2014 Annual Institute on Library as Place

Thank you for joining the Annual Institute on the Library as Place 2014: Revitalize Your Library!

Despite fiscal restraints in public funding, there are continuous library projects occurring including new buildings, renovations, retro-fits, and interior design. 
The purpose of the Annual Institute 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.

Held in July each year, each institute has a theme. 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.

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Thursday July 10, 2014

12:30 pm

Welcome to delegates


1:00 pm

Opening Session
Bringing the Public Back into Public Spaces: design strategies for engagement

Mouna Andraos, Founder, Principal, Daily tous les jours

2:30 pm

“We love the library, so don’t screw it up!” – Library master space planning

Kelly Bertand, M.J. D’Elia, Jill Vigers; U Guelph


The Partnership Library Revisited

Lynn Wisniewski, Christine Dalgetty, Judy Hyland; Burlington Public Library

4:00 pm

Books and Mortar: making the overall “fit” sexier

Jim Morgenstern, dmA; Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones Associates


Revitalizing the Campus Library on a Macro and Micro Scale

Kim Reaume, Centennial College, Lola Rudin, Sue Reynolds, University of Toronto Scarborough; Ted Watson, MJMA

5:15 pm  

Reception welcoming attendees and vendors


Friday July 11, 2014

7:45 am

Breakfast provided


8:45 am 

The Loaves and Fishes School Library Transformations:

small budgets can lead to big changes

Caroline Freibauer, Assumption College School ; Lydia Perovic, TDSB


Meet me @theBridge 

Weina Wang, Kelly Dermody, Kelly Kimberley; Ryerson University Library

10:15 am 

Started from the bottom now we’re here: assembling a small public library from start to finish

Bessie Sullivan, Haliburton Public Library; Sandra Dupret, Fleming College; John Louie, Carr-McLean


Library as Tranquil Oasis – includes tour of the newly built Richard Ivey

Building and Business Library, U Western

Elizabeth Marshall, Business Library; Michael McLean, Planning and Design, Western University

11:30 am 

Lunch provided


1:00 pm

On your mark, Get set, Revitalize!                              

Jane Diamanti, Halton Hills PL; Jim Morgenstern, dmA; Kyle Nichols, Chamberlain; Leslie Fitch, Milton PL; Paul Sapounzi, +VG Architects


Integrating Technology in Revitalized Academic Libraries

Sydney Browne, Diamond Schmitt Architects; Valerie Critchley, Alan Steele, Carleton University

2:30 pm 

Closing Session

Spaces and Places: an overview of emerging trends and themes   

Carolyn Doyle, Lisa Manax Skikos; London PL; Alison Hannay, Cornerstone Architecture Inc.

Day 1 – Thursday July 10, 2014

1:00 pm Opening Keynote: Bringing the Public Back into Public Spaces: design strategies for engagement

by Mouna Andraos, Founder, Principal, Daily tous les jours

As the city becomes the natural habitat of more than half of the human population, urban centres around the world are paying more attention to their public spaces once again, recognizing the value of creating places where people can gather, connect and exchange. Referencing the original agora, public spaces can become vehicles for social engagement. And by using design strategies that focus first and foremost on people, we can create experiences that bring communities together and inspire more collective and civic involvement.

About the Speaker

Mouna is co-founder of Montreal based studio Daily tous les jours. For the past four years, Daily tous les jours’ focus has been on creating collective experiences that inspire people to become active participants in the world around them. Their work takes on different shapes, from urban interventions and planning to events, software applications or short films.

Daily tous les jour’s work won numerous international recognitions, including the grand prizes of the Interaction Design Awards (IxDA) and the UNESCO Creative Cities design award for young talents. Mouna and her co-founder Melissa Mongiat were also awarded the 2011 Phyllis Lambert Design Award by the city of Montreal.

Mouna is active in the design and new media communities, giving lectures and workshops in places such as SXSW, Leaders in Software and Arts (LISA) in New York, Tangible Embedded & Embodied Interaction International Conference, the Walker Art Center, Nagoya Design Center or the Banff New Media Institute. She also teaches computational arts and design at Concordia University and UQUAM’s school of design.

