Provided below is a list of events supported by the Center for the Future of Libraries.

Upcoming Events

2016 ALA Annual Conference
June 23 - 28, 2016

Telling Your Library’s Most Compelling Story
Friday, June 24, 2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ticketed Event - $199.00 ALA Members; $224.00 Non-Members
The most powerful brands in the world have learned to develop emotional connections with their customers through stories. Since emotion drives behavior, these stories are critical to the success of an organization. Facilitated by a premiere brand strategist, this workshop uses an archetypal model to explore the essence of what your library represents to your community and determine what stories you can authentically tell. From there, you are ready to align your stories with your strategy and develop ways to communicate and translate them into action. This immersive experience will connect the soul of your library brand with the hearts of your customers.
Learning Objectives:
Develop an understanding of the power of storytelling 
Discover  how to use archetypes as a storytelling framework
Move from storytelling to “storydoing”
Envision how these techniques can move toward the Library of Tomorrow
The workshop will provide an understanding of storytelling as a powerful communication tool by showing the science behind it and providing a framework for telling good stories.  Numerous hands-on activities will be utilized to provide a basis for developing plans and visualizing how to translate plans into action. Sponsored with Demco.
Presenter: Fritz Grutzner, President, Brandgarten
Pivot or Persevere? Creating a Framework for Successful Innovation
Friday, June 24, 2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Ticketed Event - $199.00 ALA Members; $224.00 Non-Members
Changes in libraries are creating the need to embrace innovation in library structure, program and service development, and community engagement. This can be overwhelming, but what if there was a simple way to start small before deploying extensive time and money on solutions that may or may not work? In this intensive, hands-on session, you’ll use Lean Start Up principles, design thinking and deep customer understanding to identify and validate problems, and develop and test solutions. Through an iterative process, learn to pivot or persevere as you bring the best solution forward. The methodology utilized allows libraries to become more efficient and effective in developing new solutions. Especially beneficial for teams - consider attending with others from your library. Sponsored with Demco.
Presenters: Amelia Klawon, Account Manager, Moves the Needle; Heather Hiscox, Facilitator, Moves the Needle
Library of the Future – Think Better: Attention in Education with Steelcase
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am
HYATT Regency Orlando, Plaza Ballroom G
Given what we know about how the brain works, how can we maximize student attention and - by extension - improve student success? New research and insights into the neuroscience of attention can help us design spaces that minimize distraction and help students gain and keep attention. These spaces recognize students' diverse backgrounds, skills, hopes and dreams and prepare them for the moving target of a creative economy and jobs that often don't even exist yet. As educators and educational spaces compete with technology and its attendant interruptions, a focus on conducive spaces is more important than ever.
Presenter: Steve Slifka, National Architect & Design Leader, Steelcase Education
Library of the Future – Learning with the Raspberry Pi Foundation
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
HYATT Regency Orlando, Plaza Ballroom G
Maker-focused technology products such as Arduino, littleBits, and Raspberry Pi offer affordable technology that can be used as both a tool and a material in maker projects. With greater access to these empowering technologies, how do librarians and educators support young people and maker communities? Matt Richardson, Raspberry Pi Foundation Product Evangelist, will share a vision for digital making and physical computing in formal and informal education settings. Attendees will learn how the Raspberry Pi Foundation fosters a deeper understanding of technology among people of all ages through affordable computers, educational resources, and a community of enthusiasts.
Presenter: Matt Richardson, Product Evangelist, Raspberry Pi Foundation
Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group
Saturday June 25, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Rosen Centre, Salon 10
Meeting of the Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group. Conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to participate in the conversation.
Library of the Future – Learning with Gensler's Approach to Community Engagement
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
HYATT Regency Orlando, Plaza Ballroom G
Utilizing the library as a force for social good in your community starts with a dedicated and thoughtful engagement process with community residents and community leaders.  This session will explore strategies that are rooted in Gensler's past research alongside current trends in community engagement while considering how they combine to create future-ready libraries that are responsive to diverse communities with changing needs.
Presenter: Scott Wightman, Associate, Gensler
Library of the Future – The Feasibility Study as a Catalyst for Change
Sunday, June 26, 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am
HYATT Regency Orlando, Plaza Ballroom G
As libraries evolve into community problem solvers, librarians are faced with the challenge of assessing square footage and capacity, balancing community needs and wants, advocating to the public and donors, and wading through complicated forms and civic red tape. Dreaming of a 21st century library is one matter. Making it a reality is quite another. A feasibility study can bridge that gap, serving as a catalyst to transform your library into a library of the future. OPN Architects will explain what a feasibility plan is and isn't and offer tools to move forward with your renovation, addition, or new facility. 
Presenters: Bradd Brown, Principal, OPN Architects, Inc., and Mindy Sorg, Associate, Lead Interior Designer, OPN Architects, Inc.
Library of the Future – Top Tools for Changemakers
Sunday, June 26, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
HYATT Regency Orlando, Plaza Ballroom G
Design thinking and lean startup systems are rich in low-tech tools for changemakers. Simple techniques such as affinity mapping, decision matrices, and prototyping can be used by any library staff person for the discussion of new ideas, to spark creativity, or to rejuvenate existing programs. Session facilitators will explain how the tools work and share examples of how they have been useful in a library setting. The session will end with 30-minutes of hands-on practice with librarian-coaches. Co-sponsored by the Library Entrepreneurship & Maker Services MIG and the Center for the Future of Libraries.
Presenters: Lisa Bunker, Social Media Librarian, Pima County Public Library; Erin Berman, Project Manager - Technology and Innovation, San Jose Public Library; Sonya Durney, Team Leader - Business and Government, Portland Public Library; and Brian Pichman, Co-Founder and Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project
Library of the Future – Learning with the Harry Potter Alliance
Sunday, June 26, 2016, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
HYATT Regency Orlando, Plaza Ballroom G
For over a decade the Harry Potter Alliance has used pop culture and fandom enthusiasm to spark civic engagement. By drawing parallels between our favorite stories and real world issues, fan activism has created a global network of heroes for our own world. Learn how you can turn your library into the Room of Requirement and lead your very own Dumbledore's Army.
Presenters: Janae Phillips, Chapters Director, The Harry Potter Alliance, and Katie Bowers, Campaigns Director, The Harry Potter Alliance
Library of the Future – Learning with Matthew Broffman and Innovation at the City of Orlando
Monday, June 27, 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am
HYATT Regency Orlando, Plaza Ballroom G
As Director of Innovation for the City of Orlando, Matthew Broffman is driving innovations that help the city achieve efficiencies, advance economic goals, and increase civic engagement. Broffmanís human-centered design approach consider the needs of citizens first, develop services and policies out of those needs to be truly responsive to what Orlando residents need today. Learn how Broffman and the city are leveraging data and technology to create a new approach to innovation in Orlando.
Presenter: Matthew Broffman, Director of Innovation, City of Orlando
Library of the Future – Learning with Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Monday, June 27, 2016, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
HYATT Regency Orlando, Plaza Ballroom G
Hotels are rapidly adapting to the expectations of today's consumers - and the Hyatt brand is leading innovation within the industry. The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress' LakeHouse Restaurant represents the essence of Hyatt's "food thoughtfully sourced, carefully served" philosophy, emphasizing a comfortable and inviting space (communal tables and chef's kitchen islands) with lifestyle-based menus (locally sourced, seasonally driven) that changes to keep visitors intrigued. Learn how Hyatt leverages experiences like a walk-through herb garden, playful plate presentations, and open spaces to create a memorable guest experience that builds a connection with the local destination.
Presenter: David Didzunas, Executive Chef, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Past Events 

