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Reclaiming The Third Place: Libraries and their Communities in the Age of Amazoogle

Happy New Year from all your friends at CO-ASIS&T!

You are invited to join us for the first program of 2005 on Thursday evening, February 10th, 2005. Alane Wilson of OCLC, co-author and editor of the 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan will present:

“Reclaiming The Third Place: Libraries and their Communities
in the Age of Amazoogle”

What are the external factors that impact the information profession? The rapid change of technology is one factor, but what are the implications of the technological trends? What other factors currently influence the profession and library services? As part of strategic planning activities, OCLC prepared a report of external factors influencing libraries, OCLC & allied organizations.  Interviews were conducted with more than 100 knowledge experts around the world, representing a variety or organizations.  The collective input from these interviews, in addition to literature review and extensive research, yielded a wealth of insights on the real, day-to-day issues facing information professionals.  That research was used to create the 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition, a report for OCLC member libraries and anyone interested in the future of the knowledge professions.  The Scan offers a high-level view of the information landscape from the perspective of the “information consumer”.

This presentation is intended to both inform and stimulate discussionabout possible strategic directions libraries could take in the age of the “Amazoogle” effect.

Alane Wilson, a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s School of Library and Information Studies, has worked as a University staff member, reference librarian and manager.  She has been working with OCLC since 1997, is an author, speaker, and co-editor for OCLC’s “It’s All Good” blog  (

WHERE:  Kilgour Auditorium at OCLC
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WHEN:  Thursday, February 10th, 2005
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Refreshments
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Program

Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event