Communicating with Architects to Get What You Need

How well you and your architect communicate affects how closely the design solution will meet your library’s needs within the budget, and how much of your vision and preferences will be reflected in the final outcome. And, while it is important to communicate your goals, needs and wants to your architect, it is equally important to remain open to exchange of new and evolving ideas. Speakers will share their ‘lessons learned’ to provide insights on strategies, partnerships, and communication tips to ensure that the project team stays ‘on-the-same-page’ and that the library’s voice as the Owner/Client is heard and understood.

The event is finished.


Oct 09 2021


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm




  • Deborah Ehrman
    Deborah Ehrman
    Acting Executive Director, Salt Lake City Public Library

    Deborah Ehrman is the Interim Executive Director for the Salt Lake City Public Library. She has worked on library faciltites programming, schematic design, and construction since 2011. She acted as the library’s liaison for the new construction of the Marmalade Branch Library in 2016 and recently completed work on the renovated 1928, Sprague Branch Library, reopened in May, 2021. She leads the Salt Lake City Public Library in fostering access for all residents of Salt Lake City to library experiences, spaces, and resources to make the community a wonderful place to live, play, work, and prosper.

  • Gili Meerovitch
    Principal / Library Practice Leader, Pfeiffer, a Perkins Eastman Studio
  • Jeff Steely
    Jeff Steely
    Dean of Libraries, Georgia State University

    Jeff Steely is Dean of Libraries at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to arriving at Georgia State, Mr. Steely served as Associate Dean and Director of Central Libraries at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Earlier positions at Baylor included Assistant Dean, Director of Central Libraries, Assistant Director for Client Services, and Outreach Services Librarian. Jeff began his professional career as the serials librarian for the Library of the U.S. Courts in Chicago, Illinois. Dean Steely is a graduate of Bethel College (KS) and holds an MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. He has participated in the Harvard/ACRL Leadership Institute and was a 2014 CLIR/EDUCAUSE Leading Change Institute fellow. Mr. Steely is active in numerous regional and national organizations, and served as the 2015-2016 president of the Library Leadership and Management Association.

  • Kathleen Webb
    Dean of University Libraries, University of Dayton