Library Futures Kickoff Event

Registration deadline is Wednesday, October 13

“We’re all practical futurists now. The future happens so quickly that we need
to make plans here and now for what will happen next.”
–Michael Rogers

Monday, October 18, 2010
University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 8:30)
Registration fee: $25.00
(Parking is on your own, $6 for the day)

The Minnesota Library Community is invited to Kick Off the Minnesota Library Futures Initiative. This event will begin the focused conversation that addresses how we can meet the changes occurring in Minnesota libraries now and in the future.

The 24 Minnesota Library Futurists are asked to Envision the Library in 2025. To get them—and the library community—off to a good start the speakers will talk about how to think at the future and offer some action steps. Join them to hear the keynote speakers and then take the opportunity to share your ideas with them during lunch.

To register, visit
Michael Rogers: The Practical Futurist
Michael Rogers, the Practical Futurist, will speak about what it means to be a futurist, how to think about the future, and trends through 2025 including the Virtualization of America. At the end, Michael will give us actions steps.  More information about Michael at

Christine Lind Hage
Christine Hage is a former president of the Public Library Association and ALA Councilor for the American Library Association (ALA).  She currently serves on ALA’s Office for Information Technology Advisory Committee and chairs the Committee for America’s Libraries for the 21st Century. Christine was involved in the production of the 2010 ALA Checking Out the Future Report. She will speak about the report including the process used to produce it. She will also talk about future trends in libraries and innovative programming already happening that is futures-based.

Questions?  Email or call 651-646-0475