Prior to founding Daily tous les jours, Mouna worked under the label Electronic Crafts exploring the intersection of mass-produced electronics and handmade crafts to create playful, sustainable or participatory objects. Her web-based work for Montréal’s interactive agency Bluesponge also won numerous international recognitions, including prizes from Communication Arts, ID magazine, Webby, Best of Show at the SXSW Festival and a CyberLion in Cannes.

Mouna holds a Masters degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and a Bachelors degree from Concordia University. She is also an alumnus of Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York City.


Session 100: “We love the library, so don’t screw it up!” – Library master space planning

by Kelly Bertrand, M.J. D’Elia and Jill Vigers; University of Guelph

The Library Master Space Planning Project (LMSP) at the University of Guelph was a 16 month endeavor that has provided us with a roadmap for the future. It is a compelling case for redevelopment of the McLaughlin Library (built in 1968) and an expansion to meet current and future needs. This consultative process included Library staff working with our Physical Resources team and architects from CannonDesign International to develop a phased approach to renovating the existing structure and building an addition that can be implemented as funding opportunities arise.

About the Speakers

Kelly Bertrand is the Director, Organizational Services for the Office of the CIO at the University of Guelph. In this capacity he is responsible for supporting both the Library and our Central Computing division in the following areas: administration, financial services, human resources, communications, facilities services and evaluation & assessment. For the past 9 years he has let a dedicated team of 23 managers and staff in providing key infrastructure support.
Kelly’s 22 years of professional experience spans the Federal Government, Corporate Canada and the Higher Ed sector and has enabled him to look beyond just detailed design elements and focus on the big picture.

M.J. D’Elia is the Head (Acting) of the Learning and Curriculum Support Team at the University of Guelph. He provides strategic leadership and operational oversight for the Learning Commons. He was one of the co-organizers of the first ever Startup Weekend: Library Edition in Toronto.
In addition to his library role, he also instructs the Entrepreneurship course for the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies. This course features a Dragon’s Den-like business pitch competition at the end of the semester. When time permits M.J. doodles, plays with Lego and runs a small facilitation company that specializes in creative problem solving.

Jill Vigers is Manager of Architectural Services at the University of Guelph.  Her B. Arch, with high distinction, coupled with an A.R.I.D.O. designation and grounded with 12 years of experience in the design of post-secondary buildings allows a very full-rounded vision of elements required for successful projects.
Highlights of her commitment to ongoing education / research are the Academic Library Planning and Revitalization seminar, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and an Active Learning Ecosystem seminar. Downtime is full with chasing 2 young sons, renovating a fixer-upper home, playing hockey and hot yoga.

Session 101: The Partnership Library Revitalized

by Lynn Wisniewski, Christine Dalgetty, Judy Hyland; Burlington Public Library

Halton District School Board and Burlington Public Library have designed a Joint Integrated Library with a unique service model.    This session will explore project highlights from vision to operation including establishing an effective collaboration with multiple partners, features of the physical space, and how these achieve our shared vision.   Hear how we are “living the model” to provide flexible space, technology and cohesive customer service to students and the public.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Create a shared vision that includes recognition of common goals and different roles

  • Establish an effective process that values and draws on the collaboration of multiple partners

  • Understand the issues that come with the planning, design, and implementation of a Joint Integrated Library

  • Recognize the opportunities and synergies of a truly integrated facility

About the Speakers
Lynn Wisniewski is the Manager of Instructional Media in Library Services at the Halton District School Board.  Lynn has worked in the school library sector for 20 years.  Amidst her varied responsibilities, Lynn has partnered with architects, general contractors, facility services staff, teacher-librarians and public library staff in the construction and opening of many school libraries.
Christine Dalgetty was destined to be a librarian when she created her own circulating library of Nancy Drew books at the age of 8. In her 20+ years at Burlington Public Library she has had various roles including developing the youth services portfolio of BPL teen services, spaces and collections, Instructor for Library Techniques Program, Mohawk College and Ontario Learn, Design Team member for Alton Branch, principal author of the OPLA Teen Rights in the Public Library and a participant in the Northern Exposure to Leadership. She is currently the branch manager of Alton branch where she continues her ongoing enthusiasm for teens working with people (and playing library!)  Christine fills her non-library time listening to classic rock, quilting, and stripping (furniture!)
Judy Hyland is  the Director of Community Engagement and Marketing at Burlington Public Library.  She joined the Alton project part way through as project sponsor for BPL and as member of the project’s Steering Committee.  She has been involved in several building projects over the years and has keen interest in library architecture sparked by a visit to the Seattle Public Library just after it opened.

