2015 / Imagining the Library as Studio


2015 / Imagining the Library as Studio

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Latest Activity: Nov 9, 2015

Sunday 13 September at 11:00 - 12:30

Given the opportunity to renovate, expand and build new libraries, the Richland Library (Columbia SC) needed a framework to guide architects, challenge service models and ultimately inform every touch point throughout the library’s system. The framework, developed by a service designer, architect and visionary library staff and partners, started with idea that the 21st Century library could be a place where artists work, problems are solved, skills are practiced and risks are taken.
“Library As Studio” is our concept that re-envisions a library’s role as a community catalyst for innovative learning, creating, and sharing. It requires that physical environments be transformed to foster experimentation, reflection, and collaboration. Library As Studio requires that services, staff roles, processes and partnerships all be re-imagined to create usable, useful, and delightful customer experiences.

Melanie  Huggins,  Executive  Director,  Richland  Library
Melanie  is  the  executive  director  of  the  Richland  Library  in  Columbia,  SC.  Passionate about strategic  planning,  collaborations,  leadership  development  and  library  staffing,  she  is  a  frequent  speaker  and  facilitator  for  other  libraries  and  organizations.  Huggins  came  to  Richland  Library  in  2009  from  St.  Paul  Public  Library,  where  she  served  as  the  director.  Prior  to  that  Huggins  was  youth  services  director  for  Charlotte  Mecklenburg  Library  where  she  led  the  development  of  ImaginOn:  the  Joe  and  Joan  Martin  Center.

Margaret  Sullivan,  Principal,  Margaret  Sullivan  Studio
Margaret  Sullivan  is  the  principal  of  Margaret  Sullivan  Studio,  a  full service  design  firm  with  a  focus  on  cultural  institutions  and  an emphasis  on  visioning,  programming, planning  and  designing  the  21
st century  library.  A  noted  expert  in  designing  outcome based  interiors  for  active  learning  environments,  Sullivan  was  a  designer  for  ImaginOn:  
the  Joe  and  JoanMartin  Center,  in  Charlotte  NC,  and  DreamYard  Arts  Center  in  the  Bronx,  a  YOUmedia  flagship  project.  Sullivan  is  currently  working  with  Richland  Library  in  Columbia,  SC,  and  executive  director  Melanie  Huggins,  to  envision  the  Library  as  Studio  
concept,  a  holistic  approach  for  the  future  of  library  services,  both  virtual  and  physical.  

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