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  1. Read for Later- Virtual Reality in Education, Driverless Cars and Parking, and the Future of Sleep

    This week’s a little all over the board, but in a good way. Some interesting news to think about the future of cities, including the future of phone booths (LinkNYC) and parking spaces. A couple of announcements regarding gaming (Minecraft) and virtual re ...

    MFIGUEROA - 01/25/2016 - 14:41 - Libraries Transform

  2. Wednesday Reading – Skift Magazine’s “Megatrends Defining Travel in 2016”

    For those who may have shared in a presentation with me over the past year, you will know that one of the quotes I often roll out comes from Skift’s "Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015". It’s a quote that seems to summarize a lot of the thinking ...

    MFIGUEROA - 01/20/2016 - 14:38 - Libraries Transform

  3. Read for Later- Autonomous Vehicles, Privacy at What Cost, and New Visions for Cities

    Happy Martin Luther King Day!   And thanks for sticking around after the week off for Midwinter. That makes this something of a double issue, but I don’t think there’s an overwhelming amount here. Something for everyone, maybe. Especially if you are inter ...

    MFIGUEROA - 01/18/2016 - 22:09 - Libraries Transform

  4. Read for Later- How We Read Now, Used Bookstores Make a Comeback, and Alternate App Futures

    It’s that quiet week between the holidays and the New Year (Happy 2016, by the way!) so there’s a little less news in the mix. But I found that left space for some more thoughtful pieces, like how the internet is changing our reading habits, how used book ...

    MFIGUEROA - 01/04/2016 - 11:44 - Libraries Transform

  5. Read for Later- Kindergarten is Serious, Office Parks Must Change, and Cutting the Cord

    And back to the regular work schedule – and an icy and snowy Chicago. For those who are traveling over the next few days, I hope travels are easy and safe.    It seemed like a lighter news week, but some really interesting reads, especially under educatio ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/28/2015 - 20:53 - Libraries Transform

  6. Read for Later- Register Your Drone, Rise of Podcasts, and Robot Friends

    Greetings from Phoenix. Yes, that is code for “I’m on vacation and should have let you know there would be no newsletter this week, but I did not and so here it is."  Actually though, some good stuff, including new drone registration guidelines, lots ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/21/2015 - 22:00 - Libraries Transform

  7. Because Andy Plemmons Sees Learning in a Global, Connected Context

    Over the next several months, we'll be sharing a series of profiles featured on  ALA's new Libraries Transform site. These profiles highlight libraries and library professionals that are adopting innovative strategies to help libraries transform ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/17/2015 - 11:23 - Libraries Transform

  8. Read for Later- The Year Past and Ahead, Internet Things That Make Me Feel Old, and the Future of Work

    Forewarned is forearmed. There’s a lot of stuff in this week’s newsletter. I suggest scanning, picking what’s interesting, and maybe forwarding the rest to a co-worker to tackle together.   But there’s interesting stuff – including some year-end looks ahe ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/14/2015 - 17:11 - Libraries Transform

  9. Viewing the Future- Wired's "9 MIT Media Lab Innovations that Changed the Future"

    In just a few weeks, ALA's 2016 Midwinter Meeting is taking us to Boston, a city that has built a reputation for innovation. This video from Wired reminds us that some of the most innovative work in Boston has been housed at the MIT Media Lab. Recoun ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/13/2015 - 20:56 - Libraries Transform

  10. Read for Later- Big Philanthropy, Investing in Our Environment, and How to Start and Stop Innovation

    This was one of those weeks where a few stories- The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, and a new tease for Amazon Prime Air- infiltrated almost every news source. In between, there were some interesting stories about ultra-fas ...

    MFIGUEROA - 12/07/2015 - 15:51 - Libraries Transform