ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
In 2014, ALA signed an MOU establishing collaboration and partnership with BID (Bibliothek & Information Deutschland), the umbrella organization of German library associations, from 2016 through 2019. In 2016, American librarians traveled to Leipzig for the German Library Congress to present talks and papers, and to build personal and professional relationships with our German colleagues. The Europe Subcommittee of ALA’s International Relations Committee is the coordinating body with the German Association. As we enter the final year of this partnership, we want to feature an important aspect of German libraries: that of library design. Many German library buildings are beautiful, creative and highly used by their target groups. More than two decades after a major shift in the overall approach to library buildings, Germany continues to rebuild older structures and to build remarkable new libraries. As the role of the environment, experience and social context has become a routine task in planning and construction, new issues such as user driven design, the maker movement, the convergence of digital and physical environments are new developments that are being implemented in the planning. This session will highlight the state of library building and design throughout Germany. Two German library design experts, will focus on trends, issues, and interesting designs and how these all relate to library design in the United States. The speakers will discuss public libraries and university libraries as well as state and national and some specialized. Previous collaborative programs during this partnership included an overview of libraries in Germany, services to refugees, management trends in academic libraries and research support.