Library Spaces: Future Needs
Library Challenges and Opportunities
Friday, March 7, 2008
Alan Kirk Gray
Alan Kirk Gray is Assistant Director – Operations for Darien Library, Darien, CT, where he is responsible for the program, planning and construction of Darien Library’s new 54,000 sf building, which has been cited for its anticipation of the current trends in the innovative use of library facilities. Mr. Gray consults on library planning and service integration, and has presented at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, New England Library Association, and Computers in Libraries on the relationship between technology and services, library business practices, and the development of appropriate library spaces.
Jeffrey Hoover, AIA, is a Principal of Tappé Associates, Boston, MA, where he specializes in programming, planning and design of learning environments, with particular focus on libraries. Mr. Hoover has been actively involved with architectural conferences and symposiums throughout the country, speaking on future libraries, historic renovations and additions, and the influence of technology on the practice of architecture. He and his firm have been involved in the construction of more than 40 public, school and academic libraries. As a member of the Architecture for Public Libraries Committee for the American Library Association, he is currently program chair for two programs for the 2008 national conference, "Shades of Green - Sustainable Libraries" and "People Spaces in libraries - the Community Off-Line Experience".
Elisabeth Martin, AIA, has practiced architecture for over twenty years, with a focus on Library Planning and Design. Prior to becoming a partner in MDA designgroup 2003, a NYC-based design studio, Ms. Martin served as the Director of Planning, Design, and Facilities for Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) from 1996 to 2003. She has been directly involved in the planning, renovation, expansion or construction of more than seventy libraries. Ms. Martin holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University School of Architecture. Ms. Martin is an active in a number of library and design organizations. She has held leadership roles in the American Library Association’s LAMA Building and Equipment Section (BES), served on its Executive Committee, chaired the Architecture for Public Libraries Committee and the Library Buildings Awards Committee, and is currently active in the Buildings for College and University Libraries Committee. Ms. Martin is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). As a result of her advocacy for design excellence in public buildings, Ms. Martin was the recipient of the AIA New York Chapter's 2002 Public Architect Award.
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