Sarah Meilleur online talk about the design of the Calgary Central Library, December 7, 11 am MST

The ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter is delighted to invite ARLIS/NA members to join us for a virtual talk by Sarah Meilleur, CEO of Calgary Public Library. 

Sarah led the design thinking, completion and launch of Calgary’s Central Library that has seen over three million visitors since opening in November 2018.   Designed by Snøhetta architects, the Central Library was included on Architectural Digest’s list of the 12 most anticipated buildings of 2018.

The virtual presentation will be taking place on Wednesday, December 7th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST on MS Teams.

Please register for this talk by Monday, November 28th, 5 pm MST.  The MS Teams link with be shared with registrants at that time

Sarah is a recognized speaker at international conferences, has authored numerous journal articles, and has lectured at Harvard University on library design.  She believes in supporting the community through volunteering and has served as the vice-chair for the Calgary Heritage Authority, on the Cultural Leadership Council and the Social Wellbeing Advisory Committee.  She was also the recipient of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 award in 2011.  Sarah is passionate about the ways in which public libraries transform lives and she works to foster curiosity, innovation, belonging, and fantastic visitor experiences.

In preparation for Sarah’s presentation please watch the following (short!) videos in advance and come prepared with questions for Sarah.  

Central Library Opening Weekend: Opening Week at Central Library – YouTube 

Indigenous Placemaking 2022: Indigenous Placemaking 2021 | Calgary Public Library – YouTube

The Award for Accessibility | 2019 Calgary Awards | Calgary Public Library, Central Library: The Award for Accessibility | 2019 Calgary Awards | Calgary Public Library, Central Library – YouTube