Klaus U. Werner


Klaus Ulrich Werner

Resumé: Klaus Ulrich Werner (born in 1956) is a library director at the Freie Universitaet Berlin. University Degree in Library and Information Science, Ph.D. He served as Academic librarian at several University libraries of Freie Universität Berlin (1991-2000) as well as project manager for the “Philologische Bibliothek” called “The Berlin Brain” designed by Lord Norman Foster (opened in 2005), head librarian since then. He is member of the commission for library and archive building guidelines of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN). He has published various books and articles on library building and equipment and on library management and serves as consultant in various library topics, in particular library building, reorganization and change management. His latest publication is a book about “The Green Library. The challenge of environmental sustainability”.


International publications, papers, lectures & workshops
Libraries as learning space – and as a place, where everyone likes to be. National Library of Vietnam. Hanoi (Vietnam).
Restructuring the library: modern and contemporary techniques in redesigning libraries. 4th National Congress of Special Libraries of the Philippines. Baguio City (Philippines).
Bibliotheca sem barreiras – o acesso fisico, social e cultural. Bibliothecas – Seminário Internacional: O papel da biblioteca e da leitura no desenvolviemento da sociedade. Porto Alegre (Brasil).
A biblioteca como lugar de aprendiazagem no sécolo XXI. UFC, Fortalezza (Brasil).
Libraries as Green Buildings. Designing and managing an environmentally sustainable library in Germany. Low Carbon Earth Summit-2013. Xian (China).
“Dear Architect, …” – A Librarians View. In: European Libraries Now. WA World Architecture 273 (03/2013), Beijing: Tsinghua University. S. 18-19.
Good Library Space to Promote Information Literacy. BOBCATSSS-Conference “Turning Libraries ‘Inside-Out’. Ankara (Turkey)
Library as place in the digital age. 25th Congress of Librarianship of Brasil. Florianopolis (Brazil).
Werner, Klaus Ulrich, Hauke, Petra u. Latimer, Karen (Eds.): The Green Library. Designing and managing environmentally sustainable libraries. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Saur, 2013. (IFLA Publication Series 161).
Werner, Klaus Ulrich u. Hauke, Petra: The second hand library building. Sustainable thinking through recycling old buildings into new libraries. In: IFLA Journal 38(2012)No. 1, p. 60-67.
“Designing good library space to promote information literacy”. 78th IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Helsinki 11.-17.8.2012 [Posterpresentation].
June, 13th-15th: Innovation management in Libraries (Workshop), Goethe-Institute Taschkent (Usbekistan).
September, 19th: Sustainability in Library Building and Management. Pudong Library, Shanghai (China).
September, 9th: Secondhand Library Building. Tsinghua University, Beijing (China).
Shanghai (China).
September, 8th: Sustainability in Library Building and Management. Nankai University, Tianjin (China).
September, 7th: Sustainability in Library Building and Management. Capital Library, Beijing (China).
August, 18th: The Second Hand Library Building. Sustainable thinking through recycling old buildings into new libraries. 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, San Juan (Puerto Rico).
August, 10th-15th: Read more – search less. Posterpräsentation auf der 76th IFLA World Library Information Congress, Gothenburg [Poster].
July, 8th: Future-oriented new Library Buildings in Germany – Examples and Major Trends. Goethe-Institute New Delhi (India).
July, 3rd 2010: Future-oriented new Library Buildings in Germany – Examples and Major Trends. National Library of India, Kolkata (India).

Klaus U. Werner takes part in the 14th CNBA Day with a speech on Libraries as Green Buildings: Designing and Managing an Environmentally Sustainable Library in Germany.


SPQR-ND: interpreting the Roman Forum through early architectural publications

SPQR-ND: Interpreting the Roman Forum Through Early Architectural Publications

Speaker: Viveca Pattison Robichaud

Abstract: The University of Notre Dame’s Architecture Library, School of Architecture, and the Center for Digital Scholarship developed the SPQR-ND iPad Application which is now freely available for download in the iPad App Store.

