Futureproofing Your Library with Joan Frye Williams

Course Objectives:

Every day brings news about one trend or another: print books are on the way out, people under thirty conduct their entire lives on their smart phones, social media are replacing traditional advertising, and the Baby Boomers are trying to prove that 70 is the new 50. OK, fine—but are these really trends? And if so, what are we supposed to DO about them?

According to library consultant and futurist Joan Frye Williams, we won’t keep libraries strong in a changing world just by chasing the latest trends. On the other hand, we won’t fulfill our mission by hanging back, content to rest on our laurels. “Futureproofing” is about what we can do to prepare for tomorrow, today.

Joan will help connect the dots between broad external trends and productive library practices. She will offer practical suggestions about • Emerging – and submerging – roles for libraries, • Promising tools and technologies, • Opportunities for re-purposing the resources we already have, and • Savings based on what we can stop doing and what it’s safe to ignore.
If you want to do the right work, get credit for doing it, and maybe even have a little fun in the process, don’t miss this webinar.

For more than 20 years Joan Frye Williams has been a successful librarian, consultant, vendor, planner, designer, evaluator and user of computerized library and information systems. She is the president of her own consulting firm, specializing in information technology planning, management and marketing.

Just to give you an idea of how long Joan has been interested in library issues, her first library job was as a page in 1964. Since then she been continuously employed in the library field. Along the way she received an MLS from the University of California at Berkeley (1975) and in addition to her consulting practice she has worked in both public and academic libraries, for library automation vendors, as well as at the California State Library.

Joan is best known as an acute-and sometimes irreverent-observer of trends in what she calls "the cultural anthropology of libraries and library automation." Her greatest interest is in how people behave when confronted by new technology and she always offers practical advice for coping with the changes that technology can bring.

Joan is considered globally as a library futurist. Her company is based in California.