Jakob Guillois Lærkes, Director of Gladsaxe Libraries
Building Libraries for Tomorrow
Building and working in modern libraries is a challenging and complex business. The core of the presentation is based on a new report that explores 17 libraries from 12 countries who, in the past five years, have been involved in library building projects identified as best practice examples. What are the findings? What are the key vision statements? What are the trends impacting on libraries? What is the role of the libraries of tomorrow? And what characteristics and elements of physical space should libraries focus on? What we see is a massive shift from space planning for collections, to a strong focus on design for people and community. How do we accomodate that shift?
Jakob Guillois Lærkes is Director of Gladsaxe Libraries, Denmark, and former Director of Ørestad Library and Blågården Library. His main interests are design of library spaces and service, change management and, in general, development of future libraries. As Director of Orestad Library, Jakob was in charge of designing a modern library which offers self service and caters for both the nearby school, high school and the local community. As Director of Blågården Library, Jakob took the lead in developing a library targeted at young people and their specific needs. In Gladsaxe, Jakob is now dedicated to the task of converting a main library, four branch libraries and a commercial movietheater into cultural hubs for the local community. Jakob is an experienced guest speaker and member of the International Network of Emerging Innovators (INELI) – a network of leaders with shared vision of public libraries in the 21st century.