2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 8 - 12, 2016

News You Can Use - Knight News Challenge on Libraries 2016
Saturday January 9, 2016, 9:00am – 10:00am
In February, Knight Foundation will be launching the second Knight News Challenge on Libraries, offering innovative projects a share of $3 million. Join Knight Foundation’s Media Innovation team and some of last year’s library winners to learn about trends they’re seeing and for tips on how to win a grant.
Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group
Saturday January 9, 2016, 10:30am – 11:30am
Libraries Transform - Understanding Change
Saturday January 9, 2016, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Inspired by ALA President Sari Feldman's presidential theme "Libraries Transform," trainers from Kotter International, experts in the process and leadership of change, will lead an interactive session to explore libraries’ current context and look ahead to meeting the imperative for Libraries Transform. Using Dr. John Kotter's renowned 8-Step Process for Leading Change - and its core principles - as a backdrop, session participants will have the opportunity to work with colleagues and Kotter International to answer the questions: Where am I in the process of leading change, and what do I need to be doing now to move my library into the future?
Libraries Transform - Civic and Social and Innovation
Civic Innovators - Sunday January 10, 2016, 8:30am - 11:30am 
Social Innovators - Monday January 11, 2016, 8:30am - 11:30am
Join Boston-based civic and social innovators, including representatives from Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston College’s Center for Social Innovation, and leaders from non-profits and design firms, for two outward-looking forums exploring the changes happening in our communities. Learn more about the issues civic and social innovators are addressing and the strategies they are employing. These innovations can inspire our efforts to help libraries transform. Sessions are designed for individuals' busy meeting schedules - each day will feature three presentations and attendees are encouraged to drop in as their schedules allow.
Co-sponsored with the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
News You Can Use: New Visions for Academic Library Spaces
Monday January 11, 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am 
Following a 2011 Learning Commons renovation focused on refreshed study spaces, a new adaptive plan developed by UMass Lowell Libraries and the architecture firm Perry Dean Rogers is shaping the library's future space by examining functional services and programming. New faculty partnerships support curating book collections but also explore shared, integrated, hoteling spaces and active participation in traditional library services. New advocates are being found through university administrators. And students increasingly play a role as change agents for services. An architect and librarian will share information about the process for this planning and insights from the work they have completed.

