Centering Connections over Transactions in the Next Era of Library Space Design

What do our users (particularly undergraduate students) need from our physical buildings? How can we harness new ideas in design and technology to free us from the physical restrictions of a more traditional focus on basic transactional needs of our users? How do we design for equity, transparency and belongingness and in doing so tell individual stories that invite all of our patrons to come in, discover, create connections and feel at home? This session will explore some research, propose questions and emphasize discussion as methods to explore new ways to think about library space design.

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Oct 15 2022


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm




Canyon B
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101


  • Karen R. Diller
    Karen R. Diller
    Library Director, Washington State University Vancouver

    Karen R. Diller completed her PhD in 2014, studying the impact of the natural environment on the ability to employ good study habits and has been the Director of the WSU Vancouver Library since 2015. Continuing her interests in how academic libraries can be integral to the success of undergraduate students, particularly first generation students, Karen has been involved in a variety of research projects around interior design, place attachment and attention restoration.

  • Sam Wallin
    Sam Wallin
    Analyst & Project Coordinator, Fort Vancouver Regional Library

    Sam Wallin has been working in public libraries for over 18 years, and has participated in a wide variety of building projects including new building design and construction, remodels and refreshes, facilities planning studies, bookmobile design, and more.

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