VALA2022 Onsite Session 12 Spikmans

24/7 technology hub – revolutionising spaces that transcend the traditional concept of public libraries


Wednesday 15 June 2022, 09:55 – 10:25

Michael Spikmans
  • Digital Services Manager
  • Northern Beaches Library Services

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In 2020, Northern Beaches Library Service launched a project to renovate the Forestville Library Branch. Forestville Library was underutilised with opening hours that no longer suited the demographic. The concept of the renovation was radical: to transform the static floorplan into a flexible space with niche technology and 24/7 access with some unstaffed hours. The new space would have a small library collection of high-turnover items and allow for the community to access and use the space when they wanted. The space could be rapidly reconfigured for events, programs, makerspaces or be used for work, leisure and study.


Michael Spikmans has completed a Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology and a Master of Science in Communication and Information Sciences at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. In the Netherlands, Michael has worked on the Unobtrusive Smart Environments for Independent Living project funded by the European Union and worked as a librarian at the Public Library of Eindhoven. Michael is currently the Service Development Manager at the Northern Beaches Library Services where he manages the Technology Team, Forestville Library and the Forestville 24/7 transformation project. He has experience in project management, programming, data mining, visualisation and analysis, User Experience design, financial management, change management and digital literacy training.


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