Mar 122009

In the last thirty six hours or so, I’ve gone from this (10pm and around 32 degrees C in Fremantle, Western Australia ):

68/365 All Packed. No room for anything else.

To this ( 5:30pm and around -5 degrees C in Lawrence, Kansas)

70/365 With Alice the Bookshop Cat at the Dusty Bookshelf , downtown Lawrence, Kansas

And Library Camp East has morphed into a one day non-summit on the future of libraries (In the Foothills: A Not-Quite-Summit on the Future of Libraries),  and  I’ve agreed to do this:

At many Library conferences these days, we focus on technology so intensely that often we forget to consider the larger work for which technology is just a tool. And perhaps not the most important tool.

Yet, information technology has proliferated and become “humanized” over the last dozen years to the extent that we are now in the midst of revolutionary change. Some even see that change as a threat to the existence of libraries.

As information professionals, we occupy a significant amount of space at the epicenter of that change–but how are we really doing? Are we helping to direct that change or merely responding to it? Are we leveraging change, or simply managing it? As the world of information production and consumption undergoes a complete transformation, how is our place in society affected and what are our responsibilities? How do we justify our existence?

Please join us on Thursday, March 26th at the Darien Library for a conversation with John Berry (Editor-at-large, Library Journal, New York, NY) and Kathryn Greenhill (Emerging Technologies Specialist, Murdoch University Library, Perth Western Australia) about revolutionary change, youth, service, and civic responsibility, and the future of libraries.

Come prepared to participate in group discussion following both speakers. In fact, come prepared to help sketch out the role librarians should play in defining the future of libraries.

Coffee and bagels will be served at 9:00 and we will begin the program at 9:30. Lunch will also be served and we will go until we’ve exhausted the topic (around 5:00). This event is co-sponsored by Darien Library and Connecticut Library Consortium. Attendance is free but please sign-up in advance on the futurelibs09 event wiki:

I think I’ll go and get some sleep…

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  3 Responses to “A small suitcase, the bookshop cat and in the foothills”

  1. Mmmmm…I think I need to move to Kansas.

  2. What a great bookstore! Cat included!

  3. I walked past the bookshop yesterday and noticed a calico bag in the window with a print showing three cartoon cats. One was Alice and it looks like there are two others. So far I have seen about four shop cats since I have been here.

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