Sunday, October 8

Preconference: CATalyst Studios

12:30pm-4:30pm | Main Library, CATalyst Studios
People, Places and Things: how to integrate innovative library spaces with student success in and out of the curriculum

Join us for a half-day pre-conference that explores and imagines programmatic engagement with innovative library spaces. Hosted in the University of Arizona Libraries CATalyst Studios, this pre-conference features the ways CATalyst has engaged students and faculty with both curricular and extracurricular programming as a newly renovated space and service created as part of the Student Success District. Participants will explore the space and technologies within the Maker Studio, Virtual Reality Studio, Data Studio and Media Studio, with time to hear from faculty and student collaborators and ask questions. Participants will also have the opportunity to work with other attendees to plan for the future, whether planting seeds for new programming and spaces or adapting existing programmatic efforts within their own institutions. 

Presenters: University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students


Preconference: Active Learning Classroom Design

12:30pm-4:30pm | Weaver Science-Engineering Library, Room 200SW
Designing and renovating classrooms for collaborative learning that meet the needs of your institution or library

As the saying goes, “It takes a village…” or rather, a committee of campus partners whose members have specific campus expertise for successful renovation and design of classrooms. At the University of Arizona, 24% of the centrally scheduled classrooms are now designed as collaborative learning spaces, including a 260-seat example in the Weaver Science-Engineering Library that served as the campus prototype and inspired the design of recent renovations to that library. These classrooms focus on collaborative, active learning across disciplines.

This half-day workshop will include a hands-on planning session to build your institutional team to 1) review current classrooms and identify opportunities for new learning spaces, 2) determine institutional demand for instructional spaces for innovative instruction and student collaboration, 3) provide faculty professional development for evidence-based instruction and collaborative learning, and 4) prepare requests to the central administration for building new classrooms and for renovation of existing classrooms. These activities can also be applied to rethinking library classroom design to support collaborative, active learning. This workshop is designed for single participants or small teams from any given institution. The presenters will discuss the process and committee structure used by the University of Arizona since 2014 to renovate and build new classrooms. The workshop will include a tour of newly renovated and new classrooms designed for different types of collaborative learning, including UA's recent Chemistry Building renovation and The Commons.

Presenters: University of Arizona faculty, administrators, a student, and a partner on the design-build team for the new classrooms in the Chemistry-Commons buildings


Evening Reception and Conference Kickoff

5:00pm-7:00pm | ENR2 Courtyard and Café Commons

Monday, October 9

Check-in and Breakfast

7:30-8:30am | Diamond Atrium and Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Welcome and Opening Keynote

8:30am-9:30am | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center
  • Shan Sutton, Dean of University Libraries & Katheryne B. Willock Endowed Chair | University of Arizona Libraries
  • Dr. Ronald Marx, Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost | University of Arizona
  • Christine Ten Eyck, President | Ten Eyck Landscape Architects


The Journey from Needed Change and Inspiring Ideas to the Beginning of Construction

9:30am-10:30am | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Though it will be realized differently by different institutions, stewarding the vision for a major new or renovated library facility follows some common steps. The journey begins by recognizing the need for a new library, spawning inspiring ideas for needed change and envisioning new service models, while aligning with an evolving institutional mission. Then follows the process of planning and communicating the vision, securing programmatic and financial support, and gaining necessary approvals – a process that must be sustained over time and through changing mandates and administrations, even before construction begins.

  • Guylaine Beaudry, Trenholme Dean of Libraries | McGill University
  • Bethany Nowviskie, Dean of Libraries & Chief Academic Technology Officer | James Madison University
  • Moderator: Tom Hickerson, Consultant | QualityMetrics, LLC



10:30am-10:45am | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Situating Digital Scholarship and Data-Intensive Research in the Library: Institutional Perspectives

10:45am-12:00pm | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Renovations and programming in three libraries will be featured to demonstrate strategies to support digital and data-intensive research in ways that reflect institutional priorities and needs. Trends from a recent Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) report on this topic also will be highlighted.

  • Donald L. Gilstrap, Dean of University Libraries | The University of Alabama
  • lorraine j. haricombe, Vice Provost & Director, UT Libraries | University of Texas, Austin
  • Greg Raschke, Senior Vice Provost & Director of Libraries | North Carolina State University
  • Moderator: Joan K. Lippincott, Associate Executive Director Emerita | Coalition for Networked Information



12:00pm-1:00pm | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Student Success Programs & Partnerships – The Transformative Impact of Co-Locating Support Units and Renovated Spaces

