Trendy Topics 2010: The Future of Libraries

Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services are pleased to announce the fifth in a dynamic monthly series of online workshops librarians can enjoy right at their desktops on hot topics.

The latest conference on “The Future of Libraries” is scheduled for Tuesday June 8 Stephen Abram of Gale Cengage is the keynote speaker. Abram will speak on “Future Ready.” What is the new NORMAL and what are customer expectations? New customer expectations are being driven by the new ecology of the web and big players like Facebook, Bing, Hulu,YouTube, Amazon, Google, and more. Is your library ready? Abram will talk about experience strategy, community conversations and relationships and more in this exciting keynote.

An exciting new component to this online conference is a Pecha Kucha on “Are you Future Ready?” Moderated by Alison Miller and Joe Murphy, speakers for the day will wrap up the day with an exciting online Pecha Kucha event which may be among the first of its kind. Pecha Kuchas are based on the 20×20 concept – each speaker will use 20 slides/images of their choosing that will advanced every 20 seconds, giving exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds to address the topic from their unique expert perspective.

Other speakers for this day-long conference include:

  • Sarah Houghton-Jan, “The Future of Libraries and Technology: The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes”
  • Joe Murphy, “Check in at the Future of Libraries”
  • Matt Gullett, “The Present Moment of the Future: What Does the Future Really Mean to Most of Us”
  • David Lankes, “You Are the Future”

Registration for librarians for the one day conference is $40; for students $30; and for groups $100.

For more information on these workshops please contact Lori Bell at ALS, or Tom Peters at TAP Information Services.

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