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Wood - Nature Inspired Design Report

A 2017 report from Planet Ark outlines the importance of connecting buildings with the natural world. The use of natural elements in the built environment, can provide a healthier, happier environment. Research has shown that the use of natural elements like wood in the interior of a building can provide physiological and psychological benefits.

Nature connected design can help to lower blood pressure and heart rates, reduce stress and anxiety, increase positive social interactions and improve corporate image. Discover how you can improve the amenity of public and private buildings with ‘nature connected design’. Download the summary report.

For a full version of the document please visit http://bit.ly/makeitwood.


What should you look out for in the four next-generation libraries opening this year?

Book-lovers across the island can look forward to four next-generation libraries re-opening this year - each one customised to fit the demographics and preferences of its residents.

Reopening on March 18, the new Sengkang Public Library will be Singapore’s first to have a dedicated area for tweens aged 10 to 14, with books on youth interests, such as cosplaying and manga drawing.

Case Study

Library Service Evolution: Technology, Community & Collaboration

Ahead of the inaugural Next Generation Libraries Summit 2017 we chat with Ben Kolaitis, Emerging Technologies Team Leader at Melbourne Library Services and Justine Hanna, Learning Library Team Leader at Kathleen Syme Library and Melbourne Library Services.

Ben and Justine share details of Melbourne’s library evolution, which includes a host of new technologies and facilities, and delve into how this evolution is aiding community collaboration and engagement.  

eBooks, Not Tree Books: Upgrading and Diversifying Library Spaces & Service

Ahead of the inaugural Next Generation Libraries Summit 2017 we chat to Diana Hodge, Manager of Academic Library Services at UniSA. In this article Diana explores the impact of the university’s Digital Learning Strategy on library services, and delves into the recent library transformation that has seen a massive 50% reduction in the university’s physical book collection.

Throughout the article Diana further explores the repurposing of library spaces and explains the upskilling strategy employed by the library in order to assist staff with the huge culture shift. 

Creating Community-Centric Library Services

For centuries libraries have been the keystones of their communities – with people congregating to read, learn, discover and elevate themselves through knowledge. As libraries have grown in number and collections have grown in size, this traditional role has become diluted, with libraries becoming places for transactions – the simple lending and returning of books.

Wollongong City Libraries however is on a mission to go back to the roots of library services. Ahead of Next Generation Libraries 2017 we caught up with Mark Norman, Manager of Wollongong Central Library. In this article Mark explores Wollongong City Libraries’ 2017-2022 Strategy that outlines the future of library services in the Wollongong region.

Throughout the article Mark also delves into the community engagement approach employed in developing the strategy and explores some of the new spaces and services Wollongong’s libraries will offer as part of their new Strategy.  

A State by State Look at 21st Century Library Transformations

Ahead of Next Generation Libraries 2017 we look at the strategies employed by library service providers across the country in an effort to foster innovation, improve quality of life and better cater to their local communities and every day users. 

Fast Track Your Attendance

Fast Track Your Attendance

Want to fast track your registration to Next Generation Libraries 2017? It's easy - just download, fill out this form and send it to registration@iqpc.com.au

News Article

Westerly Library gets technology grant to help with community digital project

WESTERLY — The history of the arts in Westerly — along with individual stories about local artists — will be documented and preserved, thanks to a sizable grant from Apple Computers and the Carnegie Corporation.

This summer, the Westerly Library will launch the “Be An Artist!” digital community art project. Westerly is one of two libraries in the state to receive a Studio Rhode Next Generation Library Challenge, a collaborative grant program organized by the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services and the Rhode Island Office of Innovation. The Woonsocket Harris Public Library was the other recipient.

Light-filled library doubles as a home-like environment in Shanghai

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book. Brooklyn-based nARCHITECTS imbues those feelings of comfort into their design of “Library As Home,” the winning entry in the 110,000-square-meter Shanghai Library East Hall competition held by the city government. The cylindrical library draws inspiration from Chinese traditional architecture and culture while maintaining a contemporary design

Are digital libraries the future for children’s reading?

Technology is great but there’s no doubt that as we rely increasingly on digital devices, such as smartphones and iPads, fewer of us are reading physical books for pleasure than our parents and grandparents once did.

And while recent research from Nielsen shows a slight uptake in actual book sales compared to ebooks – driven in part by popular fiction titles such as Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins and Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – the reality is that ebooks still hold a 25 per cent share of the market, considerably higher than 5 years ago when it was just 18 per cent.