The Future of Libraries: Engines of their Communities
Tuesday November 15
6:30 – 8 PM
Portsmouth Public Library
The rumors of change in society is true – and no more than in public libraries. Public Libraries have been at the forefront of change and are incredibly adaptive institutions. Whether it was catalog automation, new technological innovations, the Internet, e-books, 3D printers, or streaming media, your public library can always be counted on to support your community’s needs, passions, and goals. What’s next? In public library circles the words sustainability, impact, learning, innovation, community, and engagement are very current. As we plan for the future, what is on the horizon? What will help our communities adapt to change and be as successful as they can be? Stephen Abram is a renowned library futurist and will take us on a journey about the forthcoming changes that will impact our lives, work, learning and recreation.
Stephen Abram, MLS, is executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries and a strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries and the information industry as principal of Lighthouse Consulting, Inc. He consults in the areas of organization design, strategic planning and master plans, marketing, technology strategies, library consortia, and evaluation. He is a library trend watcher, keynote speaker, innovator and author of Stephen’s Lighthouse blog, several books, and hundreds of articles.