Reimagining Neilson Library




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Smith College is in the planning phases of a reimagining of Neilson Library, to consider how the college can create "a library for the 21st century" to best serve the changing needs and expectations of the next generation of students and scholars.

Library Program Planning Committee Documents

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How have students, faculty and staff reimagined Neilson Library? What have we learned about how visitors use the library? Information on the planning process, work done by students in class assignments, programming committee documents and reports are available at the Future of the Libraries site.

Video: Reimagining Neilson in the 21st Century

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The New York Historical Society was the setting for a presentation and conversation about “Reimagining Neilson in the 21st Century.” Smith President Kathleen McCartney, Dean and Provost of the College Katherine Rowe and celebrated designer Maya Lin discussed the changing role of college libraries, how the Smith community has been actively engaged in the transformation […]

Symposium Focuses on the Future of Libraries

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French historian and political scientist Patrick Weil founded Libraries Without Borders in 2007 to address what he views as an urgent global undertaking. “Libraries are the main tool for creating equality of opportunity,” says Weil, who is this year’s Global Leader in Residence at Smith. “Yet there are hundreds of millions of people around the […]

“Playback” Sessions on Library Program

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How have students, faculty and staff reimagined Neilson Library? Join members of the Library Program Committee and the design firm Shepley Bulfinch Wednesday, November 18 for a “playback” session of the major themes and ideas that have emerged from this fall’s engagement events. Additional sessions will be held Wednesday, December 16 and Tuesday, January 19. […]

Have a Question About the Neilson Project?

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The Future of the Libraries site has an updated FAQ, with information on Maya Lin’s early insight into the redesign and the college’s plans for housing books during the renovation. You can also submit a question of your own.

Join a Campus Conversation on a Sustainable Library

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The next event in this fall’s series of engagement sessions on reimagining Neilson Library will be held Thursday, November 5, from noon-1:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join a conversation about sustainability and the library with representatives from the library programming sustainability subcommittee, the design firm Shepley Bulfinch, […]

User Engagement Sessions Continue October 21

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The Smith community is invited to share their ideas about a reimagined Neilson Library in a series of themed engagement sessions. These sessions continue October 21 with afternoon discussions on themes including the kind of study spaces that should be available, and making the library accessible and welcoming. The next engagement session, on sustainability, will […]

User Engagement Sessions and Themed Discussions

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Multiple engagement sessions focused on specific aspects of the program for the library will be held throughout the fall. From collections to technology to sustainability, you’re invited to share your thoughts on the reimagining of Neilson. Sessions begin Wednesday, September 22 and continue through the fall semester.  View the schedule of events…

Maya Lin, Carol Wedge Address the Smith Community

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The Smith community gathered September 16 for “A Conversation with Maya Lin,” the first of many discussions among students, faculty and staff about the upcoming redesign of Neilson Library. “There is no design yet,” Lin emphasized, before talking with President Kathleen McCartney and Carol Wedge, principal at Shepley Bulfinch, about “creating a library that meets Smith’s […]

A Conversation With Maya Lin

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Members of the Smith community are invited to meet two key figures—renowned architectural designer Maya Lin and architect Carole Wedge—who will be leading the redesign of the college’s Neilson Library.