Our Library of the Future Symposium

Since the James B. Hunt Jr. Library opened  in January 2013, we have been delighted to welcome thousands of guests who are interested in seeing Our Library of the Future.  Our visitors have included architects, designers, librarians, technologists, and campus adminstrators.  Everyone is intrigued by the possibilities for research and learning in a facility where technology and tradition are entwined so effortlessly.

Many libraries have requested a more in-depth visit that would allow a deeper exchange with staff who were heavily involved in the planning for this innovative new library.

In response, we created a two-day symposium, designed specifically for libraries that are considering, or embarking on, renovation or building programs.  In addition to tours of both the D. H. Hill Library (renovated in 2007) and James B. Hunt Jr. Library, there are sessions on the architecture and furnishings, new technologies (including large scale visualization spaces, a game lab, and creativity studio), the logistics and service implications of an automated storage and retrieval system for collections (the bookBot), and the service and staffing model planning that was required to open and operate the new library.  The vision and cultural transformation necessary to bring Our Library of the Future to fruition is also discussed.

Upcoming symposiums: 

Symposiums are scheduled quarterly.  You can register here for our next session which is scheduled for January 22 - 23, 2015. Please fill out a separate registration for each participant.

Please contact our Visitor Experience Librarian if you are interested in attending or have additional questions about local transportation or lodging. A room block is available through December 20, 2014.  There is no cost attend the symposium, but space is limited.