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  • 2013
  • ALA 2011
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    • 1. Reflecting on the Future Joe Matthews November 2013
    • 2. Shameless Commerce Section
    • 3. My Road Map • Rules of the Game • Scenario Planning • Library Scenarios • Re-imagining • Planning Horizon
    • 4. 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
    • 5. It’s not linear Alternate futures Now
    • 6. Strategic planning is not only looking down the road, it is …
    • 7. … not just a map
    • 8. … it is a plan to arrive at a specific destination!
    • 9. 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”
    • 10. 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.
    • 11. Disruption is a reality
    • 12. Building Scenarios Experience LEARNING SPACE INSPIRATION SPACE Explore Excite Empowerment Innovation MEETING PLACE PERFORMANCE SPACE Participate Create Involvement
    • 13. 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
    • 14. Library Scenarios
    • 15. Confronting the Future
    • 16. 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!
    • 17. Re-imagining Libraries
    • 18. Re-imagining Services • Search • Discovery • Content • Shelving • Librarians
    • 19. 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
    • 20. Possibilities abound … Just do not dismiss opportunities
    • 21. 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?
    • 22. Joe@JoeMatthews.Org
    • 23. Joe Matthews Joe@JoeMatthews.Org