Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Thinking Big

Description: Faced with deficiencies of collection and space, and a failed tax referendum to address these needs, the Louisville Free Public Library opted for a transformative investment that reshaped how the community is served. Explore the wholistic and constantly evolving approach to how we reach our patrons, how we optimize staffing and nurture visitor interaction, and how we leverage our built environment to achieve enduring value.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, the attendees will be able to:

  • Pursue multiple strategies for capital project fundraising. 
  • Able to collaborate effectively with system master plan consultants to identify an optimized approach for addressing system needs with future capital projects. 
  • Pursue greater efficiency in library work spaces to maximize public space allocation.

    Who Should Attend: Administrators, Facility Managers, Operations Leadership are the most appropriate audiences, as the program focuses on the institutional, financial, and design logic for delivering transformative change across a library system.


    Colin Drake Principal, JRA Architects, Lee Burchfield Director, Louisville Free Public, Doug Foster, Manager of Design & Construction, Louisville Free Public Library, Matt Kruntorad Principal, MSR Design, Andy Knight Principal, MKSK Studios

    The LFPL-JRA-MSR-MKSK team have spent the past 15 years planning and implementing the transformation of Louisville, Kentucky's public library system. This team of library and design leaders formed the core decision making group that has delivered world class new facilities and complimentary renovations to existing facilities. The priority throughout has been to establish durable, adaptable, and beautiful amenities to serve every member of the metropolitan community equally.


    By phone: 1-800-545-2433 (press 1 to reach our customer service representatives)

    By mail: To register by check or purchase order, please email Our registration department will send you an invoice or registration form.

    Core Code of Conduct: Please review the Statement of Conduct before registering.


    If you have a question or need to make arrangements for special assistance or additional accessibility, please contact Mia Blixt-Shehan (

    Tech Requirements

    Core Webinars 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 with registrants shortly after the live event.