Programming Library Spaces for Institutional Impact Webinar Series

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Thursday, February 9 | Thursday, February 16 | Thursday, February 23, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Central
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Mountain
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific

This webinar series will provide principles and examples of using library space to align with institutional goals and priorities.  It promotes the vision that only through integration of a program and organization/staffing structures within a new library space will the full potential of the space be realized.  The webinars are not intended as a guide to planning new or renovated space, but an exploration of how spaces can advance the mission of teaching, learning, and research. The series will draw on some of the authors of the recently released Designing Libraries for the 21st Century book, published by ACRL, and update their observations, insights and examples.  Moderators and speakers will engage participants through structured and open discussion and chat.

Part One: Session 1: Student Learning, Student Success, and Wellbeing
Often plans for library renovations and new library spaces are presented as a means to add new and different types of “study” space for students. While this is important, it evades the opportunity of these spaces to play an important role in the academic teaching and learning goals and programs of the institution. Aligning technology-rich learning spaces with curricular needs and new directions can assist in strengthening relationships between librarians and faculty. More recently, libraries have begun to understand that they have an opportunity to play a significant role in student success, which can include components related to students’ sense of well-being and belonging. Presenters in this session will draw on their experience with programmatic initiatives in renovated and new spaces.

Moderator: Joan K. Lippincott; Speakers: Shan Sutton, University of Arizona; Kelly Miller, University of Miami

Part Two: Enhancing Collaborative Research
The 21st century has seen a dramatic change in research practice, including the nature of research, research funding and mandates, and in research methodologies. Research is increasingly multidisciplinary and frequently addresses societal “grand challenges,” necessitating new campus and community partnerships. Such research is largely conducted through the combination of digital media and analytical tools, engaging scholars and graduate students, as well as undergraduates. While these developments impact various disciplines in differing manners, such change is ubiquitous, and libraries can play an integral role, renewing their centrality to the research enterprise. Conducting this research requires new technologies, new expertise, and new spaces. 

Moderator: Tom Hickerson; Speakers: Gregory Raschke, North Carolina State University; John Brosz, University of Calgary

Part Three: Focusing on Staffing and Organizations 
New library spaces can only realize their potential when supported by staff members who share in the vision. Equally important is staff members’ embrace of change and experimentation as the facility evolves.  But too often building projects focus on the physical space without considering the human element that will animate and translate the space for its users. How can organizations best prepare staff to serve as agents and ambassadors for new library spaces? What are the factors that will most ensure success?  We’ll hear from two library leaders who will share promising strategies for engaging staff with new library spaces.

Moderator: Leonora Crema; Speakers: Mary Ann Mavrinac, University of Rochester; Brian Mathews, Carnegie Mellon University 

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to articulate ways in which their plans for library spaces could align with institutional priorities in such areas as learning, research, and student well-being.
  • Participants will be able to describe ways in which programs/services, staffing, and technology work together to enable new types of initiatives in library spaces.
  • Participants will be able to identify key trends in library space development.


Pricing is listed to the right on this page. To register, use the register button to checkout. You can register a group by specifying the number of people who will be accessing the webcast during checkout. If you are an ACRL member, you can purchase seats for yourself and your colleagues at the ACRL discount rate.

Number of SeatsDiscount
10+If you are registering 10 or more individuals for a webcast, please email for special discounted pricing. 

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared shortly after the live event.


If you have questions or need to make arrangements for additional assistance or accessibility, please contact Margot Conahan (