For immediate release | December 17, 2013

Visions of the future library discussed in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — What challenges and changes lie ahead for our libraries? In “The Future of Libraries: What’s Your Vision?” a panel will look into the crystal ball and discuss the possibilities, led by moderator David Lee King, digital branch and services manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County (Kan.) Public Library. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern for American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. This episode is sponsored by Innovative, and joining us for the 60-minute discussion will be:

  • Marshall Breeding, library technology consultant, speaker and author;
  • Buffy Hamilton, librarian at Norcross High School in metropolitan Atlanta, library technology writer and speaker;
  • Bohyun Kim, digital access librarian at Florida International University Medical Library;
  • Joseph Murphy, director of library futures, Innovative Interfaces.

Innovative is dedicated to providing leading technology solutions and services that empower libraries and enrich their users worldwide. Innovative’s flagship library services platform, Sierra, is the most rapidly adopted product in library automation history. The company's versatile and market-leading solutions also include the Millennium ILS, the Encore discovery solution, Electronic Resource Management, Decision Center collection management tool, the SkyRiver cataloging service, and INN-Reach resource sharing. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Innovative serves thousands of libraries in over 50 countries and has offices around the world. You can keep up with Innovative on CEO INN-Sights, a blog maintained by the company’s CEO, Kim Massana.

AL Live is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own expert on-hand. We look forward to your joining us. To receive e-mail reminders, register at, or go to at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

For information about advertising or sponsoring an AL Live event, contact: Doug Lewis, American Libraries magazine,, (770) 333-1281. For general information or press inquiries about AL Live, contact: Rob Christopher, Marketing Coordinator,, (312) 280-5052.

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Marketing Coordinator

American Library Association

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