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Registration Open for CLIC’s Conference on Library Space & Curriculum

Online registration is now open for CLIC’s April 12, 2016 Conference, Designing the Library’s Learning Space – the Architecture of the Library’s Curriculum, to be held at the Anderson Center, Hamline University, St. Paul, MN.

Registration is free to staff at CLIC member libraries. Non-member charge is $75 (includes lunch).

Please contact Maureen Fitzgerald at CLIC if you have questions.

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Mary Idema Pew Library, Grand Valley State University


9am Welcome and Introductions – Dan Gjelten, CLIC Board President and Director, University Libraries, University of St. Thomas

9:15 Lee Van Orsdel, Dean of University Libraries, Grand Valley State University

Escaping Gravity: One Library’s Journey from Idea to Understanding

GVSU’s new library was designed to evoke new behaviors, perceptions and experiences among students using the space. The presenter
will describe the ideas that drove the design of the Mary Idema Pew Library and insights gained two and a half years since opening.  She will also share the preliminary findings of a year-long research project that measured how students are actually perceiving and using the space.

10:15 break

10:30 Kelly Miller, Associate Dean of Learning and Research Services, University of Miami Libraries

Teaching Through Space Design: The Symbolic Power of Academic Libraries in the 21st Century

Miller will discuss the ways in which our beliefs about learning and research — and the role librarians can play in those processes — are symbolized in the ways we choose to plan and design library spaces. Drawing on her experience at UCLA and the University of Miami, she will share examples of library space planning and renewal that are creating new opportunities for librarians to engage with faculty and students. In particular, she will offer practical tips on how library space can embody key concepts in the new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education ( and spur growth and transformation of library reference and instructional services. By teaching through space design, libraries — and librarians — can increase the significance of their roles in the learning and research processes at their colleges and universities.

11:30 Frank Sayre, University of Minnesota Libraries

Space as Service: Transforming Library Spaces To Support Curriculum in The College of Pharmacy and the Academic Health Center

The University of Minnesota’s Bio-Medical Library recently underwent planning for both short and long-term changes to our space. Short-term planning focused on changes to our collection footprint, floor plan, and furniture and is being implemented immediately. Long-term planning involves the possibility that the library will be integrated into a new education center.  As part of both processes we considered how space could be a service that supports the teaching, learning, and research needs of the Academic Health Center. This talk will cover issues faced in both processes and how the choices we made will support the curriculum of the College of Pharmacy and the Academic Health Center.

12noon Lunch

1:00pm Heidi Hansen & Julie Nelson, DIRTT

Designing and Building Tomorrow’s Learning Environments

Educational environments require construction that supports healthy and productive learning techniques and ever-changing technology. DIRTT is a perfect solution, featuring rapid, clean construction, user-focused design, durability and maintenance, cost certainty, unparalleled flexibility and adaptability, and integrated project delivery.

2:15 Break

2:30 Renee Hawthorne, Steelcase

Library of the Future – Learning with Steelcase’s Learning-Optimized Library

As libraries evolve, new tensions have emerged between learning activities and space design. Learn how to move your space from compromised to optimized, how to effectively support individual and group work and help students make the most of the library to increase student success. Steelcase will give an overview on their research on human behavior in libraries and examples of how to design for these tensions.

3:30 wrap up and evaluation


Lee Van Orsdel

vanorsdel Lee Van Orsdel has been the Dean of University Libraries at
Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, since 2005. Widely recognized as an innovative, thought-leading organization, GVSU Libraries won the 2012 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. Van Orsdel is an active advocate for open access and served two terms on the Steering Committe of SPARC, the world’s leading coalition for reform in the areas of publishing and information sharing. She led development of the vision for Grand Valley’s new main library, a $65 million project that was completed in June of 2013.

Van Orsdel earned a B.A. degree in History and French from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, and an M.A. in History from Florida State University, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.

Kelly Miller

kellyMiller_300x420 Kelly Miller has recently become the Associate Dean of Learning and Research Services at the University of Miami Libraries, where she is leading planning for the creation of a new Learning Commons in cooperation with campus academic partners. From 2011-2014, she served as Director of Teaching of Learning Services and Head of Powell Library at UCLA. While in California, she developed and implemented a vision for the Inquiry Labs, a new model for library reference and instruction created in alignment with priorities for undergraduate education at UCLA. The story of the Inquiry Labs is told in Miller’s article, “Imagine! On the Future of Teaching and Learning and the Academic Research Library,” portal: Libraries and the Academy 14:3 (2014): 329-351. Prior to UCLA, Miller held positions at the University of Virginia, Dickinson College, and the University of Michigan.

Miller earned a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Russian and English from Stetson University, Deland, Florida, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan. In 2005-2006, she was a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia. She also served as a consultant to CLIR on the Cataloging Hidden Collections and Archives program from 2008 – 2011. She is a 2013 graduate of the Leading Change Institute and is currently serving on the Taiga Forum Steering Committee.

Frank Sayre

sayre Franklin Sayre serves as the liaison to the College of Pharmacy where his focus is on serving the education and research needs of students, researchers, and faculty.  Franklin received his double B.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science and Psychology from York University in Toronto, and his Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of British Columbia. He comes to University of Minnesota from the University of British Columbia where he served as the liaison to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the School of Population and Public Health.

Franklin’s main areas of interest are teaching evidence-based practice, understanding the data management practices of bench scientists, and supporting research commercialization.

Heidi Hansen, Haldeman Homme DIRTT Champion

As Haldeman Homme’s DIRTT Champion, Heidi works with end users, designers, architects and general contractors to implement manufactured construction solutions from DIRTT.  She is passionate about sustainability and building interior spaces that do not care about change. image002(1)

Julie Nelson, DIRTT Representative

Julie Nelson has her own perspective on customer service; it isn’t about bringing the right products to the table, it’s about bringing the right solutions.  This commitment to helping her clients find the best answers has earned her the reputation as the go-to person for unique solutions. Recognizing that each project brings its own set of parameters, Julie works alongside designers, architects and end users to develop ideas in response to the specifics of each situation.

Renee Hawthorne

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 1.59.12 PM Renée Hawthorne is a leader within Steelcase Education Group, a group focused exclusively on education environments. With responsibility for Higher Education in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, she is responsible for sharing research and insights around active learning environments and passionate about working with colleges, universities, and design professionals to create effective and inspiring learning spaces that help to increase engagement and student success.

Renée joined Steelcase in 1999 and throughout her tenure with Steelcase, she has worked in a variety of positions all focused on our clients, dealer management and sales, as well as design professionals.

Renée holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. She is a LEED accredited professional.

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