4:00 pm

Session 200: Books and Mortar: making the overall “fit” sexier

by Jim Morgenstern, dmA and Rebecca Jones, Dysart & Jones Associates

While the architectural professional has enthusiastically participated in discussions of library design, library planners have been largely absent. This is unfortunate because the fundamental building blocks of the Library as Place are library space requirements and facility models, which are the focus of library planners. Two critical planning issues regarding space requirements and facility models are as important as creative design and should precede design. So how do we get these critical, yet seen to be boring, issues into the discussion?

First, library space requirements: for decades libraries have used per capita levels of provision, such as 0.6 square feet/capita, to determine total library space requirements. Recently higher guidelines have been proposed in a number of jurisdictions, but are seldom based on defensible research. The appropriate guideline is clearly debatable given the changing role of the library, emerging technologies, an increasing emphasis on partnerships and legislation such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. So let’s debate it.

Second, appropriate facility models deserve much greater attention in any discussion of the Library as Place. Relatively few libraries have formally adopted facility hierarchies or classifications to specify the minimum size and related service characteristics of their libraries. Determining the appropriate number and type of libraries is frequently a major challenge, especially in rural multi branch systems. Service trends and cost considerations are forcing a re-think of the minimum size and level of service in various facilities of a library system – public or academic. So let’s re-think it.

Using examples from recent planning projects and recent research on planning guidelines adopted by various jurisdictions, we’ll take the library planner perspective to prompt an interactive audience discussion of appropriate standards and key considerations driving future facility models.

Participants will leaving knowing:
1. How and why library space requirements and facility models fits in the design process of library spaces
2. Library space requirement guidelines, both those currently acceptable and those used in different regions
3. Factors to consider when determining and justifying space requirements
4. Recent research regarding space requirements in various North American jurisdictions
5. Service trends and cost considerations in determining a facilities model for a library system in an urban and/or rural region

About the Speakers
Jim Morgenstern, MCIP. Principal – dmA Planning and Management Services.
For over 30 years, Jim has worked with public libraries in Canada on strategic plans, master plans, feasibility studies and operational reviews. Jim is a planner with a particular interest in the effective integration of planning and design and the unique role the public library, as a significant civic building, can play in establishing the identity of communities, defining public spaces, and placemaking.
Jim will bring a planner’s perspective to the discussion by describing how decisions taken in the early stages of the planning process have a major impact on the design and development of your library. 

Rebecca Jones, MLS. Partner – Dysart & Jones Associates
Rebecca is managing partner with Dysart & Jones Associates.   She is the former director continuing education at University of Toronto’s iSchool, and was a long-time instructor and member of the Advisory Board.   Early in her career she was incredibly lucky to work for 14 years in large corporations in managerial roles in libraries, records management, human resources and IT.
Today she has extensive experience working with libraries in academic, public, non-profit and corporate sectors, on planning, organizational design, roles and responsibilities, decision-making, conflict management, and service management.
Jim and Rebecca bring the perspectives of a planner and librarian to the discussion by describing how decisions taken in the early stages of the planning process have a major impact on the design and development of your library. 

Session 201: Revitalizing the Campus Library: on a Macro and Micro Scale 

by Ted Watson, Principal, MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA); Kim Reaume, Senior Library Technician, Ashtonbee Library, Centennial College Libraries; Lola Rudin, Liaison Librarian for Management and Project Lead, University of Toronto Scarborough; Sue Reynolds, Reference Technician and Project Member, University of Toronto Scarborough

This session will reflect the revitalizing of spaces within an academic setting on a macro and micro scale. Learn about the Centennial College Libraries pivotal renewal project, one that positioned the library as the gateway and “Social Heart” of the campus, at the leading edge of evolving technology, offering students choices within a blend of distinctive learning environments and innovative spaces.  Hear about a project at University of Toronto Scarborough that revitalized the library entrance and enhanced the user experience by creating a welcoming and attractive quiet social space that provides glimpses of what is to be found further in the library. A panel discussion with audience participation will then explore common and divergent issues associated with these projects and applications in other settings.

