Designing Interactive Library Spaces on Limited Budgets

May 11, 2017,
2:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. CT

The success of libraries in the future will be determined by their ability to create stories and engage their communities in new and exciting ways. One way to accomplish this is by putting technology, people and spaces together so patrons can become creators and innovators. Join Brian Pichman from the Evolve Project as he covers tips for success when designing interactive library spaces and experiences on a limited budget. Brian will offer ideas for your library, from programming for all ages to display tips to makerspaces, that will help you engage your community without spending thousands of dollars. You’ll learn about furniture and design concepts, which maker technology to include and how to find additional funding to make your dream into reality. This is a jam-packed session full of ideas, data, and of course, cats.

You’ll learn:

  1. How to share the benefits of interactive spaces and technology to help you get buy-in from staff, the public, IT teams and your board
  2. The key design concepts for library spaces that will increase collaboration and foster innovation
  3. The latest games, gadgets and gizmos and how they encourage new ideas and improve skill sets
  4. Innovative ways to obtain additional funds to build your interactive makerspace 

All webinars are archived and will be available to watch a couple of days after the original air date.


Brian Pichman

Brian Pichman

Director of Strategic Innovation at Evolve Project
Brian is the Director of Strategic Innovation at the Evolve Project. Much of Evolve’s work includes building innovative works geared towards interaction and collaboration and helping libraries bridge the digital divide, break away from traditional library views and become trendsetters. Brian is dedicated to bringing libraries into the future using cost-effective measures and strategies. He often presents on innovative technology and loves collaborating with both libraries and companies. In his work with start-up companies around the world, he promotes libraries and encourages people to work closer with libraries when developing new ideas and concepts.


Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

Content Strategy Manager at Demco, Inc.
Liz is the Content Strategy Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at