Public Speaking & Workshops

Dynamic and engaging, Kevin Hennah’s keynote presentations and workshops are a visual feast of images of both innovative new libraries and makeovers achieved with his support. More than just theory, all workshops and presentations have an emphasis on practical application, include hundreds of inspirational images as well as impressive statistics from libraries that have implemented Kevin’s ideas.

“I’m horrified by the idea that somebody might look at their watch during my presentation, so I’m committed to delivering presentations that are not just fast-paced and informative, but fun and inspirational. Most importantly, I want everybody to leave with an overwhelming sense of excitement for the positive changes that are within their reach as innovation doesn’t hinge solely on budget” – Kevin Hennah

Whether planning a conference or professional development day, timing and content can be tailored around your needs. With thousands of impressive photographs of design and makeovers and an extensive suite of past workshops and presentations, Kevin can tailor content to your needs and available time, Contact Kevin Hennah for inspiration or to discuss your ideas.

 Online Professional Learning  | Open to Registration |  June 2021

To assist with social distancing, Kevin has developed a suite of professional learning sessions  that showcase innovation in  library design, layout, seating, signage and budget makeovers. These are suitable for both small groups or online conferences.  Choose from four existing topics or have content tailored to your needs:

1. Genrefication Showcase | 4th June 2021
Implementing a genre-based layout may be a powerful way to build loan stats and bolster the relevance of libraries. Kevin Hennah strongly believes this is so and his results back up his ideas. Impressive photographs from libraries that have implemented Kevin’s advice will be coupled with equally impressive usage stats and practical advice that may inspire you to reinvent your collection.

2. Innovative Library Layout & Signage | 11th June 2021
There’s simply nothing engaging about about an aisle! Join Kevin Hennah as he challenges traditional ideas on library layout and presents innovative visual merchandising strategies for physical collections and how to tailor seating solutions to current and emerging needs in both public libraries and education.

3. High Impact, Low Budget Makeovers | 18th June 2021
Innovation is not dependant on a generous funding! Kevin Hennah demonstrates this with sophisticated and highly creative ideas for display and interior decoration which draw inspiration from retail, museums and art galleries highlighting that there is much to gain when looking outside our industry for inspiration.

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  • Customised and in-house sessions also available.

Drawing inspiration from international retail trends, art galleries, museums and other cultural hubs, Inspired Libraries highlights that we must look outside our industry to drive innovation.  Exploring promotion, marketing, display and overall image, Inspired Libraries is a showcase of creativity. Whether planning a new build,  refurbishment or simply seeking an injection of realistically achievable ideas, this presentation is loaded with impressive, yet achievable cutting-edge initiatives. 

As the name suggests, the content is designed to inspire and importantly,  highlight that creative thinking can be more powerful than funding!

“Change is inevitable, but maintaining relevance is a matter of choice” – Kevin Hennah

It is critical libraries develop a future plan; a vision of how the space, technology and collection  will evolve in order to maintain relevance and in turn, support. Drawing on his vast experience consulting to over 2000 libraries Internationally, Kevin Hennah has developed a showcase of best practice in library design, layout and visual merchandising strategy. Included are hundreds of impressive photographs of makeovers at all budget levels, highlighting that innovation is not dependant on a big budget.

Maintaining Relevant Libraries is ideal for anyone planning or seeking inspiration for a new build or reinvigoration of an existing space. Showcasing realistically achievable innovation and challenging traditional ideas, this dynamic session  fuses highly practical advice with hundreds of photographs of Kevin’s recent international projects in both education and public libraries. Be inspired by ideas on:

– Maintaining a relevant print offering
– Layout initiatives proven to significantly increase usage stats
– Integration of technology
– Contemporary seating solutions and learning spaces
– Innovations in library-specific signage
– Inspirational ideas for decoration and decor
– Creating future focused educational libraries that offer a viable point of difference over classrooms

Given the situation COVID-19, dates are currently postponed, however workshops remain ‘open to registration’. Please feel welcome to secure your place in anticipation of the new dates being confirmed. Payment will not be taken until closer to each event. Withdrawal at that time, if required will be free of charge:

Brisbane | Date TBC | Capri by Fraser
Adelaide | Date TBC | Peppers Waymouth Hotel
Melbourne | Date TBC | Quay West Suites, Southbank
Perth | Date TBC | Fraser Suites
Sydney | Date TBC | Fraser Suites

Netherlands | Date TBC | The American School of The Hague

On-site delivery also available: Gather your team or invite neighbouring libraries to share the cost of these dynamic workshops that include hundreds of inspirational photographic images Kevin Hennah has taken at libraries across Europe, The USA, The UAE, Asia and Australia. Timing and content can also be tailored to your needs.

Contact Kevin for more information or to have him present at your conference.

“Powerful – cutting edge ideas for Librarians – Timely and needed”
Michelle Davis. Rockridge Secondary School. West Vancouver. CANADA 

“We are planning a new secondary library vision and space, so this was very helpful and inspiring – I will push the boundaries and create a vibrant space!”
Nerilee Hall. International Christian School. HONG KONG

“Extremely inspirational and chock-full of creative and ‘do able’ ideas!”
Jaya Van Praagh. Southpoint Academy. Vancouver. CANADA

“Thank you for a superb workshop, I’ve learned so much! I must say that this was the best workshop & PD that I have ever been to”
Sarah Handley. Prem International School, Chiang Mai. THAILAND

“Fantastic!!! The best PD day I have ever attended!”
Benjamin Farr. Tanglin Trust School. SINGAPORE

“Invigorating – Professional – Creative – Timely – Thought-provoking – Spot-on!”
Carol Clark. American International School of Dhaka. BANGLADESH

“The span of topics and ways to make over a library, as well as the range of topics (size & cost) were exceptional” Maria McShane. Colorado Library Consortium. USA “This is truly the most relevant workshop I have ever been to. It has given direction on where I need to head”
Dot Gorman. Mount barker Community College. WA. AUSTRALIA

“A truly fantastic learning experience. A great opportunity to break out of ‘old’ mode and present a new 21st Century Library”
David Griffiths. Fairfield City Libraries. NSW. AUSTRALIA

“Beyond my high expectations. Provoking me to action”
Amanda Bond. Istanbul International Community School. ISTAMBUL

“This workshop lived up to expectations and provided enough ideas to keep going for years”
Lynne Starrenburg. International School of Eindhoven. NETHERLANDS

“Many thought-provoking ideas. Kevin is one of the most enjoyable presenters I’ve heard”
James Pakala. Covenant Theological Seminary. St Louis. Missouri. USA

“Pertinent, professional, perceptive, thoughtful and targeted presentation. One of the most informative and educational days”
Allan Caddy. Bassendean Memorial Library. WA. AUSTRALIA