their
approach to the library?
* How do library service strategies change as a result and what
strategies must be employed in library design?
* How can the library building accommodate those variations?
*Beyond technology *
The availability of electronic access to information prompts some
members in the community to declare the library is obsolete. In fact,
there is abundant evidence that any such declaration is premature. Just
as the library has long been more than just books, today it is about
more than just technology. Still, while they have incorporated
technology into their services, libraries have also expanded into other
areas and services. Some libraries, for example, have become community
gathering places and centers for programs and activities. All of these
changes also affect a library’s building needs.
* What additional service patterns have emerged in libraries, as a
result of or in parallel with the adoption of electronic services?
* What requirements have these additional service patterns imposed on
*A new library for the 21st century*
For the last ten years, we have designed “libraries for the 21st
century,” but all too many of them have looked more like a 20th century
library with a new cover. This session will explore:
* How does a 21st century library building differ from a 20th century
* How does a 21st century library building successfully blend
traditional service with newer patterns of use?
* What design aspects in the building reflect a 21st century library?
Presentation of case studies is encouraged to highlight recently
constructed or remodeled libraries that model traits of what a 21st
century library could be.
The IFLA Standing Committee on Library Buildings and Equipment welcomes
submission of abstracts from prospective presenters regarding each of
these topics. From among the abstracts received 3-5 papers on each topic
will be selected for presentation at the satellite meeting. Papers may
describe recent projects that have successfully emulated the themes
discussed above. Papers may also offer a more speculative viewpoint,
with forecasts of how libraries and their services will evolve to meet
future needs of the community and how library buildings will need to
change as a result.
The abstract should include a brief description (2-3 paragraphs) of
themes to be presented in the full paper. Provide a short summary of the
credentials of the speaker(s), as well as contact information for the
primary presenter (name, institution, address, and email).
Submit program proposals electronically to:
Anders C. Dahlgren
Library Planning Associates, Inc.
Normal, IL 61761 U.S.A.
Abstracts should be received by March 1, 2011. Papers will be selected
for presentation by March 18, 2011. Participants selected for the
satellite meeting will be expected to submit the full text of the
presentation by June 1, 2011. Accompanying PowerPoint files will be
submitted by July 1, 2011 for posting on the web page of the IFLA
Standing Committee on Library Buildings and Equipment for program
registrants in advance of the conference.
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel,
accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No
financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can
be issued to authors.
Dr. Dorothea Sommer
Secretary, IFLA Section Library buildings and Equipment
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt
06098 Halle (Saale)
Tel. 0345/ 55 22 191
Fax 0345/ 55 27 140
Listeninformationen unter http://www.inetbib.de.