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The growing significance of the library as place underscores the importance of access, atmosphere, usability and safety in the library’s physical environment. As physical collections shift to increased digitization of resources, libraries are creatively seizing opportunities to rethink the use of their physical space. Facilities are being modified to reflect and serve the learning, collaboration and creation needs of community residents.

The learning opportunities listed below are designed to introduce library staff to new ideas and ensure they are equipped to handle a variety of facilities issues.

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: S18-May-RW

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    This is a recorded webinar provided by SOLS, free of charge and on demand. It was recorded May 2016.

    In 2016, the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) commissioned Brightsail Research to conduct a study to explore how library space is used. Three library systems; Brampton Library, Calgary Public Library and Markham Public Library participated in the study. Throughout 2016 and early 2017, observations and surveys were conducted to collect data on space use. The results were published in a final report in November 2017, available on the CULC web site.

    This webinar will describe the study’s methodology, key findings, and lessons learned from the project. In addition, Kim Silk will discuss the importance of conducting research as part of library practice, and how to strengthen our sector through inquiry, how to tackle the research process and sharing results.  She also will provide an update on current library research to come.

  • Course Code: SD43

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    Library spaces need to transform in fresh, imaginative and creative ways to address changes in technology, demographics and community needs.

    This course examines current issues affecting space needs of public libraries, provides information on planning for new library spaces and discusses how existing library spaces can be optimized to meet the needs and expectations of the community.