Design Institute | Minneapolis

Join us in Minnesota for a day-long seminar
and start planning the library of the future today.

Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Hennepin County Library at the Minneapolis Central Library, the newest installment of our library building and design event will bring you the latest trends in library design. Dig deep with architects, librarians, and vendors to explore building anew and renovating/retrofitting spaces both large and small that will engage your community.

Whether you're in the dreaming and planning stages or further along the design road,
you'll find ideas, information, and inspiration, no matter your budget!

Design Institute

Friday, September 21, 2018
9:00 AM–5:30 PM

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

This full-day think tank provides expert panel discussions with architects and librarians on how to get the community on board and issues in library space, design, and construction, as well as hands-on, architect-led breakout sessions dealing with real-life design challenges submitted in advance by you and your fellow attendees. "Speed-sessions" with individual architects and furniture and equipment vendors will help you address your own library-specific questions (be sure to bring photos, illustrations, floor plans, or plat maps—whatever you think will enhance the discussion). There will be plenty of face time and networking opportunities throughout the day with colleagues, too. Arrive early for an optional afternoon tour and light reception on Thursday, September 20.

Registration is open only to librarians, library board or foundation members, and the library's city planners/officials.
If you are an architect or vendor and would like to sponsor, please contact Advertising Director Roy Futterman:




9:00–9:30 AM | Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

9:30–9:45 AM | Welcoming Remarks

Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal
Johannah Genett, Division Manager for Resource Services, Hennepin County Library

9:45–10:30 AM | Expert Panel 1: Responsive Design

Learn about the collaborative architect-librarian relationship and the elaborate give-and-take that goes into engaging the community, embracing the voices of all stakeholders, defining the project scope, and translating that into design that attracts users and nonusers and the best possible staff.


Dagmara Larsen, Senior Associate, MSR
Ann Voda, Principal, Bentz/Thompson/Rietow


Lisa Peet, Associate News Editor, Library Journal


10:30–10:35 AM | Industry Spotlight 1: bibliotheca

10:35–10:55 AM | Break and Transition to Breakout Sessions

10:55 AM–12:25 PM | Breakout Sessions Featuring Real-Life Library Design Challenges

Information on the breakout challenges can be found on pages 4  –  7 in the program. Each architect will workshop one design challenge chosen from among those submitted by attendees. The architects will deliver perspective and guidance on the challenge, while participants engage in interactive exercises to brainstorm potential solutions as well.

12:25–1:25 PM | Lunch

1:25–2:05 PM | Keynote | Not Without Us: Planning for Racial Equity and Social Justice at Madison Public Library

Presented by:

Catherine Duarte, AICP, urban planner, is the author of Madison Public Library's Communities Inspiring Libraries: A Strategic Plan for Eastside Growth and developer of the Tell Us engagement tool to bring in the voices of the underserved.

Sarah Lawton, MPL Neighborhood Library Supervisor, is coordinator of Madison Public Library's inclusive design process for the new Pinney Library and a national leader on applying racial equity analysis to public library policies, plans, and programs.

2:05–2:10 PM | Industry Spotlight 2: Cordeck

2:10–3:10 PM | Speed Sessions/Think Tank: An Opportunity to Interact with Architects

Pitch your own library-specific questions to the architects, hear peer perspectives, and gain insights into possible solutions. Please bring photos, layouts, site plans, or whatever will help clarify your questions. After 20 minutes at one architect's table, you'll move to the next architect to get a new viewpoint.


Engberg Anderson

3:10–3:25 PM | Break

3:25–3:30 PM | Industry Spotlight 3: Tech Logic

3:30–4:15 PM | Expert Panel 2: What's Trending

It's not the latest in 3-D printing. Hear from architects about the bigger picture: the benefits of collocation and mixed-use facilities; the imperative to "refresh" your space both to draw in customers and to deal with decreased funding for major projects; and the need to redefine space in response to changing collections, user expectations, and staff roles.


Jane Dedering, Vice President, HGA
Alexandra Ramsey, Partner, Engberg Anderson


Jacob Grussing, Director, Scott County Library, Shakopee, MN


4:15 PM | Closing Remarks


Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Online reservations: Click here
Rate: $124 USD per night plus applicable taxes
Rate cutoff date: July 30, 2018


Bentz Thompson Rietow Bentz/Thompson/Rietow, Inc. (BTR) is an award-winning architecture, interiors, and urban design firm in Minneapolis. With our emphasis on libraries, higher education and community projects, we have designed and programmed many academic and public libraries, as well as executed library master-plans and feasibility studies. We are dedicated to meeting client needs for design solutions which balance all aspects of a project including aesthetics, function, cost, schedule, and delivery. We are committed to design that achieves Sustainable Building 2030 climate goals.
Engberg Anderson Engberg Anderson, Inc., founded in 1987, has been helping clients for over 30 years. Our 40 person firm is comprised of six partners and four principals with a professional staff who bring together a depth of diverse architectural, interior design and planning experience. Engberg Anderson has been providing library design and planning services for our entire history. We believe that quality space can improve the health, wellbeing, prosperity and identity of people and communities.
HGA Architects HGA is a national multi-disciplinary design firm rooted in architecture and engineering. Founded in 1953, we believe that enduring, impactful design results from deep insight into the people and passions that animate each unique environment. With nine offices nationwide, we partner closely with clients to create award-winning libraries in Minnesota and across the country. See how integrated architecture, engineering, research, technology, and sustainable design can help make a positive impact in your community.
MSR MSR has provided architecture and interior design services for more than 200 libraries across the country. Highlighted projects include the renovated Tulsa City-County Central Library (winner of an AIA/ALA Library Building Award) and reimagined Madison Central Library (winner of an ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award and named a Library Journal New Landmark Library), as well as Missoula Public Library's new Main Library and Hennepin County Library's new Southdale Library (both currently in design).
Agati Agati has spent the last 35 years designing furniture and solving design related problems for Public and Academic Libraries. Agati has helped create some of the most beautiful, functional and long lasting libraries in America. Whether you are building a new facility or simply making a small update to your space, Agati's knowledge and experience can be a great asset to your team and your Library.
bibliotheca At bibliotheca, we support the critical mission of libraries around the globe. Our solutions help libraries connect with their users, engage their communities, and evolve their offerings so they can transform into indispensable, equitable community hubs that inspire creativity, collaboration and life-long learning.
Cordeck Innovative Floor Solutions Cordeck Innovative Floor Solutions®: The permanent cabling distribution and management system for buildings of all types. From commercial offices, data centers, classrooms, and recreational centers with significant demand for flexible wiring options throughout the life of the building, to casinos and government facilities with elevated concerns for cabling security, occupant health, and fire safety, Cordeck In Floor Cellular Raceway Systems are proven to be the most adaptable and economical cable distribution solutions available today.
Tech Logic Since our founding in 1997, Tech Logic has focused exclusively on workflow improving solutions for libraries—100% designed by librarian feedback over those twenty years. Library patrons love the simplicity and convenience of our patented self-checkout and "hands-free" book drop and sorting systems, while sorters, RFID tools and shelf management wands streamline materials handling for library staff. A family-owned, Minnesota-based company, Tech Logic designs, manufactures, installs, maintains, and supports all of its library solutions.

In Partnership with

  Hennepin County Library


Bentz Thompson Rietow Architects Engberg Anderson HGA MSR

Product Sponsors

Agati bibliotheca Cordeck Tech Logic

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