Speaker Series photograph of Stephen Abram at TSLAC program on Feb. 24, 2011.Abram talks of libraries providing community, learning, economic impact

Library futurist and information expert Stephen Abram speaks to librarians and other information managers during a speech Feb. 24 in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building reference room.

Library futurist Stephen Abram, the second guest in the TSLAC Speaker Series, told librarians and other information managers that they must learn more about their online users, not just those who walk in the door of their libraries, if they want remain relevant in an era of rapidly evolving technology. Abram, who spoke Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, pointed out that there are more libraries in the world than McDonald's and Starbucks combined. With witty observations and pithy commentary, he explained why libraries need to continue growing as community institutions of learning, discovery and research, and how they might build resources to do so.

Library futurist Stephen Abram, TSLAC Director and Librarian Peggy Rudd discuss libraries on podcast

If you missed library futurist and “change agent” Stephen Abram’s Texas State Library and Archives Commission talk on Feb. 24, you missed a very engaging and thought-provoking presentation on the value and future of libraries. But he offers further food for thought in this podcast with TSLAC Director and Librarian Peggy D. Rudd, which addresses changing technologies, e-books, budget deficits, making a case for libraries and the question, “Is the end of libraries near?” Abram’s presentation slides and notes are also available.

Listen to the event Podcast.

View Stephen’s presentation and slides.

View Library Development blog.

Visit Stephen Abram's blog.