Invited Papers

Complexity and Contradiction in Green Architecture

Brook Mueller - Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

A fundamental correspondence exists between the objectives of sustainable architecture and the creation of contemporary environments for research, learning and discovery. There is great interest in the green/sustainable architectural movement in making buildings that perform better – that conserve energy and water, that rely on natural means as much as possible for heating, cooling, lighting and ventilating – and that demonstrate this resourcefulness to its users. The building serves as a didactic tool, not merely a receptacle for learning but its demonstrable aid.
And yet there is something more we can aspire to in the construction of environments that are green and that meaningfully support and embody processes of learning, a dimension that is both difficult to quantify and necessary to a supportive, meaningful and rewarding architecture (one that sustains its ability to delight over many generations). Learning involves taking bearings of one’s territory and organizing its features into coherent and meaningful narratives. Learning also involves acts of extension, of pushing beyond the familiar and embracing the incongruous. Over time that which is immediate and that which at first seems more distant enter into the same space of our imagination.
Architecture at its finest operates similarly; the designer contrives settings that juxtapose the comfortably familiar and features at a remove and initially difficult to comprehend. There is no better example of this than the vast interior landscapes of Hans Scahroun’s Staatsbibliothek in Berlin (1967-78), where the immediacy of one’s environs – a desk, a lamp and a book – provide structure to one’s experience in association with an vast and enveloping, sky-like ceiling-scape that appears without limits. Architecture acts as a cabinet of wonders where one perceives boundaries (the figural outlines of a building’s exterior) and yet also gleans tantalizingly suggestions of that which lies beyond (light at a corner of unfamiliar source). This is the full promise of green architecture in resonance with the joys of learning: the resourceful deployment of finite elements enlisted in a striving for boundlessness.

75th Anniversary Invited Panel: New Roles for the Road Ahead

Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian, Temple University; Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist; Barbara Fister, Professor, Gustavus Adolphus College
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Open Expansion: Connecting the Open Access, Open Data and OER Dots

Heather Joseph – Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

In higher education, the momentum of the burgeoning movement towards "open" continues to gain traction. Advances in the areas of open access to articles, data, and educational resources are increasingly visible on our campuses, and in our libraries. As this push for greater openness continues, these three fronts are intersecting in interesting and potentially transformative ways.  This talk will explore together what is happening in these "open" movements from a practical and policy standpoint; how this will directly impact academia, the research community, and especially, libraries, and examine where the larger “open movement” might be headed.