New from ACRL - Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning

For Immediate Release
Mon, 07/13/2015


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist


CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians." Edited by noted scenario planning expert Joan Giesecke with Jon Cawthorne and Debra Pearson, "Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning" also features contributions from Tyler Walters and introduces and describes the use of scenario planning in libraries.

Scenario planning can be used to build plausible stories about the future and enable librarians to better plan, lead, and manage during uncertain times. This guidebook explains the uses of and processes for conducting scenario planning as both a futuring technique and as a planning tool. Combining practical step-by-step chapters with chapters on research using scenarios, "Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning" explains how libraries can use scenario planning tools to develop strategic agendas to help libraries to survive and thrive in turbulent times.

"Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians" is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at, Facebook at, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.