Sounds Like a Plan: Topics in Library Design and Planning

The Annual Institute on the Library as Place presents a special three-part virtual workshop series created in anticipation of this year’s main event. Register for one or all of these workshops to engage with topics like long-range library planning, functional program design, and creative design for common library spaces. 

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | 12pm – 2pm ET 
    Going the Distance: The Benefits of a Long-Range Library PlanRegister Now
  • Monday, March 25, 2024 | 12pm – 2pm ET
    At Your Service: Building a Functional Program Design – Registration Coming Soon
  • Monday, April 29, 2024 | 12pm – 2pm ET
    Great Expectations: Ideas and Progress in Communal Library Space Design – Registration Coming Soon

 Shelf Control: A Dialogue on Harm Reduction, Diversity and Freedom to Read

Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm EST
Location: Hosted online via Zoom
Cost: Pay-what-you-can (PWYC)

Freedom to Read Week (February 18 to February 24, 2024) is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.

This lively discussion includes exchanges between library professionals, authors and other literary and information sector experts as they reflect on contested books, bad faith challenges, presumption of access, new frameworks around freedom of expression in libraries, and how to support intellectual freedom without bringing harm to marginalized communities. 

Participants: (read participant bios here)

  • Brendan de Caires (Executive Director, PEN Canada)
  • Danny Ramadan (author and public speaker)
  • Johanna Gibson-Lawler (President, Ontario School Libraries Association)
  • Kasey Meehan (Program Director, Freedom to Read, PEN America)
  • Michelle Arbuckle (Executive Director, Ontario Library Association / Advisory board member, Centre for Free Expression)
  • Sonia Bebbington (CEO, Ottawa Public Library)

 Resolutions - Aligning Career Goals to Actions

Start the year with renewed energy and a fresh perspective! Facilitated by Dr. Virginie Mesana, a certified professional coach and founder/CEO of Ariadne Coaching, this four-part virtual workshop series will guide you through personal development topics to focus your mindset, enhance your workplace relationships, and bring you closer to your professional goals in the new year.

While participants do not have to attend all four workshops to understand and apply these concepts, attending the full series will help you get the most out of the experience (and qualify members for a discount, too).

  • Monday, January 8, 2024 | 12pm – 1:30pm ET: Reconnecting with Your Purpose Through Emotional Self Awareness
  • Monday, February 26, 2024 | 12pm – 1:30pm ET: Improving Your Relationships at Work Through Deep Listening
  • Monday, April 22, 2024 | 12pm – 1:30pm ET: Setting Boundaries and Asserting Oneself Authentically At Work
  • Monday, June 10, 2024 | 12pm – 1:30pm ET: Adapting to Change in the Workplace with Better Stress Management

Leadership and Management series

There’s more to come in the Leadership and Management series, but until then, check out our resources on leadership and management to add to your training library or personal collection. Visit The Library Marketplace for recommended reads!