Convegno formativo “The Evolving Concept of ‘Library’ and its impact on Library Design”

L’IFLA (, la Federazione internazionale delle associazioni e istituzioni bibliotecarie, terrà a Roma, il 21 e 22 agosto 2019, presso la Sala della Protomoteca in Campidoglio, un convegno  satellite che precede l’IFLA WLIC 2019, in programma dal 24 al 30 agosto ad Atene ( e intende riunire architetti, bibliotecari, esperti e quanti interessati al tema

The Evolving Concept of ‘Library’ and its impact on Library Design

Il programma e l’iniziativa (in lingua inglese) di seguito illustrati, pubblicati all’URL: e comprendente anche un workshop e una sessione italiana il 22 agosto, sono sviluppati congiuntamente da quattro sezioni IFLA  – (in ordine alfabetico)

Academic and Research Libraries

Library Buildings and Equipment

Metropolitan Libraries 

Public Libraries 

e Roma Capitale / Sistema Biblioteche Centri Culturali, in collaborazione con il Goethe-Institut Italien, l’Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori di Roma e Provincia e l’ Università degli Studi Roma Tre, con il supporto di alcuni Sponsor (

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Nota per gli Architetti iscritti agli Ordini italiani
Gli eventi sono in corso di accreditamento. Gli Architetti iscritti agli Ordini italiani che partecipano a uno o a entrambi gli eventi  dell’IFLA Pre-Conference (21 e/o 22 Agosto) otterranno i relativi crediti formativi da parte dell’OAR – Ordine degli Architetti PPC di Roma e Provincia.

The Evolving Concept of  ‘Library’ and its Impact on Library design

IFLA Satellite Meeting 21-22 August 2019, Rome Italy


The Satellite is organized by Roma Capitale / Sistema Biblioteche Centri Culturali, together with four IFLA Sections working collaboratively.  We are (in alphabetical order):

Academic and Research Libraries

 Library Buildings and Equipment

 Metropolitan Libraries 

Public Libraries 

We are co-hosting the Satellite in Rome in the magnificent Sala della Protomoteca on the Capitoline Hill immediately preceding the IFLA World Congress in Athens.
The theme of the Satellite, The evolving concept of ‘Library‘ and its impact on library design is expected to attract 250 attendees. Our Sections are well known across the library community, and we anticipate that the location in the Capitoline Museum complex as well as the program speakers (thought leaders, librarians, architects and designers) will be a huge draw-card.
A visit of some of exciting exhibition and a reception on Wednesday 21 August will be held at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.


Our program showcases an exciting mix of keynote speakers, panel session and workshops.  We have invited speakers who are thought leaders, librarians, architects and designers to share their experience and expertise with you. There will also be guided tours of the Capitoline Hill Museums.

1st Event: Day 1: Wednesday 21 August 2019

 8.30    Registration

 9.00   Welcome and Introductions – Mimi Calter, Diane Koen, Jan Richards

 9.10 – 10.15 – Civic Engagement 

  • Anna-Maria Soininvaara, Director Helsinki Central  Library, Oodi The Library of the Future: robots in the Book heaven
  • Siobhan A Reardon, President & Director, Free Library of Philadelphia 21stCentury spaces in 20th Century Buildings

 10.15 – 11.00 – Coffee

11.00 – 11.30 – Civic Engagement Continues

  • Kelly Brubaker, Shepley Bullfinch & Jeremy Upton, , Director of Library & University Collections, Information Services, University of Edinburgh The Academic Library as a platform for University and Civic Engagement 

11.30 – 12.45 Round-table

  • The IFLA Public Library of the Year Awards; what makes a winning entry? A conversation with shortlisted libraries and jury members. Projects to be explored include The Library of Birmingham (England),  Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, (Australia), Tampines  Regional Library (Singapore) and Villa-Lobos Park Library (Brazil). Speakers include Jan Richards (Chair), Leikny Indergaard, Santi Romano, Patti Manolis, Pierre Andre Ruprecht and Lynne Koh.

 12.45 – 14.00 – Lunch 

14.00 – 15.30 – Assessment and Alignment 

  • Colleen Cook, McGill University Library with Martha Kyrillidou QualityMetrics LLC
  • Mary Ann Mavrinac, University of Rochester
  • Carolyn Robertson, Christchurch City Council Tūranga, transforming central library services in Christchurch

15.30 – 16.00  – Lightning Talks from Platinum Sponsors

16.10-17.00 – Transit Time

17.00 – 19.00 – Reception Caffè della Arte at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna

Transport will be provided from the conference venue to the reception venue. While you are at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna take the time to view some of the amazing exhibitions.

2nd Event: Day 2: Thursday 22 August 2019

8.30 – 8.50  Registration
8.50  – 9.00 Welcome back and Introductions – Mimi Calter, Diane Koen, Jan Richards

 9.00 – 12.00
WorkshopBuilt for Inclusion: Library Design that Welcomes All hosted by Traci Lesneski,Principal MSR Design

Workshop Summary:
Each of us experiences buildings differently, depending on our own cultural, social, economic, and physical circumstances. Religion, gender, age, mental health and the various ways we each rely on our senses also play a role in how we experience the built environment. Yet many buildings are designed to accommodate only a narrow slice of the human population. Awareness of potential barriers when considering the built environment can make the difference between places that support inclusion and ones that do not welcome all users. This interactive workshop creates awareness about
the built environment’s role in inclusion and demonstrates how to leverage the design process and outcomes as powerful tools in the quest for inclusive library buildings. Coffee break included.

12.00 – 13.15 – Lunch

13.15 – 14.00 – Design and Sustainability 

  • Louise Jones, Chinese University of Hong Kong Green Libraries amid rapid development; what can be done?
  • Klaus Ulrich Werner, Philological Library at the Freie Universität Berlin Design follows function? Wrong question and correct answers

 14.00 – 15.00 – Italian Perspectives on Library Design

  • Marco Muscogiuri, Politecnico di Milano Towards new models of public libraries | Verso nuovi modelli di biblioteche pubbliche
  • Anna Raimondi, Studio Feiffer, Historic preservation and adaptive reuse of an industrial archaeological building into the new library at the Department of Architecture: The Pavilion of the ex-slaughterhouse of Testaccio in Rome
  • Riccardo Roselli, King&Roselli, The Pontificial Lateran University Library

15.00 – 15.30   – Close  


Note for Chartered Architects

Chartered Architects who attend the IFLA Pre-Conference (as a whole – Aug. 21 and 22 – or a part – Aug. 21 or 22 -) will gain Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits of the OARm – Ordine degli Architetti PPC di Roma e Provincia (i.e., Architects’ Charter of Rome and Province). More info:

Nota per gli Architetti iscritti all’Ordine

Gli Architetti iscritti agli Ordini italiani che partecipano a uno o a entrambi gli eventi  dell’IFLA Pre-Conference (21 e/o 22 Agosto) otterranno i crediti formativi da parte dell’OARm – Ordine degli Architetti PPC di Roma e Provincia.

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Our dynamic satellite program wouldn’t be possible without the support of our valued sponsors. To each of them we extend our sincere thanks: