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Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School (TFSX)

Resources on Futures Thinking and Strategic Foresight

The CT State Library and partner TFSX are pleased to offer 3-day virtual professional development opportunities for organizational cohorts.

Building on four years of the IMLS-supported Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School, the CT State Library and partner TFSX (formerly Kedge: The Futures School) are training organizational cohorts, including library systems, associations, and partner networks. The initial phase empowered individuals with strategic foresight, successfully training over 400 library workforce members. In this next iteration, the initiative takes a systems perspective, integrating strategic foresight into operations and infusing futures thinking into institutional capacity, cultural shifts, technological innovation, model processes, and succession planning. Each cohort trains a team of staff members with foresight tools to lead their library to the future.

The Connecticut State Library Division of Library Development's Transformation for Libraries: The Futures School is made possible by a supplemental grant following the successful Institute of Museum and Library Services grant #RE-250063-OLS-21 in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. 

Sarah Fuller, Senior Program Officer at IMLS, referred to the program as “a game changer for librarians."

Who Should Apply?

Library organizational cohorts include state libraries, county libraries, consortia, associations, partner networks, or other library systems.

Cohorts Dates

Each cohort is closed and ONLY open to individuals within the indicated partnership (i.e. state library, county libraries, consortia, associations, or other library systems). There is no fee to participate and all offerings are conducted live-online. Attendance in the full program is required.

  • November 7-9, 2023 (ET)
    • Open Cohort
  • February 6-8, 2024 (ET)
    • Library of Virginia (Closed Cohort) 
  • April 9-11, 2024 (ET)
    • State Library of Pennsylvania (Closed Cohort)
  • June 4-6, 2024 (ET)
    • New Hampshire State Library (Closed Cohort)
  • August 6-8, 2024 (MT)
  • October 8-10, 2024 (MT)
    • Wyoming State Library (Closed Cohort) - Applications Due September 3
  • February 4-6, 2025 (ET)
    • Maryland Library Association (Closed Cohort) - Applications Due January 2
  • April 8-10, 2025 (MT)
    • TRAILS Montana (Closed Cohort) - Applications Due March 4
  • June 3-5, 2025 (ET)
    • Washington State Futures (Closed Cohort) - Applications Due April 29
  • August 5-7, 2025 (ET)
    • New Jersey State Library (Closed Cohort) - Applications Due July 1

Daily Schedule

You must be able to commit to the full 3-day program. Please note all sessions are virtual. Each day we will join together for the following:

  • 8:30 am - 12 pm | Morning Session
  • 12 - 1:30 pm | Break
  • 1:30 - 5 pm | Afternoon Session

There will be a unique Zoom link for each morning and afternoon session.

It is important to be present for the full program since the content builds, and you will be contributing to the same small group during the three days.

How to Apply

If your library organization is interested in applying for one of the available cohort dates listed above, please contact Dawn La Valle, Director of the Division of Library Development at dawn.lavalle@ct.gov

IMLS

Institute of Museum and Library services

 

This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant #RE-250063-OLS-21 in the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

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