Road Trip Symposium: The Library of the Future, or, What is the Future of the Library?

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There’s no substitute for F2F (Face to Face) Networking. Join us at the Road Trip Symposium : The Library of the Future, or The Future of the Library, our only in-person event of the Route 66 Chapter of SLA in 2019!

Join us for a one-and-a-half day “symposium different” to hear from  information professionals who are successful in demonstrating their value, and then connect with colleagues old and new for brainstorming, idea sharing, and networking.

Road Trip Symposium Draft Agenda

Friday, August 9, 2019

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.           Registration, Networking Activity, and Dinner (companion activity)

LOCATION: Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, Manzano Room, 1015 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Saturday, August 10, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.          Registration and Coffee

LOCATION: Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, Sandia Room

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.          Welcome and Introductions – Heather Kotula, president of the Route 66 Chapter of SLA

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.        Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship: What is the Future of the Special Librarian?

Stephen Abram, MLIS, Principal, Lighthouse Consulting, Inc. and Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

As past SLA president, Donna Scheeder, noted, “Change is Our Tradition.”   What do you think?  Our speaker will share what’s happened, what’s happening, and strategies for success in the coming years based on his 2018 book, “Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship.”  There are exciting trends in technology and other shifts happening in the world of business, research, and socio-economically.  Let’s have a grand discussion in Albuquerque!

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.    Networking Break

10:45a.m.–12:15 p.m. Session 1 – Future Library Spaces

Moderator: Jim Martin, Associate Librarian, University of Arizona

Speakers: Mary Talley, President and Lead Consultant, Talley Partners; Robyn Huff-Eibl, Department Head, University Libraries’ Access & Information Service Department,  Speaker TBA

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.       Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.       Session 2 – Regarding Tribal Libraries

Moderator: Jonna Paden, Special Projects, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Speakers: TBA, Speaker TBA, Speaker TBA

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.         Networking Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.         Sponsor Lightning Rounds

Moderator: TBA

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.           Wrap Up Day One

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.          Route 66 Chapter Open Business Meeting

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.         Dinner and Networking Activity (companion activity)

                                LOCATION: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Sunday, August 11, 2019

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.         Registration and Coffee

LOCATION: Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn, Sandia Room

9:00 – 12:00 p.m.       The Future Is Researchable

Joe Murphy, MLIS, MBA, MS Foresight

Joe will conduct a workshop geared specifically for special librarians that provides attendees with practical skills and methods to research, plan, and create futures that increase the value their organizations create.  Foresight combines research, strategy, and execution to increase the heads-up time you can give your boss before stuff hits the fan. Its methods also increase stakeholders confidence in its continued success and stability. Not predictions, nor astrology, the methods of Strategic Foresight that Joe will share are rigorous, research-driven and tied to practical functioning, planning, and operations. He will share a few of the most impactful of a master’s degree-worth of techniques that have been put through the forge of an MBA and refined in real-world projects. Attendees will leave the event equipped with a better handle on their organizations’ future and how to explore it systematically. The workshop will focus 100% on (and be accountable for) delivering useful skills.

Joe will teach skills to take the future from an unknowable to a research project. Participants will learn how to:

  • maximize certainty about the most likely future state and how other possible futures can emerge before they surprise you.
  • scope questions about the future and amplify information skills in critically consuming and synthesizing forecasts, trends, and futures reports.
  • critically gauge the implications of internal decisions and external pressures.
  • strategically choose what drivers of change and trends to consider.
  • identify how their organizations may be disrupted.

These skills provide a true competitive advantage in decreasing uncertainty and increasing confidence about the future. Participants will gain guided practice of these skills in their ecosystem during the event.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.       (Happy Trails To You) Until We Meet Again Luncheon (companion activity)

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Headquarters Hotel is the Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn at 1015 Rio Grande Boulevard NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, 505-217-1603. Rates are $98 for one adult per night or $108 for two adults per night and includes breakfast in the restaurant.