Participants will leave:
1. Acquiring an understanding of the role, impact and value of a revitalized academic library space.
2. Develop an understanding of the programming and spatial organization of the refreshed library space in the context of evolving pedagogy and learning technologies.
3. Be inspired to revitalize your own space to provide a positive first impression and reflect the flexible/multifunctional offerings within.
4. Learn how to keep costs down by reusing existing materials.
5. Learn strategies for making a social space a quiet space.

About the Speakers
Kim Reaume is a senior library technician working at the Ashtonbee Campus of Centennial College Libraries.  She has received undergraduate degrees in Communication Studies & Political Science (University of Windsor) and English Literature and Women’s Studies (University of Toronto).  She has also received an applied degree in Radio and Television Arts (Ryerson Polytechnical Institute) and a Library Technician diploma (Seneca College).  After working in wildlife management and film and television production, she has been employed in the academic library field for over 15 years.  For the past year and a half, she has been involved in the planning and set up of the library component of the Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project.

Ted Watson, a Principal at MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) has dedicated his 20 year career to community building; receiving over 50 design awards in the past 10 years for the design of hybrid community, library and academic facilities across the country. As the Principal-in-Charge of the recently completed Centennial College Ashtonbee Campus Library and currently planning the new City of Toronto Bessarion Community Centre and Branch Library, Ted is current in new paradigms of Library service delivery, programming and planning, and integration into the community or campus.

Lola Rudin is the Management and Computer & Mathematical Sciences Librarian at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Library. She provides research assistance, information literacy instruction, and collection development expertise to the university community. She is also heavily involved in assessment activities and in special projects. Lola was the project lead for the library’s front entrance renovation project. Lola holds a BA Hons. in English and Computer Studies from Trent University and an MISt from the University of Toronto. Lola is interested in innovative library services and user experiences especially as they pertain to library spaces.

Sue Reynolds is a Reference Technician and has supervised student assistants at the UTSC library. Previously, Sue worked as a Research Associate at the executive recruitment firm Janet Wright Associates, as the Manager of Library Services at The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, and as a Library Technician at the Toronto Reference Library. She holds a BSc in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto and an MSc Econ in Information and Library Studies from Aberystwyth University in Wales. Sue has been involved in many projects at UTSC, including the Quiet Library project and the front entrance renovation.

5:15pm Networking and Delegate Party

London Convention Centre – Ballroom 5

Day 2 – Friday July 11, 2014

Breakfast served 7:30am – 8:45am

Included in full registration



Session 300 – Loaves and Fishes School Library Transformations:  Small budgets can lead to big changes!

by Caroline Freibauer, Assumption College; Lydia Perovic, Toronto District School Board

It doesn’t always take a major renovation or a large budget to transform space.  Showcasing the transformation of high school libraries into learning commons, the speakers will share their experiences redesigning space within the confines of a modest budget.  Using floor maps and photos participants will share in the metamorphosis, and try their hand at a bit of design work, taking away ideas and solutions for their own space challenges. Speakers will address the purpose and vision for the new space and how it meets the needs of 21st century learners. Those from public libraries will benefit from the opportunity to witness transformations of space that created more ‘people space’ without a major renovation.  There will be time for participants to share their design challenges and ask for ideas.
Participants will learn:
·       How to look at space problems with new eyes.
·       How to transform a space with a lot of creativity and very little money.
·       How to design learning, collaborative and activity-based spaces that are attractive and appealing.
·       Ideas for transforming their own unique spaces.

