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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

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.

Read more | 11/30/2015 - 13:01

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.    

Read more | 11/27/2015 - 12:14

Over the next several months, we'll be sharing a series of profiles featured on ALA's new Libraries Transform site.

Read more | 11/24/2015 - 11:09

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.  

Read more | 11/23/2015 - 21:01

Space. It’s top of mind for almost everyone when we start to discuss the future of libraries. It’s very hard for us to think about the future of our collections, services, programs, partners, and communities without thinking about the spaces that our institutions will occupy.

Read more | 11/19/2015 - 00:27

A full week of news. The tragedy in Paris illustrated the role technology plays in humans' response and reaction to disasters and terrorism. In the midst of this dominant news story, several other pieces explored the future of journalism and its relationship to social media platforms, virtual reality, and privacy.     

Read more | 11/16/2015 - 11:42

Amazon. Bookstore. All over the news this week. There was other news, too, but Amazon Bookstore stole the show. Oh, and The New York Times sent a bunch of people a VR viewer - but we covered that a lot over the past several weeks.     

Read more | 11/09/2015 - 16:23

Was there a dominant news piece this week? Well, inside ALA it was all about the launch of Libraries Transform, a new public awareness campaign highlighting the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. And when you read the news outside of libraries, it's impossible not to see all the ways that libraries will continue to transform to provide value for users today and into the future.     

Read more | 11/02/2015 - 11:42

This might be a downer for a Friday, but let's try it. I'm a fan of The School of Life (check out Philippa Perry's How to Stay Sane from their book series) and when I came across their recent video "Envy of the Future," I was immediately intrigued. But then, I got sad. Real sad. 

Read more | 10/30/2015 - 15:42

The rise of fandom, one of the newer entries in our trend collection, was front and center earlier this month at the 2015 New York City Comic Con. Final official attendance topped 167,000 people over the four days of the show. That growth was helped by an expansion of the convention from the Javits Center to offsite locations - further evidence of the growth of fandom and fandom events.

Read more | 10/24/2015 - 14:43