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Strategic Visions for the21st Century Public Library                 Dr. Roger Levien    Fellow, Office for Information   ...
   Challenges facing all public libraries    ◦ View of the World   Competitive advantages of all public libraries    ◦ V...
View of the World
1.       Continued Disruptive Advances in Digital         Media and Technologies     •   Computation     •   Storage     •...
2.       Heightened Competition     •     In both finding and providing all media     •     Via the Internet / World Wide ...
View of the Library
   People – greatest advantage   Place – physical facilities   Price - free   Principles – freedom, privacy, no bias ...
Strategic visions for public libraries
One Vision
   Librarian Competencies   Collaboration and Consolidation   Digitization   Personalization and Social Networking   ...
for library managers and boards          View of the             World                                        Communicate ...
   Changes over next decades will be profound    ◦ As those over the past decades have been   Successful change so far i...
For further information or assistance:   Dr. Roger E. Levien   President, Strategy & Innovation   Consulting   631 Long Ri...
Confronting the future
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Confronting the future

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Public libraries now confront formidable challenges. The digital transformation of all media affects our resources, services, staff and programs, while changes in users and their needs, the growth of competitive Internet services, and financial stringency add complexity.

To address a range of possible responses and contrasting visions, author Roger Levien provides this perspective on the future of libraries.

For the brief behind this presentation, visit http://www.ala.org/offices/oitp/publications/policybriefs

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Confronting the future

  1. 1. Strategic Visions for the21st Century Public Library Dr. Roger Levien Fellow, Office for Information Technology Policy American Library Association
  2. 2.  Challenges facing all public libraries ◦ View of the World Competitive advantages of all public libraries ◦ View of the Library Dimensions of choice ◦ Strategic alternatives for public libraries ◦ Common elements Choosing a Strategic Vision ◦ A process for libraries Conclusion ◦ If libraries are to continue to fulfill their valuable role in society, they must take an active role in shaping their future
  3. 3. View of the World
  4. 4. 1. Continued Disruptive Advances in Digital Media and Technologies • Computation • Storage • Communication • Displays • Cloud of services • Software • New media and new genres Media Ecosystem Disruptions
  5. 5. 2. Heightened Competition • In both finding and providing all media • Via the Internet / World Wide Web • From vast collections around the World3. Demographic Transformation • Larger, aging population • More diverse ethnically and racially4. Financial Constraints • At every level of government • For this decade at least
  6. 6. View of the Library
  7. 7.  People – greatest advantage Place – physical facilities Price - free Principles – freedom, privacy, no bias Pride – community asset Package – one-stop shop
  8. 8. Strategic visions for public libraries
  9. 9. One Vision
  10. 10.  Librarian Competencies Collaboration and Consolidation Digitization Personalization and Social Networking Archiving and Cataloging Pricing Community Service
  11. 11. for library managers and boards View of the World Communicate Global/Local Set Determine Develop Alternative AssessMission Strategic Visions & Decide& Goals Imperatives Global/Local View of the Implement Library Global/Local
  12. 12.  Changes over next decades will be profound ◦ As those over the past decades have been Successful change so far is encouraging ◦ But challenges in future will be even more difficult Choices that have been described respond to these challenges, but success is not assured If libraries are to continue to fulfill their valuable role in society, they must take an active role in shaping their future
  13. 13. For further information or assistance: Dr. Roger E. Levien President, Strategy & Innovation Consulting 631 Long Ridge Road, Unit 10 Stamford, CT 06902 Roger.Levien@gmail.comPDF copies of “Confronting the Future” http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/oitp/publications /policybriefs/confronting_the_futu.pdf

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