To Infinity and Beyond!Public Library AssociationSpring Symposium 2011
Inspiration New Jersey Blue Ribbon Task Force Mid-Atlantic Futures Conference MN Office of the Legislative Auditor Report on Public Libraries No strategic state plan for libraries General threats and challenges to libraries of all types
Why Multitypes Took the Lead Multicounty multitype library systems take the lead Talk across the lines Recognize challenges and opportunities Know the history of library structures & issues Understand the importance of vision and planning
Steps Multitype directors committed to funding the initial planning meetings Identified individuals and groups to participate in a planning session Issued the invitations Hired a facilitator
Who was invited Regional Public Library Systems Public Libraries Private Colleges U of M Libraries MnScu Libraries Minnesota Library Association Minnesota Educational Media Organization Minitex State Library
First meeting—May 2010 Goals of the Meeting Agree that this was needed Look at process & procedures Create timeline Establish subcommittees
Steering Committee Executive Committee Application Development Finance Session Planning Recruitment Resource & Support for Futurists
Other Steering CommitteeMeetingsJune Accepted work of subcommittees Defined the Futurists Group Application process Session planning for Kick Off
What we wanted to happen Identify challenges, changes, that will impact libraries of all types Create a foundation for a conversation about the future, change, and getting there Involve the library community in the conversation
“Ulterior Motives” Introduce different types of library staff to each other Encourage recognition of the shared problems and issues Encourage acknowledgement that all types of libraries matter Metro-centric attitude would be diluted Identify common challenges Leadership development
Accelerated timeline Aim for Kick Off in October 2010 Selection of participants in September 2010 Futurists report in May 2011
Describe expectations for library service and ways to meet these expectations.
How?Have a facilitated, focusedconversation about ourfuture.
Expectation that the Librarycommunity would be involved in the conversation, be used as resources, & and would be informed throughout the course of the process.
No expectations that thisFuturists Group would be able to define how to implement changes.
Who? A group of designatedpeople to have the focused conversation…and then could initiate a wider conversation.
Applicant Criteria Work in Minnesota library or be a library school student Between the ages 25-35
Questions for Applicants What motivates you to want to be part of a group involved in making recommendations for the future of Minnesota’s Libraries? Describe what comes to mind when you think of “Minnesota Libraries”? If you are selected as a member of the Library Futurists – what do you hope is one possible outcome from the work of the Initiative?
Who Applied? 83 applicants 6 School Librarians 44 Public 7 Special 26 Academic
Selection Criteria & Process All types of libraries Geographic representation Everyone read all the applications Scored on a rubric Face to face discussion of applicants
Futurist Group Profile 3 School Librarians 3 Special/Other 6 Academic Librarians 12 Public Librarians Geographic representation