For two days in May, two hundred librarians will meet with visionaries from the disciplines of anthropology, architecture, public policy and science to discuss the future of libraries. By looking outside of the library, we seek to explore unique ideas that will make the difference.

Imagine merging information and imagination to transform the way we look at our future. And then working together to build a solid foundation that will serve as a concrete plan with which to move forward.

Be a part of this exclusive conclave and share your perspectives on how we can affect the future of libraries.

Register today. Space is limited. Registration Form

Sponsoring Organization Member – $200 per
Non-Member – $400

Hotel Reservations

Special Conference Rate of $139 per night available for Sunday, May 6 and Monday May 7
Contact Borgata Hotel at 1.866.MY BORGATA, and ask for Mid-Atlantic Library Futures Conference rate.

Keynote Speakers

Raymond Kurzweil, Kurweil Technologies, Inc.
Innovation in the 21st Century

Topic: Early in the Twenty-First Century, Knowledge will Underlie Everything of Value

Ray Kurzweil is a pioneer in the fields of optical character recognition (OCR), text-to-speech synthesis, speech recognition technology, and electronic keyboard instruments. His success is legendary He founded and developed nine businesses in technologies that continue to be market leaders. Ray’s Web site,, is a leading resource on artificial intelligence.
Ray Kurzweil was inducted in 2002 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and received the Lemelson-MIT Prize, the nation’s largest award in invention and innovation. He also received the 1999 National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton. Ray’s books include The Age of Intelligent Machines, The Age of Spiritual Machines, and Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever. Ray Kurzweil’s new book, published by Viking Press, is entitled The Singularity is Near, When Humans Transcend Biology.

Mary Catherine Bateson – Future of Wisdom
Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. She has written and co-authored many books and articles, lectures across the country and abroad, and is president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York City. She was the Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University, and is now Professor Emerita. Currently, she is Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College.
During the past few years Ms. Bateson has been particularly involved with three projects: finishing and bringing out her most recent book, Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery; wrapping up the 2004 Gregory Bateson Centennial; and building on the experience with Granny Voters as a means to encourage trustee voting in future electoral seasons and to empower older adults to claim a voice for the future.

Salvador Avila / Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Reaching Hispanics

Salvador Avila grew up in the Imperial Valley, California. He received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and minor in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University and a M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He began his career with the LVCCLD as a reference librarian and was promoted after three years to Community Outreach Librarian, where he was tasked with introducing and encouraging the use of library services to underserved and underrepresented communities, and building and maintaining relationships with community organizations and associations. He is currently Head of Reference. He founded the first Spanish Language Book and People & Stories discussion groups, and has contributed to the library district’s Spanish web page. He championed the fist Graduate Student Mentoring Program and the Diversity Plan. In 2004 In 2003, he earned the Críticas Librarian of the Year award and completed the ULC Executive Leadership Institute. In 2002, he was given a Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce Award of Distinction in Culture and a Community Service award from the Southwest Hispanic Media. He co-founded the REFORMA Nevada Chapter. In his spare time, he teaches at the Community College of Southern Nevada, sits on many local advisory boards, and enjoys reading, cooking, and lowriding. He is married and has one lovely daughter.

James Hughes / Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Impact of Future Demographics

James Hughes, Dean, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, is the executive director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He shares his insights and expertise on the syndicated public affairs radio talk show program Changesurfer Radio which he produces each week. Mr. Hughes also contributes to the democratic transhumanist Cyborg Democracy blog.

Mary Madden / Pew Internet & American Life Project
Young and Wired: How Today’s Young Tech Elite Will Influence the Libraries of Tomorrow

As the Senior Research Assistant for the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Mary Maddden has conducted research on music and the internet, intellectual property issues online, teens and communication technology, college students and the internet, online communities, demographic trends in online pursuits. Considered an expert in her field she has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, AP Radio, Wall Street Journal Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others, regarding her research. In addition to her research, Ms. Madden has written on subjects such as Social Networking Websites and Teens, Riding the Waves of “Web 2.0”, Internet Penetration and Impact.

Chip Nilges
Library 2.0 Innovations

Chip Nilges – OCLC Vice President, New Service has been instrumental in driving innovation at OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) since he arrived in 1994. He was selected as one of 50 Library “Movers and Shakers” by Library Journal in March 2005.

Jeffrey Sherer
Library Space: Is it the Last Frontier in the Digital Age?

Jeffrey A. Scherer, FAIA is a principal in the firm of Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The firm of 50 specializes in academic, public and special libraries. Mr. Scherer received his Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Arkansas. He taught design, ethics and professional practice at the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota from 1978-1998. Mr. Scherer has focused his work on public, academic and private libraries and innovative corporate headquarters. He is the past President of AIA Minnesota, the Library Foundation of Hennepin County and currently serves on the Americans for Libraries Council in New York. His was the keynote speaker at the 2002 and 2003 International Federation of Library Associations Conferences in Paris and Glasgow. The topics were “Designing the Sustainable Library: An Ethical Imperative” and “Creating the Modern Library in Historic Structures”. The California AIA magazine arcCA recently published his article entitled “The Architect, the Library and the Community,” where he emphasized the important role of the architect in facilitating community conversation about good design.

Joan Frye Williams / Independent Consultant
What Got Us Here Won’t Get Us There: Reshaping Your Library for the Future

Bob Treadway

How to Spot, Track, and Profit from Trends

Bob Treadway possesses a unique ability to communicate forecasts for effective strategy development. Half of his practice involves executive sessions with directors and top management in think tank, brainstorming, and future visioning projects. Clients like Berkshire Hathaway, Motorola, the Federal Reserve, Gillette, American Express, Pfizer, SBC, Quaker Oats, Weyerhaeuser, and Novartis retain Bob to help them expand their thinking, envision the business environments of tomorrow, form strategy, and take action. He is a professional member of the World Future Society and an active member of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Joan Frye Williams is an internationally recognized library futurist and designer of innovative library services. She is a librarian, consultant, vendor, planner, trainer, evaluator, and user of library services. In her role as an independent consultant she specializes in innovation, technology, and the service needs and preferences of non-library “civilians”. Her clients include libraries of all types and sizes, library consortia, state library agencies, professional library associations, library boards, library vendors, and architects. Ms. Williams is best known as an acute–and sometimes irreverent–observer of emerging library trends, issues, and practices.

Sponsored by:
Delaware Division of Libraries
New Jersey State Library
Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services
West Virginia Library Commission

The Mid-Atlantic Library Futures Conference is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through its Grants to States program.


One Response to “About”

  1. Hannah Pickworth Says:

    I’d like to know about conferences like this in the future. can you please put me on your mailing list or e-mail list. Thanks so much. Hannah Pickworth

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