The Future of Libraries

Expand Your Reach – Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Future of Libraries is the latest in an annual series of well-received one-day conferences that highlight innovations taking place in libraries today. This year’s conference theme is Expand your Reach.

San Francisco Public Library – Koret Auditorium, Main Library Lower Level, Grove Street Entrance, $30 registration fee
Sessions: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (sign in 8:30-9am)

Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee



FEATURED PRESENTATION: Values-based Futures: Trends, Signals, and Values to Build the Library of the Future

Download the PDF: PLPFutures_Values-BasedFutures

For many futurists and foresight professionals, thinking about the future starts when we activate our minds to looks for signals and trends outside of our immediate environments. In a profession like librarianship, which has adapted to generations of changes and trends, we combine those signals with our professional values to envision new futures for our spaces, programs, services, collections, and partnerships. Miguel Figueroa will share some of the insights from the first three years of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries and some of the values-based innovations that library professionals have proposed for our futures. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Jane Light.

  • Miguel Figueroa, Director, ALA Center for the Future of Libraries
  • Jane Light, Consultant, Pacific Library Partnership
  • Erin Berman, Innovations Manager, San Jose Public Library
  • Candace Bowers, Librarian, Mountain View Public Library
  • Ray DeLara, Library Aide Supervisor, Burlingame Public Library

Livermore Teen Academy

Download the PDF: Livermore Teen Academy – LPL

  • Nathan Brumley, Supervising Librarian, Livermore Public Library

Student Success Initiative – hear from libraries who participated in the Student Success initiative program of the Pacific Library Partnership.

Download the PDF: Future of Libraries 2017 Student Success_v3

  • Carol Frost, CEO, Pacific Library Partnership and Executive Director, PLS
  • Nancy Donnell, Branch Manager, San Jose Public Library
  • Lana Adlawan, Supervising Library for Teen Services, Oakland Public Library

News Literacy Grant

Download the PDF: Fake News Future of libraries

Download the PDF: Fake News Game Show

Download the spreadsheet: Fake News Game Show

  • Carol Frost, CEO, Pacific Library Partnership and Executive Director, PLS
  • Adam Elsholz, Assistant Director, South San Francisco Library
  • Emily Weak, Librarian, Oakland Public Library

Lookmobile – learn about San Mateo County Library’s and the SF Exploratorium’s partnership to create an interactive mobile library.

Download the PDF: San Mateo County Libraries LOOKMOBILE

  • Nicole Cuadra, Library Services Manager, San Mateo County Library
  • Shawn Lani, founder of Studio for Public Spaces, SF Exploratorium

Creating an Effective Outreach Team – learn how you can make your community engagement be more strategic and make the most out of every class visit, tabling event, and presentation.

Download the PDF: Creating an effective outreach team

  • Cathy Crosthwaite, Community Engagement Manager, Sacramento Public Library

Other Information:

Please enter on the Grove Street Side of the building. A map of the area can be found here. The library is very near the Civic Center BART station. If you choose to drive, some nearby public garages are described here. Light refreshments will be provided in the morning. Food and drinks other than water may not be brought into the auditorium. There will be a lunch break from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm and there are many restaurants nearby.

San Francisco Public Library: (Main) 100 Larkin Street San Francisco 94102

Registration closes on October 09, 2017

Questions about the conference, please call Amanda Myers (conference chair) at (510) 981-6278, or

Questions about billing and registration, please call Wendy Cao at (650) 349-5538, or

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