Registration is open for our fall program!

The Future is Tomorrow

The future is a slippery concept, especially when it comes to figuring out how to ensure that our libraries remain relevant. There are so many things to consider – our services, the research products we provide, not to mention how the needs and expectations of our patrons will change. It’s overwhelming and tempting to stick our heads in the sand, leaving the future thinking to our directors and deans.

Stop avoiding the issue! On October 14th, take the future into your own hands and join us for a day of thinking and talking about the changes tomorrow will bring.

We’ll begin with a presentation by Steven Bell: “Tomorrow is What We Make It: Designing Our Preferred Future.” After that, we’ll hear from a panel of librarians who will take your questions and discuss what worries them about the future – and what we can do. Throughout the day we’ll engage in some hands-on activities designed to get you thinking outside the box. Come ready to engage with your creativity! Bring the questions and ideas you cultivate out of view of your coworkers, and shine some light on them today.

Tomorrow is What We Make It: Designing Our Preferred Future
In 2011 a futuristic essay detailed the death of academic libraries. The current rash of pessimistic thinking about the future of this profession – and possibly even its future demise – may not be greatly exaggerated. While cautionary tales and threats of extinction may be useful in helping academic librarians stay focused on building a sustainable future, they typically are based more on imagined fears than reality. We need to remember that we are in control of our own destiny, and that this profession is in crisis only if we allow it to happen. Tomorrow is an opportunity to create our preferred future.

In this presentation, Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instruction at Temple University and vice-president/president-elect of ACRL, sheds some light on the prospects for academic librarianship in a tumultuous higher education and information landscape. Adopting a design approach to achieve an intentional user experience provides a strategy for a future-proofed library.

Program Information:
Date: Friday, October 14, 2011
Time: 9am – 3:30pm
Location: Loyola University Graduate Center, Columbia, MD (view map)

This program has been approved for 4 contact hours. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. When registering, please indicate your sandwich choice: Tuna Salad, Ham & Swiss, Turkey & Provolone, Grilled Veggie Sandwiches. Registration and breakfast will open at 9am; the program will begin at 10am.

Registration: MLA Members, $60; Non-members, $90; Students, $51. Register at:

2 thoughts on “Registration is open for our fall program!

  1. Members of several other regional organizations qualify for the MLA member rate: REFORMA DC, WMPL, CML, CVLA, MASL, MAILL, MD/SLA, and DCLA.

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