This project started because of student desire to access the rare and antique architectural publications from our Ryan Rare Book Room that include plans, sections, and elevations of important buildings and monuments in the historic city center of Rome while studying in Rome during their third year and grew into a new model to study historic structures.

The Architecture Library’s rare book collection houses many important publications that document the historic city center of Rome and the Roman Forum including Andrea Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura (1570), Antoine Babuty Desgodets’ Les Édifices Antiques de Rome, Dessinés et Mesurés Très Exactement (1682), Domenico de’ Rossi’s Stvdio d’Architettvra Civile (1702-1721), Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Varie Vedute di Roma (1748), and George Ledwell Taylor and Edward Cresy’s The Architectural Antiquities of Rome (1874). These texts, among others, were digitized and made available in full-text searchable PDF format on the Architecture Library’s website under “Digitized Rare Books” (http://library.nd.edu/architecture/ DigitizedRareBooks.shtml).

While this solved the problem of providing access to these rare volumes to our students abroad, we were interested in combining the historic methods of documenting and representing the built environment found in these texts with mapping and mobile applications as a way to bring the library into the field.

Our goal was to provide students, scholars, and the general public with the opportunity to study the monuments of the Roman Forum through this important collection of early architectural publications and create a unique way to visualize the development of Rome. With over 1,500 buildings and monuments digitized, we knew that we needed to start with a project that we could achieve and that could stand as a model to be expanded on and refined going forward, so we focused specifically on the Roman Forum. Architecture students who work in the library were involved with the process and plan and worked gathering, collecting and presenting the data while the team built a deliverable model. Based on a suggestions from the Dean of the School of Architecture we called our project SPQR-ND. Our project provides the fully digitized publications virtually broken apart in order to study different By Viveca Pattison Robichaud, University of Notre Dame

SPQR-ND Home Screen. SPQR-ND Map Homepage. SPQR-ND Layers, Nolli map layered on 2013 Satellite View. interpretations of particular monuments in the Forum sideby-side. The SPQR-ND app is designed to allow access to historic documentation of the monuments through either a map view or with a browsable list. Each monument entry contains a historic drawing and a current photograph, which the viewer can fade between, demonstrating the transition over time and showing the current state of the monument. Each of the historic plates is zoomable and each monument features multiple representations. Bibliographic information on each plate is given allowing the viewer to find the plate within the context of the original volume, either in-person or digitally from the Architecture Library’s website. Each monument in the SPQR-ND app is geolocated, which enables the user to understand not just their design but also their physical placement in the Forum through visualizing them on a map. The app also includes layers of historic maps of Rome. These maps, Giambattista Nolli’s 1748 map, Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s 1778 map, Taylor-Cresy’s 1874 map, a 2013 satellite map, and a hand drawn map of the Roman Forum by fourth year architecture student Michi Aman, are presented together as layers, which the viewer can fade through to see changes over time as represented by cartographers. The user is able to compare visually the different historic conceptions of the layout of Rome. This project started at the request of our students who study in Rome, and we have involved students in each phase of the process, from scanning the texts, virtually breaking apart the volumes to pull out the buildings and monuments, geolocating them in Rome, and creating content for the app. Students who work on the app are given attribution for their work within the app itself, and we have a waiting list of students interested in working for the Architecture Library because they want to work on these projects. Future plans for the SPQR-ND app include not only making it available on an iPhone, but also adding additional monuments and buildings within the center of Rome, translating the app into multiple languages, and developing a 3D viewer that will allow users to study highquality scanned data stitched together to create a virtual monument. For those interested in learning more about the SPQR-ND app, it will be presented in the Emerging Technologies Forum at the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, this upcoming March. 

Green library suppliers – partners for Green libraries

Green library suppliers – partners for Green libraries

Speaker: Andreas Ptack

Director of EKZ Marketing and Sales, Head of the department Library Equipment / Library Interiors

AbstractAgainst the background of globalization and a new awareness by customers, sustainability and environmental management have become more and more important.

