Library as Center for Innovation

November 18, 2015

In an age of information abundance, libraries can redefine themselves as anything from community living room to hands-on lab to business center, and everything in between. Why not a Center for Innovation? Library users need spaces that support learning in digital literacy, visual literacy and cultural literacy — sparking innovation on every level. Libraries are perfectly suited to support these needs. Traci Lesneski of MSR Architects will draw from her experience to share why and how in this webinar.

You will:

  1. Learn the importance of fostering innovation
  2. See how to create an environment that supports & fosters innovation
  3. Discover how flexible library spaces are created to allow for wide-ranging programs & services
  4. Understand how libraries have built partnerships & increased their value to their communities

Presenter

Traci Lesneski

Traci Lesneski

Principal at MSR
Traci has been with MSR since 1996 and has 21 years of experience designing compelling learning spaces. As head of interiors and a principal with the firm, Traci uses an integrated design approach involving multiple disciplines. Her designs factor in users' experience, comfort as well as productivity and aesthetics. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is a regular guest lecturer there. Traci has made a name for herself as an inspiring designer and international speaker, presenting workshops and discussions about library design. She has presented at the ALA Annual Conference for the past 4 years and recently presented a talk entitled, “Reset: Transforming Mid 20th-Century Libraries to Meet 21st-Century Needs” at the IFLA Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. She has written articles for New Library World and Library Journal. Traci is currently chair of the ALA LLAMA/BES Architecture for Public Libraries Committee and also serves on the IFLA Library Buildings and Equipment Section Standing Committee.

Moderator

Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco, Inc.
Janet is currently the Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She manages and develops relationships with key industry contacts to understand changing library trends and interpret that direction into appropriate products and services. She also has an extensive background in product management and development, as well as experience working with library clients on interior projects. Her previous roles have included Director of Library Markets, Director of Industry Relations & Marketing Communications and Director of Business Development.