Radical Redesign of Library Spaces
Meeting the Changing Needs of the our Public
Rethinking Space: The Princeton Public Library Story
In this colloquium we hear how Princeton Public Library is radically redesigning its space to better serve the changing information needs and information seeking behaviors of the public. Join Leslie Burger, founder of Library Development Services and former executive director of the Princeton Public Library along with Princeton Public Library's Assistant Director, Erica Bess and Development Director, Janet Simon along with Architect Andrew Berman as we explore the connection between design thinking, space planning and information needs, plus hear the tale of how one library is adapting.
7:00 - 7:05 - Welcome - Joyce Valenza
7:05 - 7:30 - Opening Remarks from our Panelists
7:30 - 8:15 - The Princeton Library Story - Panel Discussion
8:05 - 8:15 - Dialogue with the Public Library Directors
8:15 - 8:25 - Q & A with the Audience
8:25 - 8:30 - Closing Remarks
Leslie Burger - Panelist
Leslie Burger is the founding partner of Library Development Solutions, a Princeton based consulting firm founded in 1991. Until recently she was the executive director of the Princeton Public Library where she helped plan, design and secure the funding required for a new library that opened in 2004. In the last 18 months she led the effort for Princeton’s 2Reimagine project including design, funding and eliciting community support. Leslie is also an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers where she teaches management and leadership in the LIS concentration in SCI’s Masters of Information Science Program.
Leslie served as president of the American Library Association from July 2006 through June 2007 where she sponsored a variety of initiatives focused on how libraries transform communities they serve. She also served as president of the New Jersey and Connecticut Library Associations. Leslie attended library school at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland and also has a master’s degree in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT. She received her BS from Southern Connecticut State College.
Erica Bess - Panelist
Janet Simon - Panelist
Janet Simon is the development director at Princeton Public Library, and the project manager for the library’s $3M 2Reimagine renovation project. With former executive director, Leslie Burger, Janet has played a key role in the strategic planning and implementation for the library’s 2Reimagine Building Campaign and design project.
Janet has a 23 year professional background in architectural practice and was a partner of McCoy and Simon Architects for 18 years prior to joining the library staff. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in history and earned her Master of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc). She was the recipient of the AIA Gold Medal medal and thesis prize and won a national competition for the John Dinkeloo Traveling Fellowship sponsored by the National Institute for Architectural Education and the American Academy in Rome. McCoy and Simon Architects also earned Arizona AIA merit and honor awards for residential projects.
Andrew Berman - Panelist
Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts from Yale College and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture in 1988 where he was awarded the Takenaka Komuten Traveling Fellowship in Osaka, Japan. In 2010, Andrew received the Emerging Voices Award given by the Architectural League of New York, and in 2014 was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.