In 2011 ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH, the largest German library supplier, implemented an environmental management strategy and achieved DIN EN ISO 14001 certification. This certification is becoming as important as the certification ISO 9001, which is an international measure of requirements for quality management systems. The DIN 14001 standard supports companies in systemology, and well-documented, objective and continual evaluation of their environmental performance.

This presentation focusses on environmental management and describes the basic considerations to be taken into account before introducing such a management approach. It describes the enterprise ekz and the steps to be taken throughout the process. To conclude, the next stage in the process is described and a view of where the business is going in terms of environmental awareness is outlined.

Sabina Magrini

Laureata in Lettere (Università degli Studi di Roma, “La Sapienza”, 1993), si è diplomata al corso biennale di Paleografia greca presso la Scuola Vaticana di Paleografia, Diplomatica e Archivistica (1994) e alla Scuola di Specializzazione per conservatori di beni archivistici e librari della civiltà monastica (Università degli Studi di Cassino, 1997); ha conseguito il titolo di Dottore di ricerca in Paleografia greca e latina (Università degli Studi di Roma, “La Sapienza”, 2000).

Parma, 08.12.2013 - Rubrica, un parmigiano al giorno. Sabina Magrini, 44 anni. direttore biblioteca Palatina.. FOTO MARCO VASINI (copyright) Cell. 339.4333787 E-mail vasinimarco@libero.it

Sabina Magrini (foto courtesy: Marco Vasini copyright – vasinimarco@libero.it)

È nei ruoli del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali come Bibliotecario Direttore dal 1999 e quale Dirigente dal 2010.

Attualmente dirige il Segretariato regionale del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo per l’Emilia Romagna.

Ha avuto esperienze di insegnamento presso l’Università degli Studi di Chieti (2003). I suoi articoli di carattere biblioteconomico, pubblicati in riviste di carattere professionale (Biblioteche Oggi, Digitalia, Accademie e Biblioteche d’Italia), vertono perlopiù sulla organizzazione e gestione di banche dati relative al materiale manoscritto; le sue ricerche e pubblicazioni relative alla storia del libro riguardano principalmente l’evoluzione delle forme scrittorie e della produzione libraria tra XI e XIV secolo in ambito Occidentale.

Tra i suoi saggi più recenti vanno annoverati gli articoli pubblicati in riviste internazionali quali Codices Manuscripti (2005), Manuscripta (2007), e nella raccolta Form and Function in the Late Medieval Bible, edito da R. Gameson e pubblicato da Brill nella collana Manuscript World (2013).

Interviene alla Giornata CNBA 2015 introducendo il contributo Dal libro alla mappa… e ritorno: il collegamento tra Catalogo e cartografia dei beni architettonici in Emilia-Romagna come esempio di collaborazione per la valorizzazione di Ilaria Di Cocco.

Dal libro alla mappa …e ritorno

Dal libro alla mappa… e ritorno: il collegamento tra Catalogo e cartografia dei beni architettonici in Emilia-Romagna come esempio di collaborazione per la valorizzazione. 

RelatoreIlaria Di Cocco, Responsabile Ufficio Paesaggio Segretariato Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici dell’Emilia Romagna.

Abstract: Le biblioteche di architettura del polo bolognese stanno sperimentando la possibilità di utilizzare come ulteriore elemento di catalogazione il codice identificativo dei beni architettonici emiliano-romagnoli presenti all’interno della cartografia informatizzata WebGis sviluppata dalla Segretariato regionale per l’Emilia-Romagna del MiBACT. Sarà così possibile legare fra loro i libri incentrati sullo stesso monumento o serie di monumenti, collegati con la localizzazione e la schedatura degli stessi e, viceversa, partire dal territorio e dal suo patrimonio culturale per giungere alla bibliografia più aggiornata che lo descrive.

L’intervento sarà introdotto da Sabina Magrini, Dirigente, Segretario regionale del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo per l’Emilia Romagna.

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From books to maps round trip: a cooperation between OPAC bibliographic records and architectural heritage mapping.

