Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Learn about key trends shaping the future of work, and understand how your public library can play an important role in creating communities that are prepared for change. Structural shifts in our workforce such as automation and AI, the sharing and gig economy, systemic income and educational inequity, and entrepreneurship and design thinking will impact workers and businesses in your community.
This session begins with a presentation by library workforce development specialists from King County Library System and The Seattle Public Library, who will share research on the evolving economic landscape as well as successes and lessons from their own experiences. It then breaks into structured hands-on individual and interactive small-group activities that allow participants to explore how these broader workforce trends and library responses might apply in their own individual communities.
By the end of this session, you will:
• understand some of the key shifts in the future of work that are impacting your patrons;
• be able to connect those broader trends to impactful library partnerships and services;
• have begun formulating a plan to develop service responses customized for your own library.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA, Center for the Future of Libraries
Meeting Type: Symposium on the Future of Libraries
Cost: Included with full conference registration.