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FROM JULY 2014 ...

Back to the Future: When Visioning Pays Off | Editorial

By Rebecca Miller

Empty moving boxes perch on filled ones all through LJ’s offices. One of them now contains a record I’ll look forward to referencing in another nine years. As our staff gear up to move to a new space, I focused on weeding paper documents that had migrated from ...

FROM MARCH 2013 ...

Skills for Leading Libraries of the Future | Leading From the Library

By Steven Bell

As higher education transforms and evolves in new ways in the years ahead, what are the appropriate skills for library leaders? Out of five skill areas identified as those leaders will need for 2020, librarians are well-suited for a few, but will need to gain expertise in others ...

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FROM SEPTEMBER 2013 ...

The Library as Catalyst for Civic Engagment | Reinventing Libraries

By Joseph Janes

In 2020, the public library will be a concept more than a place. The library will be more about what it does for people rather than what it has for people. As society evolves and more content becomes digital, people will access information in different ways. Physical items will be less ...

FROM SEPTEMBER 2015 ...

The New Placemakers | New Landmark Libraries 2015

By Emily Puckett Rodgers

Welcome to the latest round of the New Landmark Libraries (NLL). It’s been four years since the NLL project launched, first identifying 20 public libraries and the following year seven academic libraries from nationwide to help inform and inspire those facing the opportunity of ...

FROM JUNE 2016 ...

Aspen in Action | Community Engagement

By April Witteveen

“We needed to change the conversation about libraries,” says Gina Millsap, CEO of Kansas’s Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL), the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. Millsap refers to her ongoing work with the Aspen Institute, an international leadership ...

FROM MARCH 2016 ...

MIT’s Future of the Library: Encouraging Social Knowledge-Building

By Jennifer Koerber

On February 11, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted a discussion on “The Future of the Library” as part of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. The award is given to a prominent artist in any field ...