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IN DEPTH STORIES

THE FUTURE OF LIBRARY BOARDS

Michael Burstein
By Michael Burstein

Last year, our library director brought a futurist to meet with the Board of Trustees to help us better understand the future of the library. I vividly remember the first point in his presentation: the vast majority of services the library will provide will stay the same....

SUSTAINABILITY

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
By Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

I’ve been working hard to ensure libraries understand that sustainability involves far more than “going green.” Embracing the Triple Bottom Line definition of sustainability helps libraries think holistically about ...

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PREDICTING THE UNPREDICTABLE

LJ Jan 2016 cover
By John N. Berry III,
LJ Editor-in-Chief in 1976

In January 1976, to celebrate Library Journal's centennial, we asked 25 experts and leading librarians to write essays projecting the future of libraries over the next 25–50 years ...

FUTURE FATIGUE

future fatigue
By Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor

From the moment we started planning this special issue I could practically hear the eye rolls on Twitter—not another Library of the Future. Often expressed informally through back channels, there’s nonetheless a strong contrarian strand of thought that ...

LOOKING FORWARD

Michael Stephens
By Michael Stephens

This year, 2016, marks my tenth year as an LIS professor. I’ve witnessed some big transitions in our field, with more to come. What will LIS education look like in another 20 or 30 years? How will we be teaching the core values of ...

THE FUTURE OF FUTURES

community
By Lisa Peet, Associate News Editor

Some of today’s top libraries are planning for tomorrow in new ways; human-centered design leads the pack by putting people first ...

DESIGNING OUR FUTURE

Rebecca Miller
By Rebecca Miller, Editor-in-Chief

Optimistic, that's how I feel about libraries. That’s how I feel about where they are headed in their important work of feeding the hearts and minds of people of all ages in our increasingly global society.

TREND WATCH

playIn the future, forces large and small will transform our communities.

Download this PDF, which collects all trend pages from the "Designing the Future" issue.

READING LIST

playDownload this PDF, which collects the topic-specific reading lists from all ten trend sections of the "Designing the Future" issue, along with LJ's reviews.