Eye-Popping, Show-Stopping Libraries: Fifty Years of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

The Library Building Awards, created in 1963 as a joint endeavor by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Book Committee (NBC), is a regular, ongoing, juried award program that recognizes excellence in library design. During the six decades that awards have been given, nearly two hundred and fifty libraries have been recognized. This presentation will review the development of the Library Building Awards program and discuss a selection of award-winning libraries, as a way to document the transformation of library services as well as portray the evolution of library design.

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Oct 15 2022


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm




Grand Ballroom A/B
Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 S W Temple St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101


  • Anders C. Dahlgren
    Anders C. Dahlgren
    President, Library Planning Associates, Inc.

    Anders Dahlgren has devoted his career to library long-range and facilities planning. He is a founding principal with Library Planning Associates, Inc. (established in 1984) and has consulted with more than 150 libraries, across the country and abroad. He has served previously as the building and planning consultant for the Wisconsin state library agency. He has written and presented extensively on library facilities planning and has been active in facilities-associated units of ALA and IFLA for four decades.

  • Charles Forrest
    Charles Forrest
    Principal and Owner, 21st Century Libraries Consulting, LLC

    Charles Forrest is Principal, 21st Century Libraries Consulting, LLC, and has over thirty-five years of experience in academic and research libraries. After nearly a decade with the University of Illinois libraries, first in Chicago, then at the flagship campus in Urbana-Champaign, he moved to Emory University in 1988 where he held a series of administrative positions in the Emory Libraries, including director of instructional support services, director of planning and budget, and director of library facilities. Charles served as library project manager for many library construction and renovation projects at Emory until his retirement in May 2016.

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