Is your library/learning commons planning a renovation, space reorganization, retrofit, or new building? 


This year the 2nd Annual Institute on the Library As Place features  "Collaborative Spaces Create Community". Workshops are aimed at helping you solve your design problems, engage your community in building/renovation projects, integrating immersive technologies, creating interactive spaces and more. 


Our keynote speaker is Christopher Hume, architecture critic and urban issues columnist of the Toronto Star.


We will also tour the new Collingwood Public Library facility featuring two library floors, a green roof, public meeting space, art gallery and recording studio. 


Sessions are designed to be relevant to all sectors - but some sessions of note for the academic library sector:


User Designed Space: An Anthropological Approach: Katie Clark, Associate Dean, Public Services and Collection Development, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.


Immersive Technologies featuring Leeanne Morrow, Head, Instruction and Reference Services, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (technology, users, design and space)


Strategic Engagement: Involving key players in your library building Project: Lisa Miettinen, CEO Oxford County Library, Joyce Cunningham, Chair Fort Frances Public Library Board, Claire Callaghan, Chief Librarian, Cardinal Carter Library at King's University College and the A.P. Mahoney Library at St. Peter's Seminary, affiliates, Western University, and Amin Ebrahim, Architect, Perkins and Will


Heritage Buildings for 21st Century Libraries. Tina Ranieri-D-Ovidio, Principal, Makrimichalos Cugini Architects, and Phillip H. Carter, Architect, Principla.


Libraries in Joint Use Facilities: Margaret Mitchell, London Public Library Deputy CEO; Anne Bailey, Toronto Public Library, Director of Branch Libraries, and Betty Mansfield, Area Manager, Library Services, Mississauga Public Library


Delegates are encouraged to come prepared with questions, and any preliminary plans your organization is working on. 


When: Tuesday July 10 - Wednesday July 11, 2012

Where: Blue Mountain Resort & Conference Centre, Collingwood Ontario.  

Cost: $239 plus tax.  (includes all conference materials, snacks and meals). 

Accommodation: OLA has negotiated a special room rate. Suites starting at $124 available to delegates


For more information, the program, and to register please visit:

Registration is limited!  Registration closing July 6. 


The Annual Institute is part of the Libraries 2020 Initiative.


Michelle Arbuckle, MLIS

Education Program Co-ordinator

Ontario Library Association
T 416.363.3388 x.230 | T 866.873.9867 | C 647.286.9780