On Wednesday, November 14, from 3pm – 6pm at the American Museum of Natural History, METRO kicks-off its first Directors Round Table. The ongoing Directors Round Table will feature guest lectures by leaders from the library, archive, and museum communities, academia, and the technology sector, and will focus on emerging trends and opportunities that impact METRO member institutions.
We are excited to launch the Directors Round Table with guest speaker Stephen Abram, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Markets at Gale Cengage. Mr. Abram blogs at Stephen’s Lighthouse and is well known for his ideas and insights on strategic thinking and innovation in libraries. Mr. Abram will be speaking on the topic “The Future: Digital/Print Library Hybrids."
The Future: Digital/Print Library Hybrids
The future, depending on your point of view and attitude, can be viewed as exciting or scary - or maybe both, like a rollercoaster! Do e-books change everything, or are they just the same as print? What are the opportunities for us and what enhancements might we expect? We can acknowledge that the future won't be the same as the past - not by a long shot. Is this the final straw for libraries, or the biggest opportunity for us since the advent of the web? Are libraries going to be even more open and without boundaries? Can we be more open to our users, our communities, to new technologies? Are the newest social technologies for the web a great opportunity for social institutions like libraries, schools, universities, and governments? Or are we entering a DIY world? Which new 'ways' are worth investigating to get the library's mandate and philosophies? What are the emerging learning, research, community, answers, reading, and collaboration technologies? What differentiates the library from ad-based search and websites? Are there better ways to build community or to attract new community segments? What about books, book clubs, and recommended recreational reading? What is happening with libraries and entertainment missions with video and gaming? Stephen Abram is a veteran library watcher and strategic technologist and library futurist. In this session, he shares his perspectives on these issues, challenges, and opportunities.
Event details and registration are avaialble here.