Library as Place 2019 - Call for Proposals
Annual Institute on the Library as Place
The purpose of the Annual Institute on the Library as Place 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. 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.

The 2019 Institute will be held in the city of Ottawa the week of July 10 (venue tba).

Weaving Stories. Tailoring Spaces: Libraries as Fabric of the Community

Libraries have a role in the cultural fabric of communities and provide a sense of civic pride. Libraries are woven into communities when people are engaged and consulted about design, space requirements and programs that animate the spaces. Libraries of all types support, respond to and reflect community needs. People need to feel that the library is theirs.

The design of the library influences the space which informs a person’s experience and attachment to that space.
Dig deeper and find out about strategies, techniques and opportunities to deliver spaces that belong to all and inspire, welcome and delight!

Mark your calendars for July 2019 when we bring Canada’s largest multi-sector library space planning conference to Ottawa, Ontario.

Multiple perspectives are encouraged in presentations. Presentations by architects must be made with a library client or service provider and may include other professionals, e.g. interior designer. Each session can accommodate a maximum of three presenters.

Suggested Topics:
Consultations and community engagement
Marginalized Communities and Space
Partnerships and other people using the space
Wayfinding / Interior Design / Furniture

Sessions are 75 minutes long.

Session Summary (10 words or less): What is the heart of your session?
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Description of your project/presentation in relation to the theme (50 words or less)
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List up to four key learning outcomes. What will attendees learn from your session and take back to work?
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Other Session Presenter Names (include at least one architect and one client or service provider)
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Presenter Requirements
All accepted presenters must register for the conference on the day of their presentation. OLA is a professional organization whose members and other interested stakeholders contribute their expertise and efforts as part of their commitment to their profession. If you choose to present, we offer you:
• A complimentary registration for the Annual Institute (valued at $390). This includes all workshops, refreshment breaks and meals during the conference
• An honorarium of $100 to assist in offsetting presentation costs

We regret that we cannot include travel and accommodation costs.

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