TBLC is proud to announce two sessions with library futurist Joan Frye Williams entitled The Next Chapter: A Look into the Library Future, News of Successful Changes, and a Preview of Opportunities for Moving Forward.
Every day brings news about one trend or another: print books are on the way out, people under thirty conduct their entire lives on their smart phones, social media are replacing traditional advertising, and the Baby Boomers are trying to prove that 70 is the new 50. OK, fine but which of these stories have real relevance for libraries? And what are we supposed to DO about them?
According to library consultant and futurist Joan Frye Williams, we won’t keep libraries strong in a changing world just by chasing the latest trends. On the other hand, we won’t fulfill our mission by hanging back, content to rest on our laurels. To keep our work focused and meaningful, we’ll need to ask new questions, set new priorities, exploit new techniques, and renegotiate our relationships with the communities we serve.
Fortunately, the prospects for this kind of transformation are quite hopeful. Joan will share her insights about
- Emerging and submerging roles for libraries
- Promising tools and technologies
- Opportunities for innovation and collaboration
- What we can stop doing and what it’s safe to ignore
- How to stop worrying about doing more with less and start thinking about doing different with less
Be prepared for a lively discussion, a few surprises, and lots of ideas about how we can focus our energies to do the right work, get credit for doing it, and maybe even have a little fun in the process! Whatever your view of the future, you won’t want to miss this workshop.
Please plan to attend one of these two opportunities:
June 18, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin
June 19, 2012, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Orlando Public Library in Downtown Orlando
You can register using the links below: