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  • 2013
  • ALA 2011

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  • Reflecting on the Future Joe Matthews November 2013
  • Shameless Commerce Section
  • My Road Map • Rules of the Game • Scenario Planning • Library Scenarios • Re-imagining • Planning Horizon
  • Our Age of Anxiety is, in great part, the result of trying to do today’s job with yesterday’s tools and yesterday’s concepts. Marshall McLuhan
  • It’s not linear Alternate futures Now
  • Strategic planning is not only looking down the road, it is …
  • … not just a map
  • … it is a plan to arrive at a specific destination!
  • Scenario Planning • Process of imagining alternative futures – and identify their implications • Recognizing that we do not have one future, but many • Allows ‘options’ to remain in ‘play’ • Seeks to consider new and different options • Liberates us from past thinking • Helps us move to a “preferred future”
  • Scenarios • Helps us to bring new ideas into our thinking and planning • Helps us to think more broadly about the forces that are impacting libraries • Are a great tool for engaging others so that many views and insights are explored • Nothing is right or wrong. Scenarios encourage us to think about things we normally don’t think about.
  • Disruption is a reality
  • Building Scenarios Experience LEARNING SPACE INSPIRATION SPACE Explore Excite Empowerment Innovation MEETING PLACE PERFORMANCE SPACE Participate Create Involvement
  • Possible Dimensions • Technology (Hi & Lo); Touch (Hi & Lo) • Eco-framework; Values retention • Institution-driven vs. Customer-led; Structure (Inflexible vs. Flexible) • State supported vs. market driven; closed (traditional) vs. open (MOOC) • Funding climate; adaptability
  • Library Scenarios
  • Confronting the Future
  • Its all about building stories & ideas around a framework as a means to an ongoing conversation. It’s about what could happen, not what will happen. It’s about developing a preferred future!
  • Re-imagining Libraries
  • Re-imagining Services • Search • Discovery • Content • Shelving • Librarians
  • Planning Horizon • Focus on 3 to 5 years hence • Use scenarios to explore the future with a variety of stakeholders • Focus on a Preferred Future that will really respond to your customer’s needs • Recognize that a plan does not survive the first encounter with “reality” - adjust
  • Possibilities abound … Just do not dismiss opportunities
  • An Important Question Regardless of the scenarios used in the planning process and your choice of a Preferred Future, how will the library add value in the life of each customer?
  • Joe@JoeMatthews.Org
  • Joe Matthews Joe@JoeMatthews.Org