2015 ALA Annual Conference
June 25 - 30, 2015

An Innovation Workshop for Library Entrepreneurs and Makers (and Librarians Who Support Entrepreneurs and Makers)
Friday June 26, 2015
8:30am - 12:30pm

Based in the Lean Startup methodology, Design Thinking, and Participatory Action Research, this workshop will walk participants through a proven process of innovation and idea testing that can be applied to organizational development, professional learning, new programs and initiatives, and more. Participants will explore how to develop and test a "venture" idea over the course of the workshop and engage in hands-on practice with tools they can use to continue to innovate using lean startup and design thinking methodologies with minimal resource investment. This preconference is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship and Maker Spaces Member Interest Group.
Presenters: Robin Breault, Co-Founder, LeadLocal Tucson; Lisa Bunker, Pima County Public Library; Brooke McDonald, Co-Founder, LeadLocal Tucson 

Library of the Future – Learning from the Participatory Library at Cedar Rapids Public Library
Saturday June 27, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am

In June 2008 a destructive flood swept through the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In the wake of the flood, a visionary group realized that the silver lining to the story was the opportunity to radically re-imagine the role a library could play in the life of the community. The focus was on creating a space that, in the words of the library director would be “more like an Apple Store than the DMV.” The new Cedar Rapids Public Library opened in August of 2013 and the impact of that design decision has been astonishing. Before the flood, the library saw 11,000 annual visitors come through the library for meetings and special events. In contrast, during the first year of operation, the new library hosted 102,000 visitors and is on track to host 150,000 people in 2015.  This panel discussion between library staff and the design team from OPN Architects will address the philosophy that drove the development of the new library, the design choices that were made and take a candid look at the results.
Presenters: Bradd Brown, Principal, OPN Architects; Amber Mussman, Community Relations Manager, Cedar Rapids Public Library; Dara Schmidt, Director, Cedar Rapids Public Library Library ; Mindy Sorg, Associate, OPN Architects
Download a pdf of the presentation slides   Access the video from OPN Architects and Cedar Rapids Public Library 

Library of the Future - Because Innovation is a Literacy
Saturday June 27, 2015
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Innovation is to literacy as library is to 
(a) Social good   (b) Community 
(c) Democracy    (d) All of the above
Innovation is a literacy -- and it can be taught at your library. In this interactive program, Pima County Public Library's Idea+Space founder, Lisa Bunker, and innovation coaches from LeadLocal will teach new structures that help people make their ideas real and actionable. Come learn how "Lean Startup" techniques can create transformative programming for all ages at your library. This program is sponsored by the Entrepreneurship and Maker Spaces Member Interest Group and the Center for the Future of Libraries.
Presenters: Robin Breault, Co-Founder, LeadLocal Tucson; Lisa Bunker, Pima County Public Library; Brooke McDonald, Co-Founder, LeadLocal Tucson 

Library of the Future - The Learning-Optimized Library - Learning with Steelcase
Monday June 29, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am

As libraries evolve, new tensions have emerged between learning activities and space design. Learn how to  move your space from compromised to optimized, how to effectively support individual and group work and help students make the most of the library to increase student success. Steelcase will give an overview on their research on human behavior in libraries and examples of how to design for these tensions.
Presenter: Mark J. Walters, Product Manager, Steelcase

Library of the Future - Learning with Google's Daniel Russell
Monday June 29, 2015
1:00pm - 2:30pm

