Designing Libraries Conference 2017

Librarians, architects, planners, designers, information technologists, and others will gather to discuss the challenges and achievements of designing libraries and learning centers for the 21st century. Sessions will feature an array of topics including case studies of recent public and academic library projects, new developments in large-scale visualization, programming digital scholarship services and spaces, the role of diversity and accessibility in designing welcoming spaces, creating digital interactive experiences, and using programs and workshops to promote new spaces. We will include examples from renovated libraries as well as new buildings. In-depth tours of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and the D. H. Hill Jr. Library will be offered.

Two optional all-day preconferences will be offered simultaneously on September 17, 2017:

  • At the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, “Stronger Together: Thinking Through the Intersection of Space Design and Organizational Change” will utilize a workshop format to encourage individuals and institutional teams to think through the challenges and opportunities for their organizations while redesigning spaces.  

  • At the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, “Virtual Reality and Makerspaces” will explore spaces that are bringing Virtual Reality together with spaces for making, and provide a discussion of the projects that students and faculty are creating with these new tools.

Optional Preconferences at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and the D. H. Hill Jr. Library

Sunday, September 17: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Conference Opening Reception at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Sunday, September 17: 6:00 pm

Conference at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Monday, September 18: 8:00 am – Tuesday, September 19: 1:00 pm

Optional Tour of new library spaces at Duke University

Tuesday, September 19: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (approximately)


Preconference only - $175

Conference only - $500

Preconference and Conference - $600

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