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Building Basics Webinar Series: Know Your Library – An Introduction to Library Buildings from the Facilities Management Perspective
Tuesday, November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
This webinar series is comprised of four 60-minute sessions, November 1 to December 13, 2022, at noon, every other Tuesday.
Specially tailored for library supervisors and managers (but open to all levels of library workers), this four part webinar series introduces basic concepts and terminology of construction, building management, and building maintenance as they relate to the library environment. Attendees will gain a better understanding of their physical surroundings, improve equity within the library space, identify potential building issues, communicate more effectively with building maintenance personnel, respond appropriately to critical building issues and emergencies, and use lessons learned for better decision-making when planning building improvements and budgeting.
By the end of this series, attendees will:
- Understand terminology for use with building professionals (i.e. building trade workers, architects, designers, planners, inspectors, vendors, etc.)
- Learn basic building concepts and principles as they pertain to library operations
- Navigate effectively through complex building management problems and processes
- Develop inter-departmental and external relationships to maximize outcomes
- Apply learned material in “real world” library environments
- Stay pertinent, attentive, and “at the table” when advocating for libraries
Webinar Series Information:
Session #1 – November 1 @ noon: Know Your Library – An Introduction to Library Buildings from the Facilities Management Perspective
This webinar will introduce you to library buildings from the facilities management perspective. We’ll look at conditions impacting library buildings, perceptions, and truths. Also, we’ll discuss the roles library staff play in library facility management.
Session #2 – November 15 @ noon: Inner Workings – A Close Look at Library Building Design and Key Systems
This webinar will introduce the fundamentals of library building design, including types of construction, building components, materials, and systems. Additionally, we’ll talk about how those parts interact to create safe and comfortable libraries.
Session #3 – November 29 @ noon: Wear and Tear – Signs of Disrepair, Causes, and Ways to Avoid Building Issues
This webinar will show you common causes of building issues and contributing factors to disrepair. Additionally, it will introduce methods to avoid costly repairs through effective building management/maintenance.
Session #4 – December 13 @ noon: Building Relationships – Knowing Your Partners within Library Facility Management
This webinar will identify typical contributors to the upkeep of the library and the roles they commonly play (i.e. purchasing, building and safety, inspection, permitting, etc.). It will also serve as an overview of typical building-related processes and suggest ways to effectively improve relationships with those contributors.
This webinar series is intended for library workers to better understand their physical workspace and to provide foundational knowledge for intelligent decision-making.
Wondering if you have to sign up for the whole series, or if you can pick and choose webinars? While we recommend taking part in the whole series, we have set it up so participants can sign up for individual weeks if that works best for their schedule.
While registration is unlimited for this series, attendance in each session is limited to the first 100 people who join a session.
This webinar series will be recorded, and the recordings, slides, and any other resources will be available via links added to this page within 24 hours after each webinar occurs.
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Speaker’s slides will be available the morning of each webinar session.
Presented by :: Carlos Baffigo