Conference Explores Future of Libraries

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Conference Explores Future of Libraries


Borman, Laurie D., American Libraries


The 40 continuous hours of Library 2.012, the "Future of Libraries" free conference, which ran from October 3 through October 5, featured 150 presentation sessions and 11 keynote addresses from across the globe. Topics ranged from physical and virtual learning spaces to evolving professional roles in today's world, organizing and creating information, changing delivery methods, user-centered access, and mobile and geosocial information environments.

ALA offered five sessions at the event, which have been archived and are available at library20.com:

"Collaboration, Innovation, Education: A Model for Successful Financial Literacy Programming at the Library," presented by Aubrey B. Carroll, information service manager at Florence County (S.C.) Library System;

"The Influence of E-Trends on Library Management," presented by Kathy Rosa, director of ALA's Office for Research and Statistics;

"Restoring Contemplation--Why We Should and How Libraries Can Help," presented by Jessie L. Mannisto;

"What Can Libraries Learn from New User (and Nonuser!

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