Proceedings of the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians

Retiring 2055: Evolution and education in a long library career

Ash E Faulkner


As a librarian at the beginning of her career, the author considers possible near and far-term futures for libraries and librarianship. In this conference proceeding she will discuss her views on the evolving roles of libraries and librarians, possible gap areas in professional development, and possibilities for preparing for evolving patron needs.  In exploring the possible future of libraries, the proceeding will examine the views of professional literature, colleagues, and the author’s personal viewpoint.  Discussion will include the importance of understanding data and the growing need to understand statistical analysis and software; how to utilize professional organizations and personal networks to address learning gaps; and best bet resources for individual learning pursuits.

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