Participants 2014

Lisbeth Rasmussen: How can the physical design express and display the learning space


My name is Lisbeth Rasmussen. I am Head of the library at The Royal School of Library and Information Science in Copenhagen, Denmark.

My institution The Royal School of Library and Information Science has just merged with the University of Copenhagen. This means that our library will be a part of the collected service for the much larger university library. The challenge for me – and probably for other small academic libraries in the same situation – is to unite the advantages from both library systems: to utilize the larger system to solve certain complex issues for instance access to huge electronic resources and to continue to be an active and integrated part of the institution where we are very close to our users.

In two years we will move to a newly built building and have to establish a new library – it is a big challence and opportunity to new thinking about the role of the academic library relation to the physical design. My primary focus will be how the physical design can express and display the learning space. Will it be a library nearly without books, and what about the roles for the librarians?

Best regards,


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