The Future of Libraries

I will be giving the Track 3 keynote on the first day of the upcoming Online Information 2013 conference in London, England on November 19th. If you’re in the area, please come by and check it out and say hello. Here’s the abstract:

The Future of Libraries and Information Services

With more and more content going digital, many in the library world are questioning what the future holds for us in this new landscape. Libraries are faced with responding to a dramatic shift in how patrons are accessing and consuming information in this new digital age in tandem with dwindling budgets, fierce competition from other markets, and rising patron (and organisational) expectations. We used to be the only game in town, but now we share it with the likes of Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Apple. Can we compete in an instant access, on-demand world? Do we need to? Will libraries continue to serve as the connection between people, information, and technology? Or will we be the next Blockbuster or Encarta, marginalised to extinction? What do we need to do in order to survive and thrive in this ever-changing, technologically robust era?

I will also be publishing a white paper which will be a companion to and expansion of this presentation topic. Stay tuned for more details!