The Annual Tech Forecast: The 2013 Library in the Real World

with Stephen Abram


Tuesday, September 18, 2012,  2:00 pm ET


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Blogs, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, Quora, Wikis, Facebook, LinkedIn, Slideshare and more! There is a global conversation going on right now about what the next generation of the web - and libraries - will be like as we get fully into the 21st Century? 


The McLuhanesque social web - where true human interaction takes precedence over merely ‘cool’ information delivery and e-mail - has truly emerged. It’s about putting information into the real context of our users’ lives, learning, entertainment, sharing, research and play. And libraries as social institutions can reap the benefits. Concurrently, a group of information professionals are having a conversation about the vision for libraries is and will look like in this ecosystem. Some are even going so far as to talk beyond Web 3.0! 


What are the skills and competencies that this librarian will need to survive in this century? Pinterst, Mobile, micropayments, tablets, and Facebook are just the tip of the iceberg! Come and hear about the top trends vision for Library programs and opportunities as an exciting scenario. 


About the Presenter


Stephen Abram, MLS, is Past-President 2008 of SLA and the past-President of the Ontario (2002) and Canadian Library Associations (2004/5). He received the 2011 CLA Outstanding Service to Librarianship Award in June. Stephen is the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Markets for Cengage Learning (Gale). He was Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute and was Publisher Electronic Information at Thomson after managing several libraries. Stephen was awarded the AIIP 2010 Roger Summit Award. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information where he received the  2011 Outstanding Teaching Award from the iSchool Institute. 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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