Creating a 21st Century Learning Environment

Friday, June 25, 2010, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C

Successful 21st century academic libraries serve students holistically by meeting academic as well as other needs.  This preconference will introduce participants to techniques and strategies for creating 21st century library environments and spaces, including the use of data-driven decision making and 2.0 technologies, the creation of broad avenues of input and partnerships, and the development of associated timelines and budgets.  Examine library culture, services, technologies, and polices that enhance student learning, the benefits and pitfalls of campus collaborations, and address the nuts and bolts of renovation and building projects. 

Learning Outcomes:
1.  Educate participants about a 21st library building or renovation process, including the use of data-driven decision making and 2.0 technologies, the creation of broad avenues of input, and the development of timelines and budgets.
2.  Learn the basics of planning and managing a building or renovation program that addresses the evolving physical space requirements, collaborative learning environments, technological tools, and social tendencies of the current generation of Millennials and beyond.
3.  Learn successful strategies for cultivating and implementing such partnerships as well as pitfalls to watch out for when a good match cannot be achieved. 
4.  Hands on space planning activities, participants will develop an awareness of the major issues that address both the physical facility and library services and policies.  Specific exercise can include planning library stacks arrangements, to analyzing building traffic patterns, to the need for flexible, multi-use spaces, to adopting service desk models that best fit patron needs.
5.  Learn to develop a transparent building or renovation process that includes sharing up to the minute information on the progress and development

Presenters: Theresa Liedtka, Dean; Mike Bell, Acting Asst. Dean, Head of Materials Processing; Virginia Cairns, Head of Reference and Instruction; Jason Griffey, Head of Library Information Technology; Andrea Shurr, Web Technology Librarian and ILS Manager - University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

How to Register:
Registration materials are available online

ACRL member - $245
ALA member - $295
Nonmember - $325
Retired - $125
Student - $95

2010 Annual Conference Early Bird Registration
January 4 - March 5, 2010

2010 Annual Conference Advance Registration
March 6 - May 14, 2010

2010 Annual Conference Onsite Registration (you may still register online)
May 15, 2010 - onsite

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