I've over-committed myself in ALA, and as a result, I don't get to attend many sessions when I go to Midwinter and Annual. I'm looking forward to having that change at some point, even if it is a few years away.
That said, here's a session that I would like to attend more than anything at this year's Annual conference. If you're able to go, be sure to tell me all about it! Or blog it and send me the link!
Title - "The Ultimate Debate: Do Libraries Innovate?
Speakers: Stephen Abram, Joe Janes, Karen Schneider, and Andrew Pace"
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Saturday, June 23, 2007
Room: Renaissance Mayflower (MAY) Grand Ballroom
Description - Libraries did not invent Google Book Search, LibraryThing,
Facebook, or any other innovation critical to the new information era
and knowledge economy. We make use of these inventions, but is that
enough? What prevents us from being more creative? Questions and answer
Is there any evidence that libraries are innovative institutions?
Question 2 (reserve):
What is your definition of an innovative library and what would be some
of its qualities?
What prevents libraries from innovating?
Can libraries become more innovative, and if so, how?
What will happen if libraries do not become more innovative?
Even if libraries become more innovative, can they hope to compete with
the private sector for their user's attention?
What is your vision for the future of library innovation, and what is
your level of confidence in achieving it?
Please join Stephen Abram, Joe Janes, Karen Schneider, and Andrew Pace
for the ultimate debate on these questions.