Webinar: The Future for Libraries

Speaker Sarah Houghton-Jan
Sarah Houghton-Jan is the Assistant Director of the San Rafael Public Library. Sarah writes the award-winning blog about library technology, Librarian In Black.  She is also the author of the book Technology Training in Libraries.  Sarah was named a 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker as a Trendspotter.  Sarah is ...


Sarah Houghton-Jan is the Assistant Director of the San Rafael Public Library. Sarah writes the award-winning blog about library technology, Librarian In Black.  She is also the author of the book Technology Training in Libraries.  Sarah was named a 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker as a Trendspotter.  Sarah is a frequent consultant, speaker, and trainer on issues of libraries, technology, and user experience design.

Full Description
This webinar is part of a 2 for 1 package that includes our "Free and Cheap Web Services for Libraries" webinar on Tuesday, May 24th.  You can sign up to attend both sessions by completing the registration process at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/71You will receive a webinar log-in link prior to each session.  Please contact lforshay@metro.org with any questions.
 
After two decades of continuous library technology increases and a budget crisis that has affected nearly every library in the world, we are left with the question: what will the library of the future look like?  We have seen huge cuts in expensive brick and mortar spaces and collections, in-person services and programming, and other face-to-face library services.  At the same time, we are finally realizing the high return on investment for library web, mobile, hardware, and software services.  The budget crisis may force us to face our inefficiencies and drastically re-engineer our services and the way we provide those services to our customers.  The legacy system is burning down all around us.  What will emerge from the ashes?
 
Who should attend:
People interested in finding out what digital services libraries can build upon to better serve their communities now and in the future.
 
By the end of this program, participants will:
1) Understand libraries' current transition period from analog to digital services
2) Come away with a list of trends in digital services to which libraries should be paying attention
3) Re-imagine the future of libraries without long-held legacy systems
Organizer Laura Forshay

When?

Tue, May. 17, 2011
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. US/Eastern

Where?

Online