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Library as Place; Place as Library

The Library of Trinity College Dublin presented “Library as Place; Place as Library”, a half-day seminar in the Trinity Long Room Hub on 25th February 2016.

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This event explored and debated how changing educational dynamics and user behaviour are impacting on current and future library spaces and how they are redefining the physical library. Speakers included leading architects, with both international and national experience, as well as a range of experts talking about the current Irish experience of library design. The seminar concluded with a dialogue to imagine “What will the Library look like in 2030?”

Date:     Thursday 25 February 2016

Time:     13:30 – 17:30

Venue:  Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

Event Details:

13:30 Welcome and Introduction – Helen Shenton, Librarian and College Archivist, the Library of Trinity College Dublin.

13:45 Keynote – Karen Latimer, Medical & HSC Librarian, Queen’s University Belfast and Chair of the Designing Libraries Advisory Board, and past Chair of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Library Buildings & Equipment Section.

The Irish Experience

14:45 Philip Cohen – Head of Library Services, Dublin Institute of Technology.

15:00 Gobnait O’Riordan – Director of Library and Information Services, University of Limerick.

15:15 Hugh Murphy – Senior Librarian, Collection Management Services, Maynooth University.

15:30 Coffee.

15:45 YouTube video of Hunt Library, North Carolina State University.

Architects’ view

16:00 Valerie Mulvin (Director) – McCullough Mulvin Architects.

16:15 Peter Minnis (Director) – TODD Architects.

16:30 Roisin Heneghan – Heneghan Peng Architects.

14:45 “Library space in the Future”. Discussion chaired by Helen Shenton, Librarian and College Archivist. Panel discussion including Professor Vinny Cahill, Dr Edward McParland, Karen Latimer, and architects (as above) with audience participation.

17:30 – Reception.