Itís Predictions Time. Great Scott!
by Brandi Scardilli
In 1955, Dr. Emmett L. Brown, beleaguered Hill Valley, Calif., inventor, told his teenage friend Marty McFly that “having information about the future can be extremely dangerous. Even if your intentions are good, it can backfire drastically.” Luckily, Doc Brown ignored his own advice and was able to avert his 1985 murder.
For our annual predictions issue, we’re taking a page out of the Back to the Future playbook and providing information (well, best guesses!) about the days to come. Anthony Aycock covers two important areas libraries should focus on: collection development and their role as “facilitators for diversity.” I spoke to IT companies about risk management, insider threats, and cybersecurity. And Corilee Christou consulted experts in the copyright space about topics to watch.
Although we’re already looking forward, the end of the year is often a time for reflecting on the past. On page 20, Gwen Gregory reviews This Is What a Librarian Looks Like, one of our favorite books of 2017. On page 23, Lauree Padgett shares lessons learned from one library’s failed marketing campaign. And Shirl Kennedy looks back on her career through the lens of each email address that she’s used (page 7). It’s her last column for Information Today, and we’ll miss her.