Guest Blog Post for Campus Master Plan (CMP)

This month’s Campus Master Plan blog post comes courtesy of Martha Whitehead, Queen’s University Librarian and Chair of the Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP) Steering Group. The CMP project team has been working closely with Martha and the LAMP Consultant Team to ensure both planning efforts complement and inform one another. In her post, Martha writes about the importance and changing face of libraries, their central role in the Queen’s campus experience, and some of the key directions of the forthcoming Library & Archives Master Plan.

See the guest blog post by Martha Whitehead, Queen’s University Librarian on the CMP blog.

Library and Archives of the Future

Queen’s has embarked on a major redevelopment: imagining the Queen’s Library and Archives of the future.

The LAMP Steering Group is collaborating with a core team of internationally respected  expert consultants in a rigorous and imaginative planning exercise to develop Queen’s Library and Archives Master Plan.  CS&P Architects are specialists in education, Reich + Petch Architects are collection specialists and Aaron Cohen Associates, library specialists. This core team will be supported by a group of subconsultants in key disciplines including costing, engineering, heritage, audiovisual and information technology. The LAMP Steering Group is working with the lead planning partner CS&P Architects to develop a clear understanding of space needs and opportunities in both the Library and the Archives. The Master Plan Report will guide future planning and identify priorities for future investments.

Queen’s Library and the Archives invite all stakeholders of the Queen’s community to attend the upcoming project overview presentation on Thursday, November 29th, 9:00 – 9:45 am, Robert Sutherland Hall Rm. 202. This presentation will kick off two days of intensive consultation with all Queen’s stakeholders. CS&P, will facilitate discussion sessions with staff groups relating to each library, the Archives, collections, information technology and academic services (reference/information, teaching, research services).  Other group sessions include QLC partners, faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and university operations (campus planning, security, etc).

Queen’s encourages you to engage in the re-visioning of Queen’s Library & Archives campus network. Imagine your Queen’s Library & Archives of the future and help us build it.

Consider these questions:

Please share your ideas in person or online with our planning partners.


Welcome to the Library and Archives Master Plan. This project launched in May 2012 and this site will provide information and updates along the way.

The first step of the process is a Request for Proposals for a planning partner. This work is happening over the summer of 2012, with the expectation that a partner will be selected and ready to go by October 2012. The planning partner will then work with the steering group to engage Queen’s students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators and the local community in considering the future of academic research libraries and archives and in providing ideas for the services and amenities to be provided in the physical facilities of the Library and the Archives.

When completed, the Library and Archives Master Plan will provide high-level options and recommendations for the development of the Library’s and Archives’ facilities. Each option proposed will be accompanied with cost estimates and a weighted list of constraints and opportunities.  The Library and Archives Master Plan will be presented in a concise, updatable format, both on the web and in print, which will aid with future redevelopment efforts and possible donor solicitation.

The LAMP Steering Group welcomes your questions and comments!