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.
Library of the Future Blog
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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hopefully many of us are returning to the office today after a long weekend of gratitude for our family, friends, health, and the comforts we enjoy. Now, back in the office, we continue our path ahead by looking at some of what will shape the future of our work, institutions, and communities.
At the 2015 ALA Annual Conference, Danielle Engelman and Catherine Borgeson from The Long Now Foundation talked with us about several of the Foundation's projects, including the Manual for Civilization, Rosetta Project language library, and 10,000 Year Clock.
Over the next several months, we'll be sharing a series of profiles featured on ALA's new Libraries Transform site.
We're trying a different format this week - less bullet points, more sentences. The news is still there, though, including exciting perspectives on nanodegrees, affordability in urbanization, and the sharing economy.