Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library (Online)

Public libraries now confront formidable challenges.  The digital transformation of all media affects our resources, services, staff and programs, while changes in users and their needs, the growth of competitive Internet services, and financial stringencies add complexity.

A range of possible responses will be presented as contrasting visions: physical vs. virtual library; individual vs. community focus; portal vs. archive service; collection vs. creative approach.

Hear about this new report from ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.  This session features the report’s author Dr. Roger Levien, OITP Fellow.  Perspectives from the field will be provided by Maxine Bleiweis, Westport Public Library, and Marc Gartler, Madison Public Library.

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