Architecture for Public Libraries Committee

Community of Practice: Buildings and Equipment

Charge: To disseminate knowledge, tools and best practices concerning library building planning and design through innovative programs, building tours, networking and social media.


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Our Work


  • Preconference building tours at the Annual conference
  • Quality programming at the Annual conference
  • Dissemination of building design/construction/furnishings-related information, best practices, trends

Expected Time Commitment:

  • Approximately 4 hours for conference calls/emails throughout the year
  • Committee meeting attendance and engagement at Annual Conference
  • Program attendance at Annual conference
  • Committee meeting attendance and engagement at Midwinter Meeting
  • Occasional special projects: the chairs of programs and/or tours should expect additional time commitment for coordination of speakers, tour planning logistics (supported by LLAMA staff), etc.

Desired skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Some experience in planning building projects, or running buildings, is helpful
  • Prefer the committee to contain a mix of design professionals and library professionals, diversity, and geographic coverage spanning the country

Staff Contact and roles:

  • Kerry Ward,, 800-5454-2433, ext. 5036. Overall management, committee charges/appointments, budget requests, etc.
  • Fred Reuland,, 800-545-2433, ext. 5032. Webinar production, program planning and scheduling, conference support, etc.

Resources available:

  • Budget for Annual Conference programs
  • Virtual meeting support
  • Community leaders
  • ALA Connect