Saturday, May 22, 2010

Online workshop - The Future of Libraries

Trendy Topics 2010: The Future of Libraries

Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services are pleased to announce the fifth in a dynamic monthly series of online workshops librarians can enjoy right at their desktops on hot topics. The latest conference on "The Future of Libraries" is scheduled for Tuesday June 8 Stephen Abram of Gale Cengage is the keynote speaker. Abram will speak on "Future Ready." What is the new NORMAL and what are customer expectations? New customer expectations are being driven by the new ecology of the web and big players like Facebook, Bing, Hulu,YouTube, Amazon, Google, and more. Is your library ready? Abram will talk about experience strategy, community conversations and relationships and more in this exciting keynote.

An exciting new component to this online conference is a Pecha Kucha on "Are you Future

Ready?" Moderated by Alison Miller and Joe Murphy, speakers for the day will wrap up the

day with an exciting online Pecha Kucha event which may be among the first of its kind. Pecha

Kuchas are based on the 20x20 concept - each speaker will use 20 slides/images of their

choosing that will advanced every 20 seconds, giving exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds

to address the topic from their unique expert perspective.

Other speakers for this day-long conference include:

· Sarah Houghton-Jan, "The Future of Libraries and Technology: The Phoenix Rising

from the Ashes"

Joe Murphy, "Check in at the Future of Libraries"

Matt Gullett, "The Present Moment of the Future: What Does the Future

Really Mean to Most of Us"

David Lankes, "You Are the Future"

Register at

The flyer for the conference can be found at

Registration for librarians for the one day conference is $40; for students $30; and for groups $100.

For more information on these workshops please contact Lori Bell at ALS, or Tom Peters at TAP Information Services at

Alliance Library System is one of nine regional library systems in Illinois serving 260 libraries of all types in a 14,000 square mile area.

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