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As a qualified librarian Rob Bruijnzeels has been working in the Public Library sector for many years. He was head of the policy department of the Dutch Public Library Association and founder and 'curator' of an innovative project called Libraries 2040, which in the course of time has developed into a permanent laboratory and a creative learning environment for future libraries. He was responsible for new initiatives, such as The Library of 100 talents (a new concept for the children's library of the future), The Architecture of Knowledge, a cooperation with the Dutch Architecture Institute in which principles for future library architecture are explored and the LibrarySchool, aimed at educating the librarian of the future. Rob wrote numerous books and articles about the future of library work and is a frequent speaker at home and abroad.

Nowadays he is an independent library consultant and also affiliated to the
Ministry of Imagination. The Ministry researches and realizes new types of libraries and library architecture, such as the Chocolate Factory in Gouda (awarded best library in the Netherlands 2015/2016) and the Korenbeurs in Schiedam, al library incorporating a garden that won an award for best interior landscaping project 2015.

Profile:
Rob is always looking for new inspiration and has a keen eye for developments in related sectors and in society in general. They stimulate him to investigate relationships between new developments and the library sector. He is not afraid to experiment and like to explore possibilities and boundaries and is a analytical and innovative thinker. His main motive is the desire to innovate by looking at the essence of librarian craftsmanship. Besides a thorough knowledge of the public library sector, he has organizational skills and is able to make connections, also with other sectors. Rob has a substantial network of contacts within the sector, as well as with other sectors outside the library world.

Projects:

The Library of Senses (2018)

How can we turn the library into a stimulating environment where people are challenged to share inspiration, knowledge and insight? Using your five senses? Read More…

Re-design the library! (2018)

Stuttgart Media University is pleased to announce its LIS Summer School 2018 as a joint project with the Goethe-Institute. The week comprises four seminars approaching the main theme "Libraries of the future contribute to the United Nations Agenda 2030" from different perspectives. It offers opportunities to discuss the mission of libraries of being socially committed, innovative and accessible to all. Read More…

Korenbeurs Library Schiedam (Ministry of Imagination 2015)

De Korenbeurs (Wheat Exchange) in Schiedam is a beautiful classicist building, designed by the Italian-Dutch architect Jan Guidici in 1792. After being leased to companies for many years, it has now become the home of the Public Library, making this listed building freely accessible to all citizens and visitors of Schiedam again. Read More…

Chocolate Factory (Ministry of Imagination 2014)

First thing you notice when entering the Chocolate Factory is people, not books. There’s a happy, bustling atmosphere you don’t expect to find in a library. But this is no ordinary library. The building also houses the Mid-Holland Archive, The Gouda Print Workshop and Restaurant Kruim. They all share a common goal: creating an active and dynamic social setting for the people in Gouda; a place to learn, meet others and exchange ideas. Read More…

Academy of Tomorrow (2013)

The Academy was a project of LOCUS - the focal point for libraries, cultural and community centers, and local culture in Flanders - and is set up as an inspiring learning process. Read More…

Library School (2010 - 2013)

The LibrarySchool was set up as a academic training program for library management functions in public libraries. Read More…

The library of the 100 talents

This is a concept for the youth library of the future. More than ever the library sees itself confronted by fundamental changes in today’s society. Read More…

The architecture of Knowledge (2009)

Information is knowledge. Knowledge is the library’s commodity. As a result it attracts producers and consumers of this knowledge. To survive it should be aware and adaptable to changes and influences in this age of information and communication. Read More…

Bookmark | What if?

What happens if 28 young designers from the famous Deign Academy Eindhoven dedicate themselves for four months to the library of tomorrow? Read More…

A fresh Look at the Library (2006 - 2010)

The wants and needs of today’s society are radically different from those of ten or twenty years ago. Other answers are required. But not answers that are based on fashion or quick gains. Read More…

Libraries 2040 (2000 - now)

The central focus in the ‘libraries 2040’ project is on the future of public libraries. Read More…