John Guscott

John Guscott has worked in the public library field for nearly a decade in technology, management and reference services. He earned a B.L.S. from the University of Iowa (with a concentration in Latin, ancient Greek & Classical Humanities) and an M.L.S. from Kent State University (with an emphasis on library administration and rare books). He is both a professional librarian and futurist and currently is the Manager of Electronic Services at Lakewood Public Library (OH). He is also the editor of Library Futures Quarterly, a practical newsletter that helps library leaders discover potential futures for public libraries.

His areas of interest include all aspects of the future of public libraries, especially how present-day politics, economics, culture and technology are all shaping the future of the institution. He especially enjoys thinking about some of the "fringe" elements of computers and technology, but tempers his outlook with the common sense that comes with the daily experiences of helping people with technology in a busy public library setting.

John Guscott's affiliations include the World Future Society, the World Transhumanist Association, Beta Phi Mu, Eta Sigma Phi, the Rowfant Club of Cleveland, the American Library Association, LAMA, and LITA. He also serves as an expert panelist for the George Washington University's Forecast of Emerging Technologies.