20 December 2013

NOW CLOSED: Call for Papers: Space and collections earning their keep: Transformation, technologies, retooling

By Jeffrey Scherer

The Library Buildings & Equipment Standing Committee and the Acquisition and Collection Development Standing Committee are looking for papers that highlight how public, academic and research communities in different regions of the world provide high quality, adaptable and innovative library spaces meeting the needs of different users. The conference will be held in Paris on 12-14 August 2014 at the Bibliothèque universitaire des langues et civilisations (BULAC), Paris, France 

Library buildings and their interior spaces should be closely related to their functions. Traditionally they have served as book and journal storage spaces offering access to diverse physical collections. Today, following numerous social and technological changes, libraries need to retool their services. Physical as well as digital collections have to "cohabit" within a building. The transformation in information technology had had an enormous impact on users' research behaviour which in turn demands new discovery environments. Access and use of media have to be organized according to the manifold needs of users and with regard to the opportunities of mobile technology. As a result, different types of collections and the needs of the users compete for priority in library spaces. These need more than ever to be flexible and adaptable in the future. Architects must seek to provide solutions for the integration of and access to physical and also digital media.

The Library Buildings & Equipment Standing Committee and the Acquisition and Collection Development Standing Committee are looking for papers that highlight how public, academic and research communities in different regions of the world provide high quality, adaptable and innovative library spaces meeting the needs of different users. 

See the full Call for Papers on the WLIC 2014 website

Library Buildings and Equipment, Archives, Buildings and equipment, Collections, Library as place, Preservation, Rare books and manuscripts, books, storage, Access to information, Technology, architecture

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