• May 2, 2018
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Workshop description: 

During the preparation of a library space plan or improvement project, careful assessment practices need to be followed. Our library planning workshop raises questions about the needs of the library, institution and the community it serves. It includes a methodology to develop a library plan that is adaptive and flexible.  It outlines measurements for services, technology requirements and organizational planning activities. We share innovative case studies and solutions.

The full day workshop includes break out activities that help define the options for library service. These may include digital services, makerspaces, self check-out/in, meeting and programming rooms, classrooms, flexible group study/work areas and staffed service points.

The participants will learn how to do ACA’s “Visual Scan” – and “Community Characterization” techniques that enables libraries to answers hard questions about its future.  The “Visual Scan” addresses service challenges including the GAP between library behavior/needs and services, technology challenges and user requirements.

The library incubator workshop will provide attendees with a workbook that outlines service measurements, shares service planning methods and provides library space planning case studies. Attendees will learn how to develop a service plan so that they can reinvent their public library or research center.

About the Presenter:

As a Librarian, Project Leader and Manager at Aaron Cohen Associates (ACA), Alex Cohen heads a library-consulting firm with over 45 years of experience working with all types of libraries and research environments. His expertise includes digital asset management; space-planning assessments; service analysis; efficiency studies; needs assessments; special collection/archives planning; new builds and renovations of existing libraries; system planning and worldwide library consulting.

Alex’s goal is to ensure that user needs are better met, through service innovations and changes to functions, collections and physical space. As a consultant, he works with existing library staff to understand the way they are doing things now, listen to their aspirations for the future, and provide expert evaluation, critique, and recommendations of how to achieve those aspirations. The outcome of his work then informs the interior design of the space.

Alex has worked with a variety of libraries, both large and small. His past clients include Stanford University; the Smithsonian Museum; the Woodstock Public Library; and  the National Library of Greece. He is currently at work on the new Central Library in Dubai.

Registration for this event is free for CLRC & ESLN members and staff but is required. $25 for non-members. Please register below.


Venue Website:

76 Main Street, Whitesboro, New York, 13492, United States