Welcome to the ALA Connect Site for Libraries From Now On: Imagining the Future, A Summit on the Future of Libraries. This invitational Summit, May 2 – 3, 2014, will bring together thought representatives from libraries of all types as well as leaders and decision makers from other educational and cultural organizations to explore the challenges and opportunities that libraries will face as they transform themselves to meet the changing needs and priorities of their communities.
Summit on the Future of Libraries Community
I am pleased to present a report on the Summit on the Future of Libraries prepared by Nancy Bolt, coordinator for the Summit. Our goal was to bring together thought leaders from the library community and from a broad spectrum of educational organizations, federal agencies, and foundations that work with libraries to begin a national conversation about the future and libraries. The Summit was designed to provide a framework for the ongoing dialogue that will shape ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries.
I invite you to join our ongoing discussion about important trends that will impact all libraries in the coming years, and how we can best position ourselves to thrive in that future.
I would like to acknowledge the outstanding leadership provided by Summit co-chairs Pat Smith and Julie Todaro, Summit coordinator Nancy Bolt, ALA coordinator JoAnne Kempf, and Summit facilitator Paula Singer.
2013-2014 ALA President
I wanted to be sure that everyone had access to the list of participants and final agenda of the Summit on the Future of Libraries. You can find the two documents under Files.
The Summit was designed to start a national dialogue on the future of libraries. The attendees represented a cross section of ALA members and representatives from non-library but aligned organizations. Information from the Summit will be made available on the public Connect site; comments are invited and encouraged.
Although for financial and logistic reasons we started with a small representative group, our expectation is that many members will take an active part in the ongoing conversation. The more we all are engaged, the better will be our discussion.
Thanks for your interest. I look forward to our dialogue.
I am thrilled that so many of you have shown an interest in the Summit on the Future of Libraries by signing up for this community. Even if you will not be participating in the Summit on May 2 and 3, we have created this community so you can take part in discussions and share your ideas with us.
We have already begun loading informational materials to this community. You can find them under the “files” tab just above this post. Here you will find a list of the individuals who have accepted our invitation to participate as well as biographical information about our speakers and other relevant information.
I’d like to begin a dialogue with you by asking, "What changes in libraries are happening right now that you find very exciting and full of potential for the future?"