The Future of Libraries: Exploring Lifelong Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Entrepreneurship Training

Date(s) - 10/11/2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



With lifelong learning at the center of much of what we foster in contemporary libraries, we can sometimes be overwhelmed by the flood of information about developments, trends, and challenges that help shape our possible futures. Without a grounding in rapidly-evolving topics including artificial intelligence and entrepreneurship training, we may find ourselves ill-prepared to serve library users face to face and online as that future continues to unfold.

This highly-interactive one-hour exploration of how recent developments in artificial intelligence, programs focused on developing entrepreneurial skills (particularly through library makerspaces), and learning initiatives overall will help us take advantage of those developments to continue creating a library of the future that meets our communities’ varied needs.

Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:
Have at least three resources that can be incorporated into strategic-planning efforts to help shape the library of the future
Be able to cite at least three current developments that are likely to have tremendous impacts on how the library of the future continues to develop
Have identified at least two concrete steps they will take within the next month to prepare themselves and their colleagues for the library of the future

Those interested in pre-session preparation for the discussions are encouraged to skim the following resources before attending the webinar:

“Library of the Future: Trends”
ALA Center for the Future of Libraries

“Emerging Technologies in Libraries: Artificial Intelligence”
Jason Griffey, The Aspen Institute, Posted on YouTube December 18, 2015
“Leadership Brief: Strengthening Libraries as Entrepreneurial Hubs”
Urban Libraries Council, 2018

Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.

Paul Signorelli ~ Biography
Paul, author of the forthcoming Change the World Using Social Media (Rowman & Littlefield, winter/spring 2019) and co-author of Workplace Learning & Leadership with Lori Reed (ALA Editions, 2011), served as director of staff training for the San Francisco Public Library system before becoming an independent writer-trainer-presenter-consultant.

He collaborates with clients and colleagues to identify and work with current trends in ways that help them better serve members of the communities with which they work; served on New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project expert panels identifying and documenting educational-technology developments, trends, and challenges in libraries and other learning organizations from 2010-2017 before becoming a founding partner in FOEcast (Future of Education forecast); is a member of the ALA Library & Information Technology Association (LITA); and writes extensively to document and promote ed-tech innovations.

He earned his MLIS through the University of North Texas online program, and remains active in training-teaching-learning through ALA and ATD (the Association for Talent Development) at a variety of levels.


Registration is closed for this event.