About the Speakers
Caroline Freibauer is a teacher-librarian at Assumption College in Brantford. Before taking on this role in September 2013, she taught high school English for 12 years. Her goal is to create a learning commons space that encourages critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
Lydia Perovic has been a secondary teacher, now employed as curriculum leader of library and cross-curricular integration for the Toronto School Board. As a facilitator of  the Library Learning Commons, her love of libraries and love of design find form and function in her current role as curator of library living spaces. Lydia loves the challenge of re-imagining, re-envisioning and re-purposing these spaces for new contexts, clients and technology. 

Session 301: Meet me @theBridge

by Weina Wang, Kelly Dermody, Kelly Kimberly, Ryerson University

Ryerson’s new student learning centre is scheduled to open in early 2015 and will join to the existing Library via a bridge.  For our staff in Borrowing and Lending Services (BLS), this bridge is a metaphor for the connection between past roles and new evolving 21st century roles.  Ryerson University is committed to meet student expectations of service and technology in this exciting new space.  For the Library, this means ensuring that the BLS department is ready for the coming changes both through service models and technology. The speakers will talk about the new building, how the Library will integrate into the new space and discuss a series of activities the department undertook to bridge the change for staff.

Hear about the plans for Ryerson’s newest building and how it will integrate with existing spaces.  Learn about the Library’s experiences, the activities used to prepare staff for their evolving roles in a brand new 21st century space!  The audience will gain ideas and tips on change management, staff training and skills upgrade toolkits, space planning, emerging access service trends, self-service initiatives, and staff engagement in strategic planning in an academic setting.

About the Speakers
Weina Wang is the Borrowing and Lending Services System Librarian at Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA), Toronto.  In her current role and former capacity as Head of Borrowing and Lending Services, she has coordinated various strategic planning activities and helped the department prepare for the upcoming technology change.  Prior to joining Ryerson in 2008, she worked as the Electronic Services Librarian for five years at University Health Network, Toronto.  

Kelly Dermody is the E-Learning and Accessibility Services Librarian. She started as a librarian at Ryerson University and Archives in 2005 to establish library services for persons with disabilities in the Borrowing and Lending Department. Since then she has been involved with strategic management for the department and the library.  In 2013, Kelly had the opportunity to investigate RULA’s role in e-learning and is now acting as the interim e-learning librarian.   

Kelly Kimberley is the current Head of Borrowing and Lending Services, at Ryerson University Library and Archives.   Kelly has held various appointments leading both full time and student staff in Circulation, iDesk, InterLibrary Loan, eReserve, at RULA since 2004.  Kelly received her MLIS from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2000.


Session 400: Started from the bottom now we’re here: assembling a small public library from start to finish

by Bessie Sullivan, Haliburton Public Library; Sandra Dupret, Fleming College; John Louie, Carr-McLean

This project demonstrates how creative partnerships can be a way to achieve an affordable and beautiful  new library in a particularly low income area of rural Ontario.
Late in 2012 the Municipality of Highlands East and Fleming College’s Sustainable Building Design and Construction program entered into a contract to build a replacement library branch in the village of Wilberforce.  This branch is one of eight of the Haliburton County Library System.  The branch to be replaced was 700 square feet and the new building is 2000 square feet.  Construction started in April of 2013 by the students of the program which is an intensive, hands-on experience that puts students at the centre of the construction of a full-sized sustainable building.  The students’ obligation to the project ended in August of 2013, some additional interior finishing was required and then the building was furnished by Carr-McLean.

About the Speakers
Bessie Sullivan has been the CEO of Haliburton County Public Library since 2009; this is an eight branch system that operates within a land mass the size of Prince Edward Island.  Bessie has been a professional librarian since 1999 and has worked for two organizations, both multi-branch systems.  She is currently the Co- Chair of the OLA’s Advocacy committee and has volunteered with the OLA since 2005 in various capacities.  She also fills a number of roles with the OLC and ARUPLO.  Bessie feels very strongly about providing excellent library service in a rural setting.

