Designing Library Spaces for the Future


Join Caroline Pang, Director - Medical Library & Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as she shares her experiences, challenges and tips in this journey of re conceptualizing the library.

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This webinar will benefit library professionals and leaders as well as those looking for ideas and inspiration to enhance their journey of designing or re conceptualizing their library space.


The proliferation of library electronic resources in recent years has contributed to libraries’ dwindling loan rates for their physical collections. Particularly low usage of print collections coupled with demand from school administrators and users to transform library spaces to user spaces has spurred libraries to reconceptualize the use of library spaces. Users desire libraries to offer more interactive, flexible, and collaborative spaces and have certain expectations of how their library’s space, technology, and services can best serve their needs. Libraries in turn are injecting lifestyle elements such as bookshops, museums, cafes, makerspaces and exhibitions to entice visitors to their spaces.

Striving to meet these needs, the recent redesign of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine library infuses many new design elements with traditional essentials to transform its space. Ms Caroline Pang, Director – Medical Library & Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) shares her experiences, challenges and tips in this journey.

Join us at this webinar to gain practical tips on the process of building a library from scratch and managing the design processes of library spaces. Whether you are re-designing a section of your library or planning a major renovation of your library space, this session will provide some valuable food for thought.

 

Key Highlights:

  1. Designing a Library from Scratch – Learning from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine Experience
  2. Exploring User Experiences and Library Spaces
  3. Balancing Physical Security and Access

Presenter(s)

Caroline Pang - Director - Heritage Centre & Medical Library Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore

Caroline Pang

Director - Heritage Centre & Medical Library Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore

Caroline has more than 20 years’ experience working as a librarian and joined NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) in October 2012. After setting up an interim library in LKCMedicine, she recently moved the library to its permanent location on the 20th Floor of the Clinical Sciences Building.She candidly refers to herself a ‘serial start-up librarian’ as she has been involved in many library set-ups, including the Tanoto Library in INSEAD, Asia Campus and prior to that, the medical library of the National Cancer Centre Singapore.Caroline received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Tasmania, Australia, majoring in Library & Information Studies and Computer Science with a minor in Philosophy. She obtained her MSc (Knowledge Management) from Nanyang Technological University in 2008. From 2002-2004, Caroline served on the inaugural Asia Pacific Business School Librarians Group (APBSLG). She has also served as the Chair, Business Librarians Group, Library Association of Singapore 2009-2010.