Changing Times, Inspiring Libraries

The Changing Times: Inspiring Libraries Summit: placing your public, school or post-secondary library at the forefront of a more knowledge-hungry culture and economy.Co-hosted by the British Columbia Library Association, the iSchool at UBC, and Libraries & Literacy, BC Ministry of Education.On December 6th and 7th 2012 international, provincial and local leaders in library innovation and community engagement met to explore why and how we make a library more exciting, more relevant and more effective for the people that use it.

We want to spread the word about the exciting work being done in BC libraries, so we’re posting all the great things we saw and heard at the Summit. If you see something of value, send it on!

Reports and Speeches

Ken Roberts – Facing the Future: a report on the future of libraries

Andrew Petter’s speech on his blog


We were lucky enough to have Jeff Hopkins, Superintendent for the Gulf Island School District, leading our facilitated workshops. Funny and effective, Jeff did a great job helping us to reach for that next innovative idea for our organizations. Thanks Jeff!

Workshop Handbook

(on the BC Libraries Youtube Channel)

All Videos (playlist)

Keynote Speeches:

Ken Roberts – The Future of Libraries (playlist)

David Lankes – Expect More (playlist)

Andrew Petter (playlist)

Pecha Kucha (fast talks!)

Gino Bondi – Innovation in School Libraries

Ben Hyman and Michael Hrybyk – Innovating Library Technology

Luanne Freund – Innovation and Library Leadership

Beth Davies – Library Innovation and the Community

What We Heard (the Wordle)












What we heard on Twitter! Quotes you loved!

Asking what is the future of libraries is the wrong question. The question is what SHOULD be the future. #bclibinspire @rdlanes

David Lankes – we should expect more out of our libraries; a good library shapes itself around a community

A library is a platform of innovation that is owned by the community

Love the idea of maker spaces (including 3D printers) shared by Roberts – would be so exciting in our schools

What SHOULD BE the future of libraries? is the q. not What IS the future of libraries

David Lankes “libraries are facilitators of people’s dreams – we do not impose those dreams”

Libraries unleash ideas. They are platform for radical positive change

Libraries: “places of hum and hub, not hush”

Our community is our collection!

Roberts – Noisy vs. Quiet Uses – We need to create spaces that work, not rules which don’t work

When you build quality spaces the number of people that use the space will increase dramatically  –  Roberts

Keynote speakers:

  • David Lankes, author of Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today’s Complex World and The Atlas of New Librarianship. Hear more from David Lankes on the topic of Libraries and Communities on his Blog.
  • Ken Roberts, former CEO of Hamilton Public Library and former president, Canadian Library Association. Given rapid changes in technology, increasing demands on public spaces and a shifting mandate for libraries, Ken outlines his vision of radical change.  Facing the Future, A Report on the future of libraries for the Province of British Columbia describes this vision in more detail.
  • Andrew Petter, SFU President and Vice-Chancellor and leader of the Engaged University initiative. As he says, “I’ve always had a belief that societies that are healthy are societies in which the community is really brought into the decision making”.
After the session:
Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools / CEO with the West Vancouver School District, included us as one of his top 3 professional development events of 2012 in his year end top 3 blog!