June 11th–Miriam Pollack, Consultant, Miariam Pollack + Associates joined LILRC for a presentation on Global Trends Affecting Libraries. Attendees explored paradigms in the field and looked at environmental scanning, the life cycle of trends, and strategies for tracking and applying trends.
There are a number of sources that you can refer to for the scanning of trends including newspapers, books, magazines, wikis, blogs, and much more. Some examples include:
- Now and Next (http://nowandnext.com)
- Trendwatching (http://www.trendwatching.com)
- Wired News (http://www.wired.com)
“Look for the outliers and don’t be afraid of the weird and the whacky. Remember that what seems unreasonable today, may well not be viewed that way in the future.”
Miriam also shared the Did You Know? video on the progression of information technology, researched by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman:
Special thanks to the Brentwood Public Library for hosting this event.