Creating Your New Library: Library Space Planning 101

When: March 4 – March 24 2024

Where: Zoom Webinar

Cost: $150 (10% discount if you register 2 weeks in advance!)

CE Credit: .6 CEUs / 6 LEUs

Program: 311224


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Are you looking to make a big or small change to your library’s space, but don’t know where to start? Join John Thompson, consultant and author of “WHAT THE $@!! AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO? A Library Building and Space Planning Guidebook.’” In this three part  webinar series, we walk through the initial steps of assessing your current public library spaces, how to lay the foundation for a successful project, and resources and tools to aid you through your journey. Participants will leave feeling more confident and armed with resources to help create a successful project. 

You will learn how to: 

  • Assess your current library space and service needs
  • Create a data driven vision and budget for your new space
  • Develop a support system and buy-in from key stakeholders

Each webinar is presented live, and webinar attendees will also have access to an online course space with webinar recording, additional resources, and optional discussion board. 

  • Part 1: Time to Dream: Assessing Library Space & Service Needs
    Tuesday, March 5 at 1:00-2:00 pm CST
  • Part 2: Creating Your Vision
    Tuesday, March 12 at 1:00-2:00 pm CST
  • Part 3: Making it happen
    Tuesday, March 19 at 1:00-2:00 pm CST

John has over 30 years of public library administration experience including 16 years as the Director of the IFLS Library System (Eau Claire, WI). He regularly consults on all aspects of library administration and planning. As the library system’s building consultant, he has worked with over 30 public libraries on various aspects of space planning and building projects including space needs assessment, architect selection, interior layouts, funding, assisting owner representative at construction meetings, furniture selection, and space re-configurations.

John has presented various webinars and at various conferences including The Association for Rural & Small Libraries and the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries on library buildings and space planning. He was awarded the WLA/DEMCO Librarian of the Year Award in 2021.

John recently launched his own consulting firm JT Library Planning. John can be reached at or on Facebook at for more information regarding his consulting services.