9º World Congress on Health Information and Libraries

Salvador, Bahia - Brazil, September, 20 to 23 - 2005


4th Regional Coordination Meeting of the VHL

September, 19 to 20 - 2005

P08 - Planning a medical library for 2014 - how the planning process was influenced by the parallel process of developing the library into a learning organisation

The construction and building of a new university hospital in Trondheim, Norway, started in 2002. St. Olavs Hospital will house both clinical activity, and the Medical Faculty of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
As a part of this, we started the process of planning a new medical library for NTNU and St. Olavs Hospital in September 2003. The library will be located in the Knowledge Centre in the new hospital. According to the programme, the building project will be completed in 2012-14.
The Medical Library is a section of NTNU Library. Since the spring of 2002 NTNU Library has been establishing the framework of a learning organisation. A learning organisation is an organisation which consciously and continuously betters its capacity to learn and develop both at an individual -, group -, and organisational level.
The learning organisation is continually developing its capacity to create its own future. Important issues are:
- communication skills
- tools for more effective meetings and problem solving
- attitudes, relations and responsibilities
Together with the Medical Faculty, St.Olavs Hospital, Hospital Development Project for Central Norway and 'Team St. Olav' (the contracted group of architects and engineers) we have completed the draft project for the new library. 
This paper will describe how developing NTNU Library into a learning organisation influenced and supported our planning process for the new medical library. It will focus on some of the factors important for the successful planning process.