The Future of Libraries has been a topic of conversation for many years, but some of think there is a greater sense of urgency surrounding the topic these days. With the extremely fast evolution of technology, the scarcity of resources of all types including money, and the shifts in culture and society, our world is changing very quickly as are the expectations of our stakeholders and customers. Are libraries adapting, innovating, and changing at a fast pace too? Some are, most are not. We have started a Facebook page and LinkedIn group to talk about The Future of Libraries. We hope you will join us in the conversation.
In addition, Dysart & Jones is working with Ken Haycock & Associates to offer a new two day event at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, May 1st & 2nd, called The Future of Libraries: Do we Have 5 years to Live? A great line-up of speakers is being featured, so check it out here. We hope that lots of you will be able to join us in person for the conversation in Toronto, but if not, certainly join the conversation on LinkedIn and Facebook. See you there!
AND, if you are in the DC area, we are working with Information Today to offer a different but related two day event, The Future of Libraries Survival Summit which focuses on a number of tools for libraries to use as they face the future! It also includes one on one interviews and conversations with David Weinberger, Co-Director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab; Senior Research, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society; & Author, Too Big To Know; Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, & Co-Author, Cluetrain Manifesto as well as Mary Lee Kennedy, Deputy Chief Librarian, New York Public Library and formerly, Senior Associate Provost and at Harvard University, Executive Director of Knowledge and Library Services at Harvard Business School, and Direction, Knowledge Network, Microsoft. This summit also features Dan Rasmus, futurist, strategist and industry analyst and formerly Director, Business Insights, Microsoft. Hope you can join us!