Friday, October 22, 2010

NEXT: A Library Futures Symposium

Over 200 library community members will come together to help shape the
future of Alberta’s libraries at NEXT: A Library Futures Symposium, October
21 and 22 at the Edmonton Crowne Plaza Hotel – Chateau Lacombe.

Writer and public opinion researcher Michael Adams, President of the
Environics Group, headlines day one speakers who will focus on the
cultural, demographic and economic shifts affecting libraries and
communities in the 21st century. Other speakers include:

· Thomas Frey, Executive Director, DaVinci Institute

· Mike D’Abramo, Strategist, Fresh Squeezed Ideas

· Patricia Graham, Editor-in-Chief, The Vancouver Sun

· R. David Lankes, Director, Information Institute, Syracuse

Building on insights from day one, participants – including public,
post-secondary and school library representatives – will address issues in
small group discussions.

Outcomes for the symposium include articulating a roadmap for libraries
across Alberta, contributing to the vision and strategic planning process
of libraries, and sparking innovation, learning and creativity.

The symposium is presented by The Alberta Library, a consortium of library
community members across the province.

"We are a knowledge-based community, charting a course in an increasingly
information-based society," says Maggie Macdonald, Chair of The Alberta
Library Board. "To continue to be successful, we must build on the
insights, ideas and expertise of our colleagues and stakeholders. The
quality of our engagement with each other will have a lot to do with our
success as individuals, as organizations, and as communities."