What is the future of search, online content, and reference questions?  How can today’s information searchers help us envision the library of the future? Dr. Daniel Russell, library advocate, user, and Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality & User Happiness at Google, will share his thoughts on the future of libraries, online question asking, information search and retrieval. Russell’s work focuses on understanding how searchers think of online content, exploring how they search and what they consider search success and failure. He blogs at SearchReSearch and teaches search skills classes online at, and teaches live search classes at libraries throughout California.
Presenter: Daniel Russell, Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality & User Happiness, Google 

Library of the Future - Learning with the Long Now Foundation
Monday June 29, 2015
3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Long Now Foundation promotes long-term thinking by bringing together a diverse network of individuals in conversation and in pursuit of several long duration projects. Their 10,000 Year ClockRosetta Project language library, and Manual for Civilization encourage individuals to stretch their sense of "now" and bring long-term thinking and responsibility into the everyday decisions that are made. And their new space, The Interval, provides a venue for learning and conversation about big ideas. Join staff from The Long Now Foundation to learn more about how this organization promotes long-term thinking, how they approach these big projects, and what insights they have for the library of the future.
Presenters: Catherine Borgeson, Programs Associate, The Long Now Foundation; Danielle Engelman, Director of Programs, The Long Now Foundation 

Programs from the Knight Foundation's Knight News Challenge: Libraries

Building the New Nostalgia: Making the Case for Why Libraries Matter 
Friday June 26, 2015
2:00pm - 3:00pm

The new book “BiblioTech” argues that libraries are crucial institutions for serving Americans’ 21st century information needs, but that they are also at risk. Librarians and their allies explore how we can best position libraries to thrive in the digital age by leveraging existing—and new—assets amid dwindling government support.
Presenters: John Palfrey, Head of School, Phillips Academy; Dale Dougherty, Founder and Executive Chairman, Maker Media; Meaghan O’Connor, Assistant Director of Programs and Partnerships, District of Columbia Public Library
Moderators: John Bracken, VP of Media Innovation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Carol Coletta, VP of Community and National Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Crowdfunding for Libraries: How to Use Kickstarter to Build Your Community
Saturday June 27, 2015
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Crowdfunding is transforming the way we discover and fund social and creative initiatives.  People, companies and organizations are using platforms such as Kickstarter to maximize their exposure and potential support; libraries are no exception. In this panel, we will explore the question: How can crowdfunding help libraries expand their efforts to increase civic engagement and inform their communities? In addition, we will discuss how best to involve members of the community.
Presenters: Jason Griffey, Founder/Consultant, Evenly Distributed; Margot Atwell, Publishing Outreach Lead, Kickstarter
Moderator: Chris Barr, Director of Media Innovation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Digital Archiving for Humans
Monday June 29, 2015
10:30am - 11:30am

Socializing the archive! Hear about the overlaps and differences between traditional archives and digital startups engaging the social web to make material more interoperable, searchable and usable.
Presenters: Dan Cohen, Executive Director, Digital Public Library of America; P. Toby Graham , University Librarian and Associate Provost, University of Georgia Libraries; Alexis Rossi, Director of Web Services, Internet Archive; Anne Wootton, Founder, Pop Up Archive 

2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting
January 30 - February 3, 2015

How to Foresee the Future(s): Learning with AAM's Center for the Future of Museums

As ALA embarks on their Center for the Future of Libraries, join Elizabeth Merritt, founding director of the American Alliance of Museums’ Center for the Future of Museums (CFM), for an overview of how the Alliance uses forecasting to help museums adapt to a changing world. A discussion on plans for the Center for the Future of Libraries will follow. 
Access the Session Recording with Audio and Slides

On the Horizon: Pressing Technologies, Trends, Challenges for Libraries

How can libraries remain relevant in a Google and Wikipedia world? How can they better foster interdisciplinary research? To effectively foster information discovery and implement emerging technologies, library professionals need timely research and analysis to aid their strategic planning. In this presentation, Samantha Adams Becker, the New Media Consortium's lead writer/researcher of the NMC Horizon Report series and the recent NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition, will take a five-year view to explore the future landscape of academic and research library technology use, along with the trends that are advancing it and the challenges that are impeding it. Each topic discussed will be framed by examples of technology and creative strategies being successfully leveraged in libraries across the world.
Access the Session Recording with Audio and Slides

Summit on the Future of Libraries
Libraries From Now On:  Imagining the Future
May 2-3, 2014

The Summit brings together thought leaders from the library community, from a broad spectrum of educational organizations, federal agencies and foundations that work with libraries to begin a national conversation about the future and libraries. The Summit was organized as an initiative of 2013-2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling. A report from the Summit is available.