Colorado Association of Libraries Futurist Interest Group

Welcome To CALFIG

The Futurists Interest Group (FIG) prepares Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) members to take advantage of tomorrow’s opportunities to vitally serve their communities.

What we are up to…

To address the rapidly changing world – technological, social, and otherwise, the Futurists Interest Group (FIG) engages in future-focused content from a broad spectrum of fields and considers implications for libraries. The FIG functions as a think tank: tracking trends, addressing issues relevant to Colorado libraries, and sharing their knowledge with members and member organizations.

Strategies

FIG will:

  • vigilantly track emerging trends across many sectors and disciplines.
  • offer opportunities to library leaders and staff to embrace change through a mindset of proactive adaptation.
  • develop scenarios, cast predictive frames, and provoke discussion to prepare libraries to be future-ready.
  • provide opportunities to strengthen the future of libraries in Colorado through speakers, workshops, publications, and conference activities.

To Join CALFIG

Top 7 Things to Know About our Futurist Interest Group (FIG)

  1. Launched at CALCON Sept. 2019 by establishing strategic priorities. (https://cal-webs.org/Futurist_Interest_Group__FIG_)
  2. Launched a website and Slack Channel in October 2019.
  3. Meeting monthly online (2nd Fridays) with learning and discussion each month.
  4. CALCON 2020 (1 hr) – Future Trends Lightning Talks with FIG members on Friday, Sept. 11 10:30 – 11:30
  5. CALCON 2020 (3 hrs) – Preconference on Thurs, Sept 10 9:30 – 12:30 Trend Scanning, the Pandemic, and the Future of Libraries with Miguel Figueroa, ALA Center for the Future of Libraries (Sponsored by CLiC)
  6. Strategic Foresight Training (3 full days) – Oct. 20 – 22 (applications accepted starting next week) (A grant partnership with Colorado and Connecticut State Libraries and funded by a grant from IMLS)
  7. FIG welcomes your engagement with any of these offerings.
    Please contact
    Sharon Morris
    CAL Futurist Interest Group Chairperson
    morris_s@cde.state.co.us