Marc posed an interesting question about the future of libraries and the focus on technology: "Is there really nothing more to look forward to than becoming a bad cross between the iStore and Best Buy?"

My vision of future libraries focuses on the things we can do better than Google/Apple/Microsoft.  Being a real third space:  a community and learning space where people interact and discover.   Being an expert space where skillful staff know the subjects and their clients, and have relationships with the communities they serve.  Being an intermediary space that recognizes that often research and researchers are complex, and maybe there is work to do before we have a question to ask SIRI.  Books, journals, data, information, etc. will always be part of what we do, but it is what we do with it that helps make it all useful.  

Any conferences on that? 


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On 01/08/2014 02:51 PM, Laurinda Matheson wrote:
> The Future of Libraries: What’s Your Vision?
> This Thursday, January 9, 2014 2:00pm Eastern | 1:00pm Central |
> 12:00pm Mountain | 11:00am Pacific
> What challenges and changes lie ahead for our libraries? In "The
> Future of Libraries: What's Your Vision?" our panel will look into
> the crystal ball and discuss the possibilities

Question:  Wouldn't it be great if once -- just once! -- our
profession could put on a presentation that imagined a vision for
future libraries as something other than vapid celebrations of
high-tech gadgetry?  Is there really nothing more to look forward to
than becoming a bad cross between the iStore and Best Buy?


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