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Program to Host Urban Libraries Council Audio Conference

November 20, 2008

LIS students, faculty, alumni and practitioners are invited to attend the "Future Savvy: Trend Impacts and Organizational Readiness" audio conference on Dec. 10, 2008 from 1:00-2:30p.m. in the Kresge Auditorium

This audio conference, presented by the Urban Libraries Council and hosted by the LIS Program, will examine two trends -- changing social values and changes in work environments -- and demonstrate how to anticipate the impacts those trends will have on public library customers and work places. 

A recording of the conference will be made available from the Urban Libraries Council.

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More About this Conference:

Andy Hines, Futurist and Director of Custom Projects for Social Technologies LLC, will demonstrate how public libraries can extrapolate business implications from emerging trends. He will look at the impact of trends in social values on customer relations and services. Implications on the future of library organizations and culture will be drawn from examining new trends in work.

In the second part of the program, Hines will introduce ULC members to a “Foresight Maturity Model” developed by Social Technologies LLC that provides a blueprint (and check list!) for building forecasting capacity across the library organization. The maturity model framework, originally developed as an analytical tool at Carnegie Mellon, evaluates organizational actions in six practices of foresight – leadership, framing, scanning, forecasting, visioning, planning – and provides a diagnostic for actionable
growth and improvement.

Prior to joining Social Technologies LLC, Hines served as Futurist at Dow Chemical, and earlier, managed the Global Trends Program for the Kellogg Company.

Reaction panelists for this program include Melanie Huggins, Director, St. Paul Public Library MN; Sheldon Kaye, Director, Lee County Library System FL; and Rose Dawson, Director, Alexandria Public Library VA.