Join Ithaka S+R in Portland before ACRL for a workshop with Nancy Fried Foster. Registration for this March 25 workshop is now open at

Physical space, often at the heart of a campus, is one of the greatest assets of many academic and research libraries. In this age of expanding online and on-screen information use, libraries continue to provide places for storing and using legacy materials while offering new kinds of spaces for serving and consulting electronic resources and for conducting technology-enhanced learning and scholarly collaborations. The regular reexamination of how spaces are utilized provides an important opportunity for library leaders to improve support for research, teaching, and learning, while extending and enhancing community relationships.

This workshop is designed to help library leaders drive evidence-based decisions about redesigning and renovating their physical spaces. Participants are encouraged to bring data pertaining to their college or university library for group discussion, such as space usage, survey findings, and user study results. The workshop format will include the following components:

  • An overview of research findings to contextualize this issue and frame some of the key questions that individual institutions may wish to address;
  •  Group discussion of strategies for incorporating evidence most effectively into institutional decision-making on this topic;
  •  Facilitated planning for evidence-based decision-making on space and facilities issues.

As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to enhance the evidence available to them in support of space planning and will improve their decision-making about space design and renovation.

The workshop will run from 9:00 am to noon, and a light breakfast will be served at 8:30 am.

Registration is capped at 24. Ithaka S+R’s local survey participants receive a reduced rate at this workshop.


Courtyard by Marriott

Portland Downtown/Convention Center

435 N.E. Wasco

Portland, OR 97232


Wednesday, March 25 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM (PST)

Registration fees:

$125 for Ithaka S+R’s local surveys participants

$250 for other registrants

Please contact Kimberly Lutz at if you have questions about registering.