Magazine article American Libraries

Looking Ahead

Magazine article American Libraries

Looking Ahead

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Our cover story on virtual reality (p. 26) has me looking to the future. And it has me wondering: What will my kids think of this growing technology, and how will they make use of it as they get older? Fortunately, librarians are already exploring similar questions for their patrons. As Miguel Figueroa, director of ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries, writes in his intro to the story, whether through classroom use, lending programs, or a commitment to equitable access, libraries are once again thinking ahead and adapting to new innovations and user needs.

And speaking of the future, this column is an introduction of sorts. Many of you may know that I'm not a new face to American Libraries or the Association; I've worked at ALA for nearly seven years, recently hanging up my hat as managing editor to assume the role of interim editor and publisher following Laurie D. Borman's retirement. For the past 17 years, I've been a professional editor and journalist at several publications, including magazines like In These Times that are committed to social justice.

That's why the topic of Emilio Estevez's new movie The Public intrigued me. …

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