In the last six months, I have had the pleasure of addressing three separate audiences on the future of books and libraries. On July 22, 2011 I was invited to give the keynote presentation at the Future of the Book conference at Florida State University. I was asked to connect the future of the book with the future of libraries – a natural connection.
Next, Angela Glover arranged for me to address a gathering of the Georgia Independent School Librarians at the Lovett School in Atlanta. On January 25, 2012, I delivered a presentation on the future of libraries. They had also asked me to talk about ways that ZSR engages students, and that gave me the opportunity to brag on ZSR and its people, which explains the last dozen slides or so.
Finally, at the request of my friend and ASERL dean colleague, Kay Wall, I delivered a kick-off presentation to the staff at Clemson University Libraries on February 3, 2012. They are beginning a strategic planning process that is similar to our own and had heard about my “Futures” presentation. So I adapted the previous two presentations and talked about the urgency of the future in libraries.
So, that is a lot of futuring in a short amount of time. (You will note the shameless re-use of slides and concepts.)
Here’s to the future!