by Adrian Franco, LMU and Environmental Studies Certificate Program Student
After a request made to Munich’s library directorate for information on the institution’s planned strategies for future challenges—especially management opinion on how such efforts could be harmonized with communication devices—I was kindly invited to bring fellow students and researchers together with the purpose of launching an interdisciplinary working group on the potential shapes and contents of a future library. The aim of this hands-on project is to reflect on user perspectives in the planning process.
We seek to ask questions in the context of changing technological and organizational working conditions. How should the library of the future look? What promises do calls for more sustainable learning environments hold for students and researchers? These are some of the concerns when it comes to rethinking the design of already existing library buildings—not to mention the planning of entire new buildings, such as the Philologicum by Munich’s Universitätsbibliothek.
The call for participants is currently open. We seek people from a range of backgrounds (architecture, design, humanities, engineering, computer sciences, psychology, pedagogy, etc.) to participate in an initial meeting in autumn, where the library will be used to present the current state of affairs in planning new buildings.
To register or for further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.