SpeakerIlaria Di Cocco, Head, Office of Landscape, Regional Secretariat for Emilia-Romagna of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Abstract: The Architecture Libraries, that belong to the Bologna’s library network node, are testing – as an additional cataloguing entry to the knowledge of architectural Emilia-Romagna heritage – the applications offered by WebGis developed by the Emilia-Romagna Regional Secretariat of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, in order to link any single monument or architectural complex to its related bibliography.

The speech is introduced by Sabina Magrini, Dirigente, Segretario regionale del Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo per l’Emilia Romagna.

Andreas Ptack


Andreas Ptack

Resumé: Andreas Ptack is Director of EKZ Marketing and Sales, Head of the department Library Equipment / Library Interiors; works @ekz since 9 years.

Contacts:  ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH – Bismarckstraße 3, 72764 Reutlingen, Germany

Tel +49-7121-144240; Email: Andreas.ptack(at)ekz.de

He takes part in the 14th CNBA Day with the speech on Green library suppliers – partners for Green libraries.

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Curriculum: Andreas Ptack dirige il settore Marketing e Vendite dell’EKZ ed è Direttore del Dipartimento “Forniture per biblioteche/Interni di biblioteche”; lavora per EKZ da 9 anni.

Contatti:  ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH – Bismarckstraße 3, 72764 Reutlingen, Germany

Tel +49-7121-144240; Email: Andreas.ptack(at)ekz.de

Andrea Ptack interviene alla 14a Giornata CNBA con l’intervento Fornitori “verdi” di biblioteche – partner per biblioteche “verdi”.

Libraries as Green Buildings

Libraries as Green Buildings: Designing and Managing an Environmentally Sustainable Library in Germany.

Speaker: Dr. Klaus U. Werner
Head Librarian
Freie Universitaet Berlin, Philological Library, Dept. of Humanities, Germany

Abstract: The “Brain” is the striking metaphor given to the Philological Library at Berlin’s Free University designed by the world famous architect Lord Norman Foster. This does refer to its shape, its exterior and interior structure, which is an architectural consequence of building a library with low energy costs. The heating and ventilation of this kind of dome is cheaper than a rectangular structure because of there is less space, less cubic meters. For the Philological Library, a new energy-saving ventilation and temperature control concept was developed that allows natural ventilation of the building. In addition of a concrete core temperature control, there is no need of a traditional air conditioning with its high consumption of energy. The building was fitted with a double shell of aluminum panels and sun protection glass outside for this purpose (and an inner skin of white fabric), with the ceiling cavity thus created serving as an air supply and exhaust system: membranes on the interior of the dome, and air vents on the exterior. Depending on different weather conditions, certain sections can thus be completely opened or closed. This additional temperature control is carried out by means of a network of plastic pipes laid in the concrete shafts and the intermediate floor of the five levels of the building. Warm or cold water is conducted through them as required. The district heating network supplies the energy. The library is not only a spectacular “green” building, but a location with very good climate conditions – by low costs.

Concorso: “Fai la differenza in Biblioteca” (scad. 15.06.2015)

fai-la-differenza-inIn occasione della Giornata di studio del CNBA “La Biblioteca inForma”, il Coordinamento Nazionale delle Biblioteche di Architettura in collaborazione con “Bioarchitettura” bandisce il concorso « Fai la “differenza” in
Biblioteca: trasformala in una “Green Library” »
per la progettazione di una locandina, a colori in formato pdf, che inviti l’utenza delle biblioteche a effettuare la raccolta differenziata di rifiuti.

Destinatari: STUDENTI, dottorandi, neolaureati (da max 1 anno) di architettura, ingegneria, comunicazione, design, arte e DAMS.

Termine di scadenza: 15 GIUGNO 2015

Modalità di partecipazione: spedire la locandina (dimensioni: A4 verticale) in formato PDF a:

raffaella.inglese@unibo.it con i recapiti (nome, cognome, cellulare ecc.)

Premio: un abbonamento annuale a «BIOARCHITETTURA».