As the principal of the Haliburton Campus of Fleming College, Sandra Dupret is immersed in and responsible for one of the leading arts education institutions in Canada. With a history of more than 40 years, the Haliburton School of The Arts has established a reputation for excellence through innovative delivery formats and diverse programming in arts, heritage, and sustainable building. With a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Printmaking and Sculpture), she is an exhibiting artist, educator, curator and administrator. Sandra teaches papermaking, sculpture, and lithography, as well as providing mentorship for graduate students studying visual arts. She is the 2014-15 President of the Board of Craft Ontario (formally, Ontario Craft Council) and an advocate of sustainable building practices.

John Louie is the Projects Manager for Carr McLean Ltd. Over the course of 18 years he has worked with librarians and administrators in public and private libraries, educational institutions, museums, galleries and archives. Primarily consulting on furniture and shelving, John can assist with providing manufactured or custom products
towards the planning and layout of libraries as place.

Session 401: Library as Tranquil Oasis – includes tour of Richard Ivey Building and Business Library, U Western

by Elizabeth Marshall, Business Library; Michael McLean, Planning and Design, Western University

The C.B. “Bud” Johnston Library, located at the most tranquil location of the campus, acts as a counterpoint to the more active programming elsewhere in the new Richard Ivey Building at Western University. The Ivey Business School was officially opened in September 2013 qualifying for Gold LEED Certification with re-used rainwater, low e-argon windows, local building materials and drought-resistant vegetation. The Johnston Library, named for a former Dean of Ivey, opened its doors in November 2013 with 16,000 titles. It offers quiet study on the upper level and the main floor offers plenty of natural light, and several wood and stone features.  The planning and design for the library was a collaborative process between the Ivey Administration, Western’s Facilities Management and the Johnston Library due to the mutual desire to provide the “best student experience” for our users. 

About the Speakers
Michael McLean, Dip. Arch., Dip. Arch. Tech., OAA, MRAIC, LEED® AP
Mike is a registered Architect and Manager of Planning and Design at Western University. In this role, he exercises management responsibility over university architectural activities relating to the fulfillment of University physical planning commitments. Mike has over 20 years of experience in private architectural practice with an emphasis in the planning, design and construction of institutional facilities, including a number of public library projects. In his 9 years at Western, Mike has led a variety of library initiatives that have aimed to address the rapid cultural, technological, and societal shifts that are changing how students consume information and use libraries. For the Ivey Business School, Mike worked closely with the architects, Ivey faculty and staff and Western Libraries to realize this world-class facility.

Elizabeth Marshall, MSOB, MLIS
Elizabeth is the Director of the C.B.”Bud” Johnston Library at Western University. Elizabeth received her MLIS from Western University in 2002.   Prior to joining the Johnston (Business) Library, she was a librarian in the D.B. Weldon Library and the Faculty of Information & Media Studies.  Elizabeth’s primary responsibilities are collection development and instruction for the Ivey Business School. She holds a Masters in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford and a BA from the University of Guelph

11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch Provided

Session 500: On Your Mark, Get Set, Revitalize!

by Jane Diamanti, Halton Hills Public Library; Jim Morgenstern, dmA Planning and Management Services; Kyle Nichols, Chamberlain Org; Leslie Fitch, Milton Public Library; Paul Sapounzi, +VG Architects 

This session will begin with a discussion on the initial planning necessary to secure funding and position your library for revitalization. Approaches to building projects will be presented.
Learn about LEAN Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) – a collaborative design and construction process that consistently delivers successful projects.  Used in Halton Hills, this process overcame challenges, built community support, obtained approvals, and secured funding for this complex renovation/expansion of an existing library connected to a heritage building on a tight, downtown site.  This collaborative design and construction process took the project through to its triumphant reopening. The Georgetown Branch in Halton Hills is a textbook example of the successful re-birth of an older library as a contemporary, fully functional facility.  Hear about the Library’s experiences in its quest to realize a library facility that would fully support the current and future vision of the Library Board and the Town of Halton Hills.
Hear about the design-build process used in Milton to deliver the new and relocated Main Library with the Milton Centre for the Arts.  Taking advantage of the opportunities presented by infrastructure funding, this project was completed in a short time frame within the prescribed budget.  Learn how the process was used to deliver this new facility, what worked and why the design-build process can be a good choice for some projects.
A panel discussion with audience participation will explore common and divergent issues associated with these projects and applications in other settings. 

