ALA's OITP to Host Two Key Sessions on the Future of Library Services at ALA Annual Conference

METRO members attending ALA 2011 Annual Conference may be interested in the following two key events on the future of library services at ALA's Annual Conference; hosted by American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy:  

Future of Libraries: Cutting-edge Services

Saturday, 10:30am to Noon
Convention Center 391

In some ways, the future of libraries is happening today at leading libraries
around the country. This program features the specific services at four
libraries selected from those nominated in a broad solicitation organized by
the Program on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century within ALA’s Office
for Information Technology Policy (OITP). What can you learn from these
cutting-edge services for application in your library?
Moderator: Christine Lind Hage, Chair of the OITP America’s Libraries for
the 21st Century Subcommittee
Presenters: Buffy Hamilton, Creekview High School
Kristin Antelman, North Carolina State University Library
John Davidson, OhioLINK
Mary Anne Hodel, Orange County Library System
This program also will be presented in the ALA Virtual Conference

Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library

Saturday 4:00 to 5:30pm
Convention Center 292

Public libraries will confront formidable challenges in the coming years. The digital transformation of all media affects our resources, services, staff and programs, while changes in users and their needs, the growth of competitive Internet services, and financial stringencies add complexity. A
range of possible responses will be presented as contrasting visions: physical vs. virtual library; individual vs. community focus; portal vs. archive service; collection vs. creative approach. Practicing librarians will react to these visions.
Moderator: Christine Lind Hage
Presenter: Dr. Roger Levien, OITP Fellow
Respondents: Maxine Bleiweis, Westport Public Library
Marc Gartler, Madison Public Library
Jason Kucsma
Author: Jason Kucsma
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