I’m heading to Boston tomorrow to take part in a three-day workshop on “Envisioning our Information Future and How to Educate for It.” We’ll be thinking about how to best prepare librarians, archivists, and folks in related professions to adapt to an ever-evolving technological landscape. I think it’s particularly important to situate these technical concerns within a broader context — to consider how “information workers” have to respond to cultural, social and political-economic shifts; how our practices for managing “information” both reflect and shape our cultural values, etc.
I’m excited and honored to have been invited to collaborate with so many inspiring people, including folks from the American Library Association, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Digital Public Library of America, the Internet Archive, ArtStor, Mozilla, the Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the National Archives; library faculty and library directors and librarians; tech developers and tech policy people; and lots more. I’m particularly glad that designers, like Jake Barton from Local Projects and Jer Thorp from the Office for Creative Research, will be there, too. And Nicholas Negroponte. And Bethany Nowviskie!