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ERIC Number: EJ1038278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Librarian as Futurist: Changing the Way Libraries Think about the Future
Mathews, Brian
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v14 n3 p453-462 Jul 2014
Are librarians preoccupied with the future? There are countless books, articles, blog posts, webinars, and conference presentations filled with speculation about what libraries will become. This is understandable with the emergence of new roles for libraries and librarians as we determine our identity across the digital landscape. This essay offers guidance for thinking about the future. By adopting the cognitive tools and mindsets used by practitioners of strategic foresight, library leaders can position their organizations for greater impact and value. Knowing how to discover, design, assess, and address possible future scenarios is becoming increasingly critical, and this skill should become part of our professional fluency.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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