Thursday, December 19, 2013

College Libraries Section ALA 2014 (Las Vegas) Program - Call for Panel Participation

CLS ALA 2014 (Las Vegas) Program - Call for Panel Participation

The College Libraries Section of ACRL is planning a program (co-sponsored by LLAMA's Buildings for College & University Libraries Committee) for ALA 2014 in Las Vegas that will examine the new field of architecture and neuroscience and how recent research can be applied to library space. The planning committee is seeking a librarian to join its panel of speakers that will include an architect and a neuroscientist. The librarian contributor should be able to offer ideas and speak to the practical application of this new research in library building and design (particularly as related to academic libraries). The tentative title and program description are:

Science + Form = Function (Applying Scientific Principle to Form & Function)

What can the new interdisciplinary field of neuroscience and architecture tell us about the connection between physical space and personal well-being? Join us as we explore this topic and examine how this research can be applied to library building design and overall use of space.

As the “library as place” debate continues, libraries are feeling mounting pressure to justify use of institutional resources to support brick-and-mortar facilities. Does this research speak to the value of physical library spaces?

Our deadline for identifying our librarian panelist iDecember 31. If you are interested in this presentation opportunity or would like further information, please contact:

Elizabeth Lightfoot
Johns Hopkins University

The Committee looks forward to hearing from you.

Eric A. Kidwell
CLS 2014 Program Planning Committee, chair