Library Futures Presentations

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

In March and April of 2013, we brought in two guest speakers as part of our long-range planning process. The guest speakers, urban planner Tony Nelessen and futurist Garry Golden spoke about the future of libraries and how they can learn to anticipate changes in society and technology and how those changes will have an impact on our communities and civic institutions. 

Nelessen has more than 37 years of professional experience as an urban designer, professor, author and practitioner in the fields of visioning, physical planning and urban design. His firm, A. Nelessen and Associates, is considered one of the foremost vision planning firms in the country. In his keynote, Revitalizing Cities and Towns in the 21st Century, Nelessen presented a fascinating look at the past, present and future . If you missed his presentation in March, a full recording of it can be found here.      presented a fascinating look at the past, present and future in his keynote; Revitalizing Cities and Towns in the 21st Century.  presented a fascinating look at the past, present and future in his keynote; Revitalizing Cities and Towns in the 21st Century.   

Golden is an academically trained Futurist (MS Futures Studies) who speaks and consults on issues shaping society and business in the 21st century. Garry has consulted on a wide range of projects related to the future of infrastructure for energy and transportation, education/learning, emerging markets, civic and cultural institutions and the implications of demographic transitions. In his keynote, Tapping Your Inner Futurist: Foresight and Future of Appleton Public Library, Golden presented an understanding of how libraries can anticipate changes and how the changes can have an impact on our communities. If you missed his presentation in April, a full recording of it can be found here. Fores