2014 PLD Winter Mini-Conference Keynote
Libraries in a Post Print World
Speaker: Joan Frye Williams
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
We can argue all day about whether or not printed books will eventually become obsolete. Or we can wonder how libraries and librarians will continue to serve their communities even if they do. In this thought-provoking keynote, library consultant and futurist Joan Frye Williams will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by a “post-print” world. This is not a presentation about how to add eBooks to your collection; this is an exploration of how to re-imagine and articulate the importance of what we can do in our communities. Joan will offer practical advice on how we can prepare for the future by:
- Focusing on access instead of inventory;
- Defining “librarian” around skills and principles rather than collections and facilities;
- Being accountable for what we do with more than circulation statistics; and
- Making necessary changes in our traditions, tools, and techniques.
Whether you see the future of libraries as a candy store to be savored or a minefield to be navigated, you won’t want to miss this presentation.
Joan Frye Williams, MLS, is an internationally recognized library futurist and service designer, with a strong track record in the areas of innovation, fresh practices, and the creation of user experiences. Since 1996, she has been president of her own library consulting firm, based in Sacramento, California.
In addition to her consulting practice, Joan shares her views about the future of libraries as an author, trainer, blogger, podcaster, media commentator, and, of course, conference presenter. She is best known as an acute--and sometimes irreverent--observer of human behavior and importer of new ideas into the library environment.