Library spaces and openness post Covid-19 – a DE-UK dialogue

Library spaces and openness post Covid-19 – a DE-UK dialogue

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Libraries, spaces and openness post Covid-19 – a DE-UK dialogue

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16th July 2021, 09:00-10:30 BST / 10:00-11:30 CEST

Moderated by Ewald Brahms (University Hildesheim/VDB) and Torsten Reimer (British Library/RLUK)

As the experience of lockdown during the pandemic has shown, library spaces are a critical element for service delivery both for patrons and for staff. In this session, we will discuss ideas for integrating digital and physical elements of library spaces, ambitions for more openness in space design and, crucially, the experience and lessons learned from the pandemic.

Ed Fay is Director of Library Services and University Librarian at the University of Bristol, which has recently received planning approval to build a New University Library. It is designed to be at the heart of the university campus enabling the academic achievement and well-being of our students, innovative research partnerships, and civic engagement. Ed will talk about the New University Library design principles, learning from the pandemic, and short-medium term plans for learning environments supporting blended education.

Konstanze Söllner is Director of Library Services and University Librarian at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU). Konstanze will talk about FAU’s ambitious plans for renewing its library spaces for the humanities and social sciences. On its Erlangen site, FAU is looking to redevelop a large 1950s office complex (the so called “Himbeerpalast”, or “Raspberry Palace”), while starting a completely new development in Nuremberg.

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