VALA2014 Plenary 6 Murphy

Library as future

Thursday 6 February 2014, 15:55 – 17:05
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Joe Murphy

Libraryfuture, USA

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Future as platform. Libraries connect two great stories: inspiration points and adaptation to tech change. Joe Murphy (librarian and futures/tech trends analyst) explores the long-term future roles of libraries and near-future market trends while synthesizing the impact of now technology directions on libraries. Librarians play at the crossroads of discovery, horizons, and innovation. We use the story levers of excitement and tension in designing the profession that is needed for a future defined by change. A profession made up of self-guided librarians that embrace the inspiration life cycle as libraries pivot from overwhelmed by challenges, towards excelling in streams of possibilities. Libraries will serve as the canary in the coalmine, amongst the first to face challenges from tech and culture shifts. Emerging roles for libraries also include: enabler of community futures and leadership connectors. Future as platform, library as future, inspiration as lift off points. @libraryfuture

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