Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Minnesota Library Futures Group

There is still time to apply – deadline is September 8.

Envision the Library in 2025—Apply to be part of the Minnesota Library Futures Group

Library staff born between 1975-1985 are encouraged to apply for a place in the Minnesota Library Futures Group. This group of 24 will engage in a focused conversation to “Envision the Library in 2025” and to address the challenges & opportunities that face Minnesota libraries as they evolve to meet the changing demands of users and society.

Staff from all types of libraries are encouraged to apply. You do not need a library degree to participate, but you must demonstrate a commitment to libraries and show a willingness to participate in all Futures Groups meetings and events. Those selected will be expected to share their learning and results in various library settings during and after the Initiative. The first meeting of the Group will be in mid-October, with additional meetings determined by members of the group. The Group is expected to complete its work by May 2011.

More details--including the reasons the Steering Committee focused on staff between 25 & 35 years old--and the online application link can be found here:

This is an exciting opportunity to have a voice in how Minnesota’s libraries grow toward the future. You will learn a lot, meet interesting people, contribute to the evolution of Minnesota libraries, and more. It is definitely a commitment of time and energy beyond your library day, but it will be worth it! Apply today!

Not within the age range yourself? You can participate by encouraging staff you know to apply. You can also offer your expertise to the Futures Group by volunteering to be on the Resources Subcommittee. All Futures Initiative events will be open to the entire library community.

Please share this announcement with the library community. We are looking for a wide pool of applicants.