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Library as Place 2019 – Lightning Talk | Call for Proposals



Annual Institute on the Library as Place
The purpose of the Annual Institute on the Library as Place is to provide a learning opportunity for the library, municipal, design, and architect sectors to learn more about physical space (e.g., characteristics of great future-oriented spaces; advocacy for the library as physical space; effective collaboration with communities, architects, project managers, municipal officials, and builders) and to become equipped to plan and respond quickly to capitalize on opportunities for development and redevelopment for all types of libraries. Participants are from the public, school, special, and academic library sectors, in addition to municipal decision makers, architects and designers. The event hosts approximately 130 delegates each year. While hosted in Ontario, delegates from any province/country are welcomed.

The 2019 Institute will be held in the city of Ottawa July 10-11, 2019. (downtown venue tba).

2019 Theme:
Weaving Stories. Tailoring Spaces: Libraries as Fabric of the Community

Libraries have a role in the cultural fabric of communities and provide a sense of civic pride. Libraries are woven into communities when people are engaged and consulted about design, space requirements and programs that animate the spaces. Libraries of all types support, respond to and reflect community needs. People need to feel that the library is theirs.

The design of the library influences the space which informs a person’s experience and attachment to that space.
Dig deeper and find out about strategies, techniques and opportunities to deliver spaces that belong to all and inspire, welcome and delight!

Mark your calendars for July 2019 when we bring Canada’s largest multi-sector library space planning conference to Ottawa, Ontario.


‘Lightning Talks’ Session

* Each talk will be 5-7 minutes long, in an informal, Pecha Kucha style. Talks should be energetic, fast-paced, and focused: presenters should explore a single idea, project, or initiative in some detail, rather than providing a broad overview or survey.
* Given the fast-paced nature of each talk, supporting slides should be graphic in nature. Powerful, relevant images are encouraged; avoid lists and bullet points.
* Presenters will be asked to provide their final images by June 31st, for amalgamation into one a single, consolidated slide deck.
* Presentations will occur in sequence, with a short opportunity for questions and discussion at the end of the session.

Suggested Topics
Migrant workers
Homeless patrons
Libraries in Indigenous Communities
Follow up from previous years