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This week felt like clusters of news around specific trends. Bite-sized reading. The power of young women. Computer science in the curriculum. Voice in technology. It’s always helpful to see the news align from different angles pointing to similar insights.   Two short commercials before we dig in.   

Read more | 02/29/2016 - 15:43

So, there’s been a recent uptick in subscribers to the newsletter version of this post – thank you! – and it makes me think it might be a good time to review the reasoning behind this effort.  

Read more | 02/22/2016 - 13:39

This week’s news featured several stories caught at the intersection of multiple trends. Privacy (or surveillance) and the internet of things. Urbanization and income inequality. So apologies if you find stories that would have been better filed under different headings.

Read more | 02/15/2016 - 21:04

One of the things that amazes me as I set about scanning through the week’s news is the amazing number of research reports that are available.

Read more | 02/08/2016 - 13:51

This was another one of those weeks where two stories – Google’s machine learning system AlphaGo and the Obama administration’s push for computer science in schools – seemed to be covered everywhere. Along with those two big stories, there were interesting pieces about Netflix and Amazon’s continuing push into original content, cities’ growing interest in and use of open data, and Google’s plans for virtual reality.   

Read more | 02/01/2016 - 15:24

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 reality (Cardboard) that will help you think about the role of tech in education. And some news about the future of work, including where we will work and who or what we will work alongside (it’s robots).   

Read more | 01/25/2016 - 14:37

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 behind the Center for the Future of Libraries. I’ve just subbed in “libraries” anywhere Skift said travel, so it goes something like:   

Read more | 01/20/2016 - 14:35

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 interested in autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars.      You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.   

Read more | 01/18/2016 - 22:01

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 bookstores are staging a comeback, and how apps aren't as innocent as we think.     

Read more | 01/04/2016 - 11:35

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.   

Read more | 12/28/2015 - 20:49

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." 

Read more | 12/21/2015 - 21:51

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.  

Read more | 12/17/2015 - 11:23

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.  

Read more | 12/14/2015 - 16:39

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. Recounting nine innovations from the Media Labs' last thirty years, founding director Nicholas Negroponte and current director Joi Ito look at how the Media Lab's innovations have influenced current products and how they will continue to shape the future.

Read more | 12/13/2015 - 20:56

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-fast internet from light bulbs, the importance of physical books, the future of higher ed, social media movements, and some insights into how organizations are sparking and sometimes stopping innovation.  

Read more | 12/07/2015 - 15:28