A recap of Envisioning our Information Future and How to Educate for It #InfoFuture

I spent much of last week at an innovative conference/workshop, “Envisioning our Information Future and How to Educate for It” at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College (Boston, MA). The workshop (funded via an IMLS grant led by Dr. Eileen G. Abels, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College along with partners Dr. Linda C. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Dr. Lynne C. Howarth, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto) brought together a diverse group of library (and archives and museums) practitioners, funders, educators, and users from across the US and Canada. Many there were familiar faces (complete list of participants), but I also met a number of interesting new people.

Let by a pair of facilitators from the firm Tomorrow Makers, there were various group activities, innovative reporting out and kinesthetic exercises to inspire explorations on what “information services” and how to train future generations, is. Personally, I felt there was too much dancing around the topic til the third day. Never a fan of “information services”, lukewarm to “information science”, and a big fan of just plain “libraries, librarianship, and librarians”. The concept of “taking back the term library”was batted around a bit. We were also asked to bring along an object and a book that would be part of the events. The range of items was quite interesting. It was fun to see that one of the books (not from me) was Smithsonian Secretary Clough’s Best of Both Worlds (on digitization and collections). You can see what I brought and why at this post “McLuhan, Lincoln, and Dodos: Attending “Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate for It” at @SimmonsSLIS this week”

Some more shots of the meeting:


Originally published at www.udc793.org on January 28, 2015.

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