METRO Library Directors Round Table

Speaker: Stephen Abram
Speaker Stephen Abram
Stephen Abram, MLS, has been a library futurist, technology innovator and strategist for decades.  He is Past-President 2008 of SLA and the Past-President of the Ontario and Canadian Library Associations.  He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June.  He is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships ...

Stephen Abram, MLS, has been a library futurist, technology innovator and strategist for decades.  He is Past-President 2008 of SLA and the Past-President of the Ontario and Canadian Library Associations.  He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June.  He is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Cengage Learning (Gale).  He was Vice President of Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute.  He was Publisher Electronic Information at Thomson after managing several libraries.  Stephen was listed by Library journal as one of the top 50 people influencing the future of libraries.  He has received numerous honours and speaks regularly internationally.  His columns appear in Information outlook and Internet @ Schools.  He is the author of ALA Editions' bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram.  His blog, Stephen's Lighthouse, is a popular blog in the library sector.

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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.

When?

Wed, Nov. 14, 2012
3 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. US/Eastern

Where?

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024