About the Speakers
Jim Morgenstern, MCIP. Principal – dmA Planning and Management Services
For over 30 years, Jim has worked with public libraries in Canada on strategic plans, master plans, feasibility studies and operational reviews. Jim is a planner with a particular interest in the effective integration of planning and design and the unique role the public library, as a significant civic building, can play in establishing the identity of communities, defining public spaces, and placemaking.
Jim will discuss how the planning of the Georgetown library in Halton Hills contributed to successful implementation by generating community support, complementing other municipal objectives and securing funding.

Leslie Fitch, CEO and Chief Librarian, Milton Public Library
Leslie Fitch has worked at Milton Public Library (MPL) since 1990, first as Deputy Chief Librarian, and since 1996 as CEO/Chief Librarian.  Over the past nine years, while Canada’s fastest growing municipality continued its explosive growth, MPL completed a wide-ranging renovation project, built its first branch, and followed a Design/Build process in the construction of the new Main Library, with future capital building project needs already identified. Before working at MPL, she worked as the Co-ordinator of the Town of Haldimand Public Libraries.  Leslie Fitch graduated from the University of Western Ontario School of Library and Information Science in 1985.

Kyle Nichols, D. Arch. Tech., Chamberlain Architectural Services
Kyle joined the Chamberlain organization in 1997. Over the past seventeen years, he has worked on many library facilities, including the Acton Branch Library, the Mary J.L. Black Branch library in Thunder Bay, the St. Thomas Public Library Revitalization, and the Georgetown Branch of the Halton Hills Public Library.  Kyle is passionate about the design and delivery of vibrant library facilities and understands their constantly evolving role within their communities. He has first-hand experience in the delivery of library projects through Integrated Project Delivery – an inclusive, collaborative union between Owner/Stakeholders, Architect and Constructor.

Jane Diamanti, Director of Library Services, Halton Hills Public Library
Jane Diamanti has served as the Director of Library Services at Halton Hills Public Library since 2002. One of her primary goals has been to address the significant facility deficiencies of the Georgetown and Acton branches. Prior to Halton Hills, Jane held a variety of managerial positions in systems large and small serving urban and urban/rural communities.   She has a keen appreciation of how difficult it can be for smaller public libraries to undertake building projects.  Jane graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Library and Information Science in 1982.

Paul Sapounzi, B.E.S., B. Arch., O.A.A., M.R.A.I.C., A.I.A., C.A.H.P., +VG Architects
Paul is an architect and partner with +VG Architects. Paul is a recognized innovative designer of cutting edge library designs.  He has delivered dozens of library projects for numerous municipalities, public library boards, school boards and universities across Ontario. He is currently undertaking the design and implementation of the new Woodlands Public Library in Mississauga and the redevelopment and expansion of the Fergus Carnegie Library.
Paul promotes the idea that libraries are evolving from places of “access to information” to become active, creative, informal social hearts where the entire community wants to be.

Session 501: Integrating Technology in Revitalized Academic Libraries

by Sydney Browne, Diamond Schmitt Architects; Valerie Critchley, Margaret Haines, Alan Steele, Carleton University

In response to changing ideas about teaching and learning, spaces designed for students and faculty are evolving.  While these changes certainly affect the design of new academic buildings, many of these ideas are most evident in the spaces being developed by colleges and universities in their libraries.  In this presentation we will look at the kinds of learning spaces our clients are building, including spaces for collaborative, individual and instructor-led learning. 
Examples will be shown from recent library and academic projects undertaken by Diamond and Schmitt for Canadian university and college campuses.  This will be followed by a case study focusing on the recent renovations and expansion undertaken at the MacOdrum Library and Discovery Centre at Carleton University.  This project includes quiet work areas, group study and teaching spaces, and an innovative and dynamic group activity space for experiential  and interactive learning.  Discussion will include space use and configuration, furnishings and IT/A fit-out.

