Harvard insights to inform IGS Bibiothèque plans

Through freezing temperatures and snow, IGS Head of Library Services Glynis Martin and Primary Teacher Librarian Karen McBride recently attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Insights gleaned from the Library Leadership in a Digital Age symposium will inform plans for the future IGS Bibiothèque, an imaginative library and flexible learning centre, spanning two levels at the heart of the Reg St Leon Building.

“What an incredible professional development and personal experience!” Ms McBride said.

“Glynis and I set off with the aim of exploring best-practice and cutting-edge collective knowledge from around the world, to assist with optimal design and delivery recommendations for our new library of the future, the IGS Bibiothèque.”

Award-winning architects BVN who have been working in collaboration with the School to develop the Global Learning Centre for the teaching and learning of languages and finalise our master plan framework, will also be leading the Bibiothèque project.

The Bibiothèque will mark the next phase of the campus redevelopment project, following the Global Learning Centre, and design concepts will progress over coming months.

“More than 60 delegates from schools, public and tertiary institutions arrived at the symposium,” Ms McBride said. “Attendees came from across the globe, including Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Canada, Australia and the US.”

The symposium was carried out over three days, offering a range of thought-provoking forums.

“We participated in highly engaging presentations and discussions on a range of topics including library leadership in a time of digital transformation, the challenges and opportunities for information delivery, library design for the 21st century, and the future of physical assets and digital preservation,” Ms McBride said.

“The conference concluded with a creative problem solving discussion and activity on the future of libraries, titled What Now? What Next?”

“The future of libraries in this digital age is about collaboration, adaptability, flexibility, advocacy, community partnerships and fun,” Ms McBride said.

“Our valuable contacts from around the world will continue to provide inspiration, guidance and ongoing support as we go about this journey of change.

“We are excited, energised and can’t wait to commence the planning of the new IGS Bibiothèque over the coming months!”