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How might we help the Knight
Foundation support library innovation?

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation team is shaping their next round of library innovation grants, and they’re looking for ideas. How might we help them support library evolution?

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Searchlights and Sunglasses:
Five lessons for the library world

Why would librarians and LIS educators pay attention to a journalism textbook? Because the digital shift is affecting journalists and librarians in many of the same ways. And because we haven’t seen a textbook like this before.

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It’s a good day to be a librarian

People with library and information science degrees are putting their skills to work in all kinds of interesting places. But the places may not be libraries, and the job titles may not say “librarian.”

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Should librarians learn to code?

That depends on what you mean by “code.” But knowing how to make computers do things is a useful skill, and as Robert Hernandez notes, “It’s not magic.”

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Does your library have a question?

Focusing on a single question can be a compelling way to guide a personal career. It can also be an intriguing way to guide an organization.

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Take a step toward the future

There are interesting things to learn from a professional futurist. Especially one like Brian David Johnson, who says, “The future of libraries is awesome.”

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Building community assets

The value of a library lies in its ability to develop community assets, says library educator Ken Haycock. And the future of libraries depends on our ability to share that vision with community leaders.

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Start with your best guess

The Foundation Center’s strategic plan is based on core assumptions about philanthropy and social change over the next decade. What can we assume about the future landscape for libraries?

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Prototyping tomorrow’s libraries

What might libraries be like decades from now? A decade of Dutch exploration uncovered many possible pathways toward the future.

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Designing a new kind of library education

Students at the new Dutch LibrarySchool don’t learn to develop and catalog collections. They learn to reinvent public libraries.

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