IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section Seminar

Storage! The Final Frontier Options. Best Practices and Collaboration
23 February 2017, 10:00 – 17:00
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Garching book repository | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

Garching book repository | © BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

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Storage! The Final Frontier Options. Best Practices and Collaboration

A major driver in library design was once providing appropriate storage for collections. This morphed into a concentration on the user experience. As libraries in the 21st century continue to undergo dramatic transformations with physical collections dwindling in size in favour of digital information resources, the appropriate storage of heritage print and other physical collections is being re-examined and user needs further investigated.

Space previously allocated to extensive print collections is being re-used and is housing new service offerings. Big data analysis of collections and their use is changing the thinking about collections and about their preservation, storage, curation and means of discovery and use. Notions of collective collections on a regional, national or global basis are impinging on local library design. Sharing is everything.

Libraries have shared cataloguing data and collaborated on many matters. New collaborative approaches on storage are being investigated. High density storage options have evolved over the past decade and operational best practices refined. Operating at scale and the governance of shared storage facilities has evolved.

Join the IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section and our prominent guest speakers to learn more about the changing storage landscape and the opportunities and options available to research libraries. Librarians and any interested parties from across Germany and the region are welcome to join us!

Guest speakers include:

  • Constance Malpas, OCLC, Research Scientist, Dublin, Ohio, USA
  • Jacob Nadal, Executive Director, ReCAP, Princeton, USA
  • Daniel Tschirren, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern/The Swiss Cooperative Storage Library, Luzern and Büron
  • Andreas Enge, Büro Max Dudler, Architect, Berlin, Zürich, Frankfurt
  • Charles Forrest, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
  • Lena Berg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat München, University Library, München
  • Dorothea Sommer, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, München

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Programme available for download  (PDF, 63 KB)

09:30 – 10:00Registration
10:00 – 10:15Opening remarks
Diane Koen, McGill University Montreal, Kanada
Chair of the IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section

Dorothea Sommer
Deputy Director General, Bavarian State Library Munich
10:15 – 10:50Keynote "Collective Collections: Right-scaling Cooperative Stewardship"  (PDF, 1,4 MB)
Constance Malpas, OCLC
10:50 – 11:25Cooperative advantages: Lessons in scale and sustainability from ReCAP  (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Jacob Nadal, ReCap Princeton University
11:25 – 11:50Coffee break
11:50 – 12:25The Cooperative Storage Library Switzerland (CSLS) – a successful multi-cantonal cooperation  (PDF, 8.7 MB)
Daniel Tschirren, Deputy Director, Zentral- und Hochschulbibliothek Luzern, The Swiss Cooperative Storage Library Luzern and Büron
12:25 – 13:00The Library Service Center: Collaborative partnerships for legacy collections and program innovation  (PDF, 7.4 MB)
Charles Forrest, 21 CL Consulting, LLC, formerly Emory University, Atlanta USA
13:00 – 14:00Lunch (on own)
14:00 – 14:30Libraries as public spaces and elementary elements of cities  (PDF, 177 MB)
Andreas Enge, Architect, Büro Max Dudler Berlin, Zürich, Frankfurt
14:30 – 15:00Building new library spaces. The Munich University Library’s Philologicum  (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Lena Berg, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, University Library
15:00 – 15:30Garching – the Storage Library of the Bavarian State Library: past, present and future developments  (PDF, 11.5 MB)
Dorothea Sommer, Bavarian State Library Munich
15:30 – 16:00The Weston Library (formerly the New Bodleian): high tech storage enables innovative space  (PDF, 20.1 MB)
Toby Kirtley, The Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
16:00 – 16:45Reception

Seminar information at a glance

Date23 February 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
VenueHosted by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Friedrich-von-Gärtner-Saal (1st floor)
RegistrationRSVP to to secure a seat at the seminar
(please use the keyword ILFA Seminar)
AdmissionAdmission free
CommunicationU3/U6, underground station "Universität" | U4/U5, underground station "Odeonsplatz"
Bus 150/153/154, bus stop "Universität" | Bus 100/153, bus stop "Von-der-Tann-Straße"
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