Today I took part in the Australian Library and Information Association’s National Advisory Congress . The theme was The Future of the Profession .
There is a very nice downloadable paper that sets out three future scenarios for public, academic, school and special libraries plus collecting institutions. An short annotated bibliography accompanies the paper. You can download both from the ALIA Futures Wiki .
I spoke for 15 minutes at the start. My idea was to spark ideas rather than explain concepts . I wanted to highlight some areas where I think librarians should be listening and learning. I think that we connect people and information and that there have been great changes in the way that connection occurs and the form that information takes. I wanted to just suggest that we maybe need to pay more attention to these changes and work out how they relate to what we do.
Here is my slideset from today: