2015 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Thursday, Oct. 8, 12:30-1:30 pm
Libraries of the Future: Learning with ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries
Libraries have always looked toward the future – aligning our collections, work, and services to the future needs of users. But lately, conversations about the future of libraries have taken on an increased importance and sense of urgency. Why is right now such an important time to think about our future and to think about it differently? Miguel Figueroa will share some of what he is learning from the development of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries, including some of the trends that are shaping our communities and the expectations of our users, the foresight and futuring strategies that might help us better plan and prepare for changing times, and insights from experts and innovative thinkers outside of our profession. More about the Center for the Future of Libraries is available at www.ala.org/libraryofthefuture.
Miguel Figueroa works at the American Library Association’s new Center for the Future of Libraries, an initiative to identify emerging trends relevant to libraries, promote futuring and innovation strategies for the profession, and build connections with experts and innovative who can help libraries create our futures. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association, the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, New York University’s Langone Medical Center Ehrman Medical Library, and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program.
Friday, Oct 9, 12:30-1:30 pm
FLATLAND: A Romance of Many Dimensions
In which our Hero, A. Librarian, must search for scalars amidst an increasingly flat landscape, with which to earn the favor of capricious higher-dimensional beings, before her entire world collapses to a single ultra-dense font of information, only to find that the only dimension that truly matters is LOVE.
Eli Neiburger is Deputy Director of the Ann Arbor District Library, where he was hired as helpdesk technician in 1997. He's the author of Gamers... in the LIBRARY?! published in 2007 by ALA Editions, and a contributor to VOYA, Library Technology Reports, BOOK: A Futurist's Manifesto, and Well Played, a journal of videogame criticism produced by Carnegie Mellon's ETC Press. He's spoken across the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand about libraries, gaming, ebooks, publishing and web, and he has a tattoo consisting solely of Nintendo's intellectual property.
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