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Professional Development and Continuing Education: Futures Conference

Conference Information

Futures Conference LogoFutures Conference, September 25 & 26, 2017

What does the future of libraries look like? How will libraries be impacted by technology? How will they communicate and what tools will be available to help libraries adapt in order to best suit their customers’ needs?

Join librarians from across the country in beginning a discussion on how libraries need to change in order to thrive in the next decade. We imagine a morphing of imagination, inspiration, and information that will transform the way libraries look at the future. Hear speakers share their vision, engage in small group discussions and be a part of a conference where EVERYONE walks away with a plan to navigate the future through newly envisioned possibilities.

A few of Our Presenters (More to come…)

Kevin Mitnick - World's most famous hacker
Kevin Mitnick's presentations include live demonstrations of the latest hacks and cyber threats. His keynotes are akin to technology magic shows that educate and inform while keeping people on the edge of their seats. He offers expert commentary on issues related to information security and increases "security awareness."

David Pescovitz - Institute for the Future
David Pescovitz is a research director at Institute for the Future and a co-editor/partner at the influential tech/culture Web site Boing Boing. He is also the co-founder of Ozma Records, a music label focused on the intersection of science and art to spark the imagination. As a futurist David often presents to senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies about the future of technology, science, innovation and media.  

Dr. James Hughes - Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
James Hughes is a distinguished professor and a nationally-recognized academic expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics. He is also the Director of the Rutgers Regional Report, which has produced over 40 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies on New Jersey and the broader metropolitan region. Dr. Hughes will provide his predictions for the demographics of the future.

The Futures School - Offering hands-on training in forecasting the future
The Futures School offers a vision for a brand new approach to Strategic Foresight. Their approach has been years in the making and emerged from a realization that a gap exists between our increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world and the antiquated leadership and business development approaches we have depended on for so long.

Anthony Iovino  - Arcari + Iovino Architects
As the principal in the architect firm AIA, Anthony Iovino has built his reputation on innovative solutions to design challenges. Anthony's presentation will discuss the role of architecture in the future.

We look forward to seeing you in Atlantic City with our partners Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, COSLINE and LibraryLinkNJ.


Register Now!

There are a limited number of CT Partner Discount Registrations, so don’t delay claim your spot now!  REGISTER HERE.  Please contact Dawn La Valle @ for Registration Access Code. Librarians from Partner States (CT) enjoy a reduced registration date of $195.

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Hotel Information

Borgata Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, NJ – Discounted Room Rates: $114 (plus 14% Occupancy Tax and $5 Atlantic City Occupancy Fee) per night.

  • A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Borgata at the rate of $114 (plus 14% Occupancy Tax and $5 Atlantic City Occupancy Fee) per night.
  • For reservations register online or contact the Borgata Hotel Reservations Department at 609-317-1000 and identify yourself as an attendee of the Futures Conference using Group Code: GBNJL17.
  • Click here for detailed driving directions and maps to Borgata.
  • Self-parking is available at the Borgata hotel garage for $5 per night for hotel guests. Valet parking is located at the entrance to The Water Club for $10 per visit.

Scholarship Information

$500 Scholarship to Attend 2017  Futures Conference

The Council of State Libraries in New England (COSLINE) has kindly provided each Futures Conference Partner State Library with $500 in Conference support. The Connecticut State Library has decided to use the funding to offer a $500 Scholarship to one CT librarian to attend the Conference.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship (scholarship is sufficient to cover registration and one night accommodation or travel) to attend the Futures Conference on September 25th an 26th at the Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, please submit a short essay of no more than 500 words (illustrations, animation and other creative submissions are welcome) with your perspective on the Future of Libraries. There is no right or wrong answer, but a creative, innovative and open outlook is important.

Send your submission to my attention no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, August 21st.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 860.757.6665.

Thank you and good luck!

Dawn La Valle

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