Creating Space: Expanding the Physical, Digital, and Mental Boundaries of the Academic Library

Planned by Jack Young, Fiona Inglis, and Chris Landry

April 29, 2016

Inn on the Twenty – Jordan, ON


Space is the blank canvas on which we imagine the organizations, communities, and societies we want to be a part of.

Libraries play an integral role in exploring, shaping, and creating such space. Whether physical or virtual, personal or collaborative, mental or emotional, the multiple dimensions of library space set the stage for the work we do.

As priorities shift and academic culture evolves, conceptions of library space must be flexible: able to expand, contract, or completely transform. Whether we’re making the most out of shrinking budgets and limited physical space, or increasing our impact through online education and accessible content, examples of innovative spaces abound!

Keynote: Jutta Treviranus

Inclusive Spaces: Libraries and the Jutta_Treviranus_HeadshotThree Dimensions of Inclusive Design

Digital inclusion and access to knowledge are essential to participation and survival in a digitally transformed society. Libraries play a crucial role as social safety nets and stewards of public interest in the ever more complex territory communities must navigate. This talk will explore the growing importance of libraries in mitigating widening disparity and guiding informed collective decisionsthat support inclusion.

Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto.  Jutta established the IDRC in 1993 (formerly the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre) as a center of expertise that proactively promotes an inclusive socio-technical future. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute, a multi-university regional centre of expertise. Jutta founded an innovative graduate program in inclusive design at OCAD University.
Jutta is the co-director of Raising the Floor International. She leads international multi-partner research networks that have created broadly implemented innovations that support inclusion e.g., Fluid Project, FLOE, and many others. Jutta and her team have pioneered network-supported personalization as an approach to accessibility in the digital domain. She has played a leading role in developing accessibility legislation, standards and specifications internationally (including W3C WAI ATAG, IMS AccessForAll, ISO 24751, and AODA Information and Communication). Jutta’s leadership in Inclusive Design has been recognized through a number of awards, including a Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognition as one of Canada’s top 45 over 45 by Zoomer Magazine.

Lightning Talks

Presenter(s) Session title
Kevin Manuel – Data Librarian, Ryerson University Out and Proud: Digitizing LGBTQ+ Histories at Ryerson
Zack MacDonald – Librarian, St. Jerome’s University Why Stop At Space? Reinventing the Identity of a Small Academic Library
Wayne Johnston – Librarian, University of Guelph The Library in the Field
Sandra Shoufani – Liaison Librarian, Faculty of Continuing & Professional Studies, Sheridan College Expanding Library Liaison programs to non-traditional faculties:  Hurdles and opportunities in Continuing Education
Joanna Blair – Teaching and Learning Librarian, Seneca CollegeLydia Tsai – Metadata Librarian, Seneca College Inviting all artists: Creating space for zines
Monica S. Fazekas – Student Engagement and Outreach Librarian, Western University Western Libraries’ “Bash Outside the Stacks”: An Outdoor Pop-up Library Space
Juliene McLaughlin – User Experience Librarian, University of Guelph 5 Things UG’s UX Team has Learned About our Users
Susanna Galbraith – Virtual Services Librarian, McMaster Health Sciences LibraryStephanie Sanger – Clinical Services Librarian, McMaster Health Sciences Library Expanding the boundaries of our library’s virtual space: building a new collaborative web governance model
Kristen Lemay – Liaison Librarian, Brescia University College Clueing into Research Skills: Escape Rooms in Academic Libraries


Little Box of Calm Results (PDF)

Physical Space Activity (PowerPoint)

Digital Space Activity (PowerPoint)

Mental Space Activity (PowerPoint)