Calling All Futurists and Scenario Planners!

At the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, ASCLA will be sponsoring a valuable preconference for all librarians!

Who hasn’t experienced the need for a window into the future to help inform in areas such as resource development and fund raising activities, community engagement, strategic planning and advocacy efforts? This preconference, sponsored by ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group and ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, will help all creative thinkers. Experts trained in the nationally recognized Foresight program at the University of Houston, will go through the steps for activities that you can do to develop scenarios for your organization. You’ll also learn some of the techniques of trend-spotting. Please register for this timely and essential preconference here; for all ASCLA preconferences go here). More about this preconference:

Looking to the Future: Strategic Foresight and Scenario Planning Go beyond trend spotting and learn how professional futurists leverage strategic foresight tools and approaches to look and see the big picture of where we are headed. Join our presenters, two consultants trained in Foresight by the University of Houston, as they lead hands-on activities where you will learn tools and techniques you can leverage for creating future scenarios at your own organization. This preconference will have maximum value for those interested in strategic planning, scenario planning, trend-spotting, futurism and anticipating significant changes that lie ahead. Co-Sponsored by the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries and the Future of Libraries Interest Group.  Register here.


  • Jamie Hollier, MLS., Consultant
  • Jen Chang, MLS., JD., Consultant.

Date: Friday, June 26 2015, Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Location: TBD

Call for ASCLA 2016 Program and Preconference/Institute Proposals

Dear ASCLA Members,

It’s that time of year again – conference program proposal time!

ASCLA is calling for program and preconference/institute proposals for 2016 (Midwinter 2016, January 8-12, will be in Boston, MA. and Annual Conference 2016, June 23-28, will be in Orlando, FL). The deadline to receive online proposals for 2016 is May 8, 2015. Once collected, the ASCLA office will send the proposals to the ASCLA Conference Programming Committee to oversee, organize and recommend for approval to the ASCLA board at the Annual Conference in San Francisco, 2015.

The online proposal form is here: Please click on this link and then click on Click here to begin a new Proposal.”

We are counting on you to propose some sterling programming at our 2016 conferences so be sure to spread the word!

Best Wishes,

Susan Hornung

shornung at


2015 Elections

The following ASCLA members will be running for election for ASCLA offices in the 2015 Elections. Please join me in thanking these members for agreeing to stand for election for an ASCLA office. And be sure to vote in the Spring elections! Voting begins on March 24, 2015 through May 1, 2015 @ 11:59 PM CDT.


– Golrick, Michael

Head of Reference/Library Consultant, State Library of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA

– Smithee, Jeannette P.

Executive Director, SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network), Boca Raton, FL



– McKenney, Janet Elizabeth

Director, Library Development, Maine State Library, Augusta, Maine

– Pannebaker, Susan

Youth Services Advisor, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania



– Hollier, Jamie K.

Co-CEO, Anneal, Inc., Denver, Colorado

– Block, Carson

Library Technology Consultant, Carson Block Consulting Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado



– Banks, Carrie Scott

Supervising Librarian, The Child’s Place for Children and Teens with Special Needs, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York

– Johnson, Patrice

Librarian II, First Assistant, Talking Book Center, Chicago Public Library-Subregional Library of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Network, Chicago, IL


– Knapp, Wendy

Associate Director of Statewide Services, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN



– Corrigan, Christopher

Digital Reference Librarian, Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Washington DC.