About the Speakers
Sydney Browne, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects, Toronto
Ms. Browne studied architecture at the University of Waterloo, where she received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Architecture degrees, and at University College Dublin under an international foundation scholarship. Since joining Diamond Schmitt Architects in 1999, she has worked with many academic and cultural clients on the planning, design and construction of academic libraries and other public institutions. In 2005 she became an Associate with the firm and in 2010 a Principal. Ms. Browne brings significant programming and management expertise and is recognized for designing award-winning library and learning spaces that serve exemplary academic communities. Notable projects include MacOdrum Library at Carleton University, Ottawa (2013); the Library and Student Learning Commons at Centennial College, Toronto (2011); the Academic Library at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa (2004); and the Learning Commons Library at Brock University, St. Catharine’s (2008).
Alan Steele, Director of the Discovery Centre, Carleton University, Ottawa
Alan Steele received his BSc(Hons) in Applied Physics with Electronics and PhD in Physics in 1987 and 1992 respectively. He has worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (1991 to 1999) and a designer and manager at Nortel Networks. In 2002 he joined Carleton University as an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Electronics. Over his time there, he has been Associate Chair for the department, Associate Dean for the Faculty of Engineering and Design, the interim Associate Vice President (Teaching and Learning). As the Special Assistant to the Provost and later the Director of the Discovery Centre for Undergraduate Research and Engagement he has been involved in establishing the Discovery Centre, a learning space within the MacOdrum Library, as well as work on undergraduate research, community engaged pedagogy, immersive learning and internationalization. He is a professional engineer in Canada and a chartered physicist in the UK.
Valerie Critchley, Associate Librarian, Carleton University, Ottawa
Valerie Critchley is Associate University Librarian responsible for Buildings, Operations and Copyright.  On receiving her MLIS from McGill University in 1990 she spent the next 5 years in library automation companies, working with a wide variety of public and academic libraries as they moved from card catalogues to the brave new world of digitization.  After brief stints teaching for the Montreal Association for the Blind, and as Systems Librarian for Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry County Libraries, Val moved to the National Research Council in 1998 where she worked as a systems librarian for CISTI.  This is where the challenges faced by libraries and research institutions became very clear and where she first encountered the fascinating world of copyright (and vowed never to work in that area ever again).  Her work at CISTI led her to the position of Associate Director at the Morisset Library of the University of Ottawa in 2005, and in 2011 to AUL at Carleton where she has spent the past two years immersed in construction and, despite her best efforts, copyright!

Closing Session: Spaces and Places – an overview of emerging themes and trends in libraries and public spaces

by Carolyn Doyle, Lisa Manax Skikos, London Public Library; Alison Hannay, Cornerstone Architects

The 4th annual institute closes with a summary of the societal, political and architectural trends impacting public spaces from the London Public Library Staff Research Team study followed by an architect’s presentation on current and near future trends which impact designing library spaces. There will be lots of time for audience Q&A. Facilitated by Mary Ann Mavrinac, University of Rochester Libraries with presentations by Carolyn Doyle and Lisa Manax Skikos, London Public Library and Alison Hannay, Architect, Cornerstone Architects, London Ontario.

About the Speakers
Carolyn Doyle has worked for London Public Library system for 30 years. During that time, she has held a number of different roles including children’s services librarian, reference librarian and branch supervisor. She has had the good fortune to lead two major branch renovations. Her favourite preoccupation is looking at physical library space through the lens of the community and creating new spaces.

Lisa Manax Skikos has worked in the London Public Library system for 14 years. During her time at the library, she has worked as a children’s librarian, a reference librarian, a website and social media librarian and is now supervising the Masonville branch. Her experience includes working with Carolyn Doyle on the Landon renovation project. She is most passionate about positive, creative and rewarding user experiences in both physical and virtual environments.

Alison Hannay is a Principal Architect with Cornerstone Architecture in London Ontario. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture (1991). Since its inception in 1991, Cornerstone’s work has focused on four sectors: facilities for children, public buildings, educational buildings and seniors communities, with projects located across southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. Cornerstone is also a leader in design for sustainability, and Alison is a LEED® Accredited Professional through the Canadian Green Building Council. As part of her work, Alison has had the opportunity to be involved in the design of numerous library projects across a broad spectrum, including public libraries, elementary and secondary school libraries, as well as libraries in post-secondary institutions.