1:00pm-2:30pm | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center
  • Niraj Chaudhary, Dean, Library & Learning Center | University of the Pacific
  • Jen Nichols, Director of CATalyst Studios | University of Arizona Libraries
  • Marco A. Ortiz, Director of THINK TANK, Student Success & Retention Innovation | University of Arizona
  • Jordan (JT) Thornton, Program Manager, LifeLab, Student Engagement & Career Development | University of Arizona
  • Taaon Fraser, student employee at UA Libraries CATalyst Studios | University of Arizona
  • Serena Allen, student employee at Student Success & Retention Innovation | University of Arizona
  • Moderator: Robyn Huff-Eibl, Department Head, Access & Information Services | University of Arizona Libraries



2:30pm-2:45pm | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Library as Platform: Designing for Belonging and Wellness

2:45pm-4:00pm | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Recent efforts highlight how communities and universities can use purposefully redesigned libraries to support mental health, add social infrastructure, and advance individual and shared wellness. One major renovation, one programmatic incorporation into an existing building, and an architect researching emerging best practices will demonstrate strategies for using library space as a platform for wellness and belonging.

  • Gina Maria Fernandes, Ph.D. Student | NC State University
  • Alexia Hudson-Ward, Associate Director for Research and Learning | MIT Libraries
  • Kaija Langley, Director of Development | MIT Libraries
  • Jennifer Taxman, Associate Dean of Libraries, Research & Learning | Dartmouth
  • Moderator: Greg Raschke, Senior Vice Provost & Director of Libraries | NC State University


Student Success District Self-Guided Tours

4:00pm-5:30pm | Student Success District

Take a self-guided tour through the nine-acre Student Success District and talk with staff about the spaces, resources, and services throughout the Main Library, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, the Bear Down Building, and the Bartlett Academic Success Center.

Enjoy a preview of the Student Success District!

Visit Special Collections, located next to the Starbucks at the Main Library, to learn about the department, enjoy the Staff Favorites exhibit, and explore materials in the Reading Room.

Evening Reception

5:00pm-7:00pm | Bear Down Building

Tuesday, October 10


7:30am-8:30am | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Embracing the Great Outdoors: Design and Management of Outdoor Spaces 

8:30am-9:30am | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Outdoor spaces, from courtyards to rooftop gardens, can be a key element of the library user experience. Library renovation or construction projects offer a great opportunity to rethink the role of outdoor spaces, regardless of climate or geographic location. The compelling examples highlighted in this session will address a variety of considerations in the design, use, and management of these spaces.

  • Amy Newman, Project Coordinator, Facilities | Austin Public Library
  • Jaspreet Pahwa, Director, Capital Planning & Construction | DC Public Library
  • Jenn Sides, Operations Manager | Tutt Library, Colorado College
  • Moderator: Shan Sutton, Dean of University Libraries & Katheryne B. Willock Endowed Chair | University of Arizona


Building Community by Creating Meaningful, Welcoming Spaces

9:30am-10:45am | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

What does it take to transform a bookshelf, a space, an exhibit or program, or even an idea into something that will signal to students and community members that this is their place? Panelists will talk about how they brought an idea from concept to creation by collaborating with artists, local communities, administrators, and colleagues to share resources and information, make a visual impact, tell meaningful stories, and continue to change how libraries are seen and used.  

  • José M. Cabrera, Director of Creative | University of Miami Libraries
  • Darwyn Henderson, Branch Librarian | Senator John Pinto Library, Diné College Libraries
  • Catherine W. Manci, Public Programming & Community Engagement Librarian | Georgia Institute of Technology Library
  • Moderator: Kenya Johnson, Director of Marketing, Communications & Events | University of Arizona Libraries


Break with Snack Spread

10:45am-11:00am | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Print Collections Strategies in Transformed Libraries

11:00am-12:00pm | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Print collections remain a centerpiece of modern libraries, but fundamental shifts in library design provide opportunities for new thinking about how to present them to communities. Library leaders and an architect will share approaches for connecting print collections and incorporating them into an evolving ecology for library design and the written word.

  • Frances Fox, AIA | Cannon Design
  • Jim O'Donnell, University Librarian | Arizona State University
  • Charlotte Priddle, Director of NYU Special Collections | New York University Libraries
  • Moderator: Greg Raschke, Senior Vice Provost & Director of Libraries | North Carolina State University


Designing for Academic and Community Engagement

12:00pm-1:00pm | Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center

Engagement is a critical feature of the contemporary academic library. The campus community is diverse, and library design must incorporate a broad range of connections. But today, there is also an increasing focus on reaching communities beyond the campus.

  • Kornelia Tancheva, Hillman University Librarian and Director of the University Library System | University of Pittsburgh
  • Patrick Yott, Associate Dean for Digital Infrastructure | Northeastern University Libraries
  • Moderator: Tom Hickerson, Consultant | QualityMetrics, LLC


To-Go Lunch Box Pick-up

1:00pm-2:00pm | Diamond Atrium and Grand Ballroom, 3rd Floor, Student Union Memorial Center