Premiazione18 Giugno 2015, ore 9.30 presso l’Aula Magna della Facoltà d’Architettura di ROMA TRE (Largo Giovanni Battista Marzi, 10 –  Roma Testaccio)

Scarica la locandina del concorso Fai la differenza in biblioteca

Viveca Pattison Robichaud


Speaker: Viveca Pattison Robichaud

Position: Special Collections Librarian

Architecture Library & Institute for Latino Studies
Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame
School of Architecture, 117 Bond Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
574/631.6018, (cell) 443/996.2228


Masters of Science in Library Science
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 2010
Concentration in Cultural Heritage Information Management

Masters of Liberal Arts
The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009
Graduate Thesis entitled Magnificent Threads: The Role of Tapestries in the Aesthetic Culture of the Fifteenth Century Burgundian Court, supervised by Dr. Nancy Zinn, Walters Art Museum

Bachelors of Art
Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 2005
Western Society and Culture & Art History

Native English speaker; I have taken advanced university level French (reading, writing, and conversation); basic reading knowledge of Italian.

Special Collections Librarian (Assistant Librarian), Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, Architecture Library and Institute for Latino Studies’ Julian Samora Library, July 2014 to present

Librarian and Archivist, Samora Library, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame, Academic Year, 2013 through 2014

Assistant Visiting Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies’ Julian Samora Library and Architecture Library, November 2012 through June 2013

Visiting Faculty Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, Architecture Library and Rare Books & Special Collections, November 2011 through October 2012

Practicum, George Peabody Library, Sheridan Libraries Special Collections, The Johns Hopkins University, Spring 2011

Practicum, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives, The Catholic University of America, Spring 2010

Administrative Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University, Film & Media Studies Program, Baltimore, Maryland, 2006 through 2011

Curatorial Intern, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, New York, Summer 2004
William C. Bunce ARLIS/NA-Midstates Travel Award, 2013, to attend the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Pasadena, April 25-29, 2013

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
2014 – present, Samuel H. Kress Foundation International Travel Award Grant, Task Force Member
2014 – present, Chair, Awards Committee
2012 – 2014, Chair, Travel Awards Sub-Committee
2011 – 2012, member, Travel Awards Sub-Committee
Art Libraries Society of North America – Midstates Chapter (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan)
2015 Vice Chair/Chair-Elect
2012 – present, member, Travel Awards Committee

“SPQR-ND: Interpreting the Roman Forum Through Early Architectural Publications”, ARLIS/NA Midstates Newsletter, Volume 8, Issue 2, Fall 2014, http://midstates.arlisna.org/MidNewsFall2014rev.pdf.

Review of Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age: Architecture Students at the École des Beaux-Arts 1846-1946, by Jean Paul Carlhian and Margot M. Ellis. ARLIS/NA Reviews, January, 2015, http://arlisna.org/publications/reviews/508-americans-in-paris-foundations-of-america-s-architectural-gilded-age-architecture-students-at-the-ecole-des-beaux-arts-1846-1946.

“The Roman Forum and Beyond: Developing Mobile Applications to Study the Built Environment with Early Architectural Publications”, Emerging Technologies Forum, Art Libraries Society of North America 43rd Annual Conference, March 21, 2015, Fort Worth, Texas.

Parker, Jennifer and Viveca Robichaud. “Documenting a City’s Past, Present and Future: Or, how a university library can work with local civic entities to preserve and protect the built and planned environment”, Art Libraries Society of North America 42nd Annual conference, May 4, 2014, Washington, DC.

Robichaud, Viveca and Jennifer Parker. “The Seaside Research Portal and the Future of Archiving the Built Environment”, Art Libraries Society of North America 41st Annual Conference, April 25-29, 2013, Pasadena, CA.

Bolls, Madison, Cecilia Cho, Elizabeth Deegan, Elizabeth Dodson, Viveca Pattison, Jessica Sprigings, and Kevin Gunn. “Student as Teacher: creating LibGuides as a tool for professional development”, “Bridging the Spectrum” Symposium, Poster Session, February 25, 2011, Catholic University of America, School of Library Science

Viveca Pattison Robichaud takes part in the 14th CNBA Day with a speech on SPQR-ND_Interpreting the Roman forum Through Early Architectural Publications