Magazine article American Libraries

Looking to the Future

Magazine article American Libraries

Looking to the Future

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We have been thinking about the future for a long time. And no, I'm not talking about the Back to the Future trilogy. We could look in the rearview mirror to at least the 1800s--and perhaps even earlier--to H. G. Wells and his novel The Time Machine as a potential starting point.

As for libraries, we have always been thinking and dreaming of what's next. Whether it's the next popular genre, the next teen or academic research interest, or the upcoming community or school need, the future is always on our minds. The 2017 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta was no exception. The Symposium on the Future of Libraries at Midwinter featured forward-thinking speakers, thoughtful comments from librarians in the audience, and an opportunity to converse with colleagues on what lies ahead for librarianship. From entrepreneurship to civic engagement to technology in education, future themes are already being addressed at libraries. To learn more about these interesting discussions from Midwinter, from the ALA Leadership Institute, and others, see our cover story beginning on page 32. …

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