Crazy spaces make great places (18-20 mei 2015)

Op 18, 19 en 20 mei 2015 organiseerden wij voor 17 collega's uit de UK (allen afkomstig uit de wereld van universitaire bibliotheken) een ontdekkingsreis langs Nederlandse bibliotheken onder het motto: experience innovative library spaces.
Lees een impressie van deze reis op de website van Bibliotheekblad

Great changes in society demand radically different approaches to library work. The needs and questions emerging from society today really are different to those one or two decades back. Our current answers are not all wrong, but they are by no means good enough. We need to be open to new ideas and approaches and start looking for new answers. Visiting some exciting initiatives in the Netherlands is a great way to stimulate new thinking.
Surprising new library buildings recently opened in the Netherlands are redefining and redesigning the library. They are typical examples of ‘Dutch Design’ characterized as minimalist, experimental, innovative, quirky, and humorous. The Tour Provides an opportunity to experience and discuss with colleagues and experts innovative library and learning spaces and discover how and why these spaces were developed, what makes them unique and how they serve their communities.
The Facilitators – the tour will be accompanied by:
  • Les Watson is an education and library consultant, thought leader on the development of the Saltire Centre at Glasgow Caledonian University and visiting Professor of Learning Environment Development at the University of Lincoln. Les edited the well received book ‘Better Library and Learning Space’ published by FACET in October 2013. Les on the internet: www.leswatson.com
  • Joyce Sternheim, library consultant specializing in future visions and innovation in public libraries. Joyce is a trained librarian familiar with all aspects of library work who uses the creation and exchange of knowledge to drive innovation in public libraries. She is a member of the Ministry of Imagination - a collaboration between architects and librarians to develop exciting new spaces.
  • Rob Bruijnzeels is a qualified librarian who was responsible for the innovative project "Libraries 2040" which is now a permanent laboratory and creative learning environment for library futures and has been involved in initiatives such as The Library of 100 talents (a new concept for the children's library of the future), The Architecture of Knowledge, and De LibrarySchool, a groundbreaking masters level training course for the librarian of the future. He is now an independent Library Consultant affiliated to the Ministry of Imagination, an innovative workplace for library architecture.