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Keynote: Trends and Signals for the Library of the Future
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Keynote: Trends and Signals for the Library of the Future

Date: Tuesday, April 25
Time: 9:50-10:50 am
Location: Salon M

Keynote Description: 
How do we think about the future? As something for someone else to worry about?  As something that will happen to us, not with us? As something that is over-promised, but has under-delivered (where is my flying car!)? Over the past two years, ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries has learned that thinking about the future starts when we activate our minds to looks for signals and trends – and then think about those trends in light of our professional values and the values we seek to provide to our communities. Foresight and trend scanning help us envision the libraries of the future, oftentimes by using our own library skills in new ways. As we talk with our communities about the trends and signals we see, we can begin to make the move from futuring to innovation for better libraries.

Miguel FigueroaMiguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries (, an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

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