Kevin Hennah

Kevin Hennah has worked closely with libraries since 2002 on strategies to maintain relevance, maximise productivity of space and improve presentation. During this time he has carried out onsite consultations at approximately 1000 libraries internationally.

Kevin’s understanding of the operational requirements of libraries is coupled with practical advice that is sensitive to budget restrictions and challenges traditional thinking. He is the Author of The Victorian Public Libraries’ Image Handbook and the featured author in Re-think, Ideas for Inspiring School Library Design.

Challenging traditional ideas, Kevin has input into the design of dozens of new libraries internationally, as well as providing guidance on the coordination of self-managed makeovers at all budget-levels. He has also helped clients achieve a significant increase in usage by creating what he refers to as the ‘Post-Internet Library’ – a level playing ground between print, digital and online resources.

Kevin Hennah has developed a suite of library-specific workshops and conference presentations that explore innovations in library design, layout, furnishings, navigation and signage. Toured throughout Australia each year, these have also been delivered in The USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Belgium, Romania, Doha & Dubai.

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Pre Conference Workshop: Cultural Weeding

Kevin Hennah has worked with hundreds of libraries internationally over 10 busy years. Cultural Weeding will fuse the best initiatives he has found with his ideas on what needs to change in order for libraries to remain relevant. Library culture, image, promotion and resources are all put under the spotlight, as Kevin poses his thought-provoking ideas on why we need to weed more than just print!

Lack of space? Most libraries claim to need more space, yet most are collecting both resources and services faster than they are weeding them.

Lack of time? Challenging systems, culture and practices may be your most effective and inexpensive solution to create time.

Building or renovating? This workshop will highlight why we cannot continue to build a contemporary veneer around traditional ideas.

Online resources moved the goal posts! For print to compete, library display, signage and promotion must be challenged.

Time for an image overhaul? Be inspired by innovative ideas at all budget levels