Nancy Fried Foster delivers keynote address at the LAUNCCH Conference in Chapel Hill

Nancy Fried Foster has been invited to give the keynote address on “Designing Academic Libraries for New Ways of Research” at the Library Association of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (LAUNCCH) Conference on March 10, 2014.

What if we could build a new kind of book that is not based on the codex? And what if we could build a new kind of research library that is not based on shelves and lecterns? Such a project would require that we study and understand new ways of conducting research and how the library fits into emerging work practices of faculty members, students, and other scholars today. Dr. Foster will discuss ways that this knowledge is already being gained through ethnographic methods that librarians can use with modest training and guidance. Dr. Foster will propose a way of designing libraries that departs from precedent and seeks new metaphors—beyond the shelf and the codex—for use in the design process. Actual projects and information about traditions in library design will provide the context for this speculative presentation.

When: Monday, March 10
Where: The William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC