A place for everything: a personal view of library architecture

A place for everything: a personal view of library architecture

Whyte Lectures
Wednesday, 07 September 2011
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)

Drawing upon six decades wandering around libraries and three decades helping plan them, Dr Jones will reflect on the evolution of library spaces. He will identify planning and design fashions and describe some of the forces which continue to shape libraries as 'people places'. Looking to the future,  he  will  set out some essential factors in planning libraries and kindred facilities for ever-changing functions and new generations of users.

About the speaker

Dr David J Jones
Dr David J Jones

MA (Oxon), Dip Lib, PhD (UNSW), FALIA had a long career with the State Library of New South Wales. He was a reference librarian in the General Reference and Mitchell Libraries at the State Library before coordinating the 1983-1988 new building and refurbishing project. From 1989 he led the Library's  building  consultancy  service, providing advice on over 250 library projects in Australia and overseas.

Dr Jones has written widely on Australian library history, reference works and library planning, and was co-author with Jean P Whyte of Uniting a profession, an account of the Australian Institute of Librarians, the forerunner of the Australian Library and Information Association. He retired from the Library in 2008 and is now an independent library planning consultant.

Jean Whyte lecture 2012
Left to right: Prof. Ron Weber,
Dr David Jones, Brian McMullin
and A/Prof Arthur de Bono

We hope to see you there.

Professor Ron Weber
Dean, Faculty of Information Technology

Professor Shane Murray
Dean, Faculty of Art & Design

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