The Future of Public Libraries
October 27, 2011 [2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT]
The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) released a policy brief in June 2011 about the challenges that public libraries face in the next few decades. The brief, “Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library” was written by OITP Fellow Roger E. Levien, president of Strategy and Innovation Consulting and explores how emerging technologies and challenges, such as financial constraints as well as shifts in the nature and needs of library users, require libraries to evolve rapidly and make strategic decisions today that will influence their future for decades to come. A copy of the report is available for download here.
ALA President Roberta Stevens said OITP’s brief clearly lays out why public libraries are in the midst of a true revolution. “The most recent development – the rapid growth in e-book usage – is another example of the fundamental changes affecting libraries. Such changes present many new opportunities for serving the public as well as challenges in how to best serve them,” Stevens said.
Join this free webinar to hear more about this new report. This session features the report’s author Dr. Roger Levien, OITP Fellow. Other speakers in this session include Maxine Bleiweis/Westport Public Library and Marc Gartler/Madison Public Library.
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