Constructing the Future Library: Architectural and Digital Considerations

Libraries continue to be built and renovated due to the continuous changes in IT, changes in the expectations of their users and in response to the importance of the library as place. Explores these three influences and the impact of these changes on space and the design of the modern library using examples and images. This session is based on a presentation made at the 2011 ALCTS Midwinter Symposium, "Beams & Bytes."

An ALCTS webinar.

Originally presented on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn to use both public and private spaces effectively and see how to think about the relationship between space and function.

Who Should Attend

Library staff in all types and sizes of libraries and at all levels of the organization with an interest in creating efficient and effective workspaces.


Jeffrey Hoover is an architect with Boston-based Tappe Associates. He specializes in programming, planning and design of learning environments, with particular focus on libraries, as well as master plans and feasibility studies for colleges and universities. He is actively involved with architectural conferences and symposiums throughout the country, speaking on topics that include future libraries, historic renovations and additions, and the influence of technology on the practice of architecture. Since 1999 he has been an instructor for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design’s Office of Executive Education, teaching Library Planning and Design.  Hoover regularly presents seminars and lectures for the annual Traditional Building Conference, for American Library Association national conferences, for the New England Library Association Conference, and the Boston Society of Architects Annual Convention. He has been frequently quoted in Library Journal and Library-by-Design relative to emerging trends and innovations in library planning and design. An active member of the Library Leadership & Management Association’s Buildings & Equipment Section, Architecture for Public Libraries Committee since 2001, Hoover served as the committee’s chair for 2009/2010.

Denelle Wrightson is the Director of Library Architecture at PSA-Dewberry, where she has worked for sixteen years; she had thirteen years of experience prior to joining PSA-Dewberry. Throughout her twenty-nine-year career, Wrightson has specialized in the planning and design of libraries. She has served as Principal-In-Charge, Project Manager, Planner, Programmer, Designer and/or Interior Designer for more than 150 library projects. This experience, coupled with six years of employment in libraries has provided her with a unique understanding of user needs. Wrightson is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is also in national and local library associations including the Public Library Association and the Library Leadership & Management Association. She serves on the LLAMA/BES Architecture for Public Libraries Committee and has participated in a number of Library Journal's Design Institutes as both a presenter and panelist.




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