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Thursday, June 22 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm
5a: The transformation of the Webster Library at Concordia University (Montreal): 22 study environments, an innovative technology program and a strong consultation process

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It is a time of change for Concordia University Library (Montreal, Canada). A major renovation and expansion project of the Webster Library (17,300 m2) is underway and scheduled to finish in 2017. This major project is one objective from the Library's strategic plan "Inspiring Success", part of the overall University's strategic directions. Since the inception of the space program and throughout its development, a clear vision had been communicated and reinforced for all decisions that were made. It can be summarized by the following: Creating an intellectually inspiring space, bringing more natural light and transparency in the building, making visible activities held in the library, expressing with architecture choices how the library is a community space, as well as bringing joy and beauty in the daily life of our students. In order to create a coherent technology program, we adopted a similar approach used for the development of the space program. It was designed in collaboration with consultants, technology specialists, librarians, architects and an anthropologist. The technology program, among other elements, consists of hardware and software specifically developed to make visible and audible our digital collections in the library spaces, digital and interactive signage, a technology sandbox, a visualization and virtual reality studio. The two programs together provide students with a choice of 22 different types of study and learning environments. Consultation, observation, communications and input from students and faculty were part of an on-going process throughout the project. This presentation will focus on the spectrum of study environments and the consultation process that ensured the relevancy of the renovated library for the university community.


Guylaine Beaudry

University Librarian, Concordia University
Guylaine Beaudry is University Librarian at Concordia University. She is responsible for the major renovation and extension of the Webster Library and the creation of the Concordia University Press, an open access scholarly publisher. She was in charge in 2014 of the transformation... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
C2.01 - 2nd floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

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