Finding the Phoenix: Feathers, Flight & the Future of Libraries

Helene Blowers

Director of Digital Strategy
Columbus Metropolitan Library

9 October 2009

9:30-10:00 a.m.
Coffee and Pastry Reception

10:00-11:30 a.m.
Presentation and Discussion

OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
Kilgour Building—Auditorium
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin, OH 43017-3395

This presentation is free and open to the public.

As public libraries continue to evolve to meet customers' needs in a rapidly changing culture, great concerns remain over the future of print and the "book." However, in looking at current trends, there is evidence to suggest these concerns may be unwarranted. The future of libraries may not be dependent on the creation or evolution of new service delivery models, it may actually reside in something more "deeply local." Join Helene Blowers in a lively conversation about the library phoenix. As old formats and service models decline, a new bird is rising from their shadows.

Background Information

Helene Blowers is the Director of Digital Strategy for the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to joining CML, she served as the Public Services Technology Director for the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, where she created many groundbreaking and award winning library services, including the widely adopted discovery learning program, Learning 2.0: 23 Things, which has been replicated by over 500 hundred libraries and organizations worldwide.

Helene is a 2007 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and the 2008 recipient of the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science. She is the co-author of the book, Weaving a Library Web: A Guide to Developing Children's Websites, and a frequent presenter at library conferences. She blogs at

Additional Information

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Helene Blower's LibraryBytes Blog

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