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2019 Road Trip Symposium: The Library of the Future, or, The Future of the Library     

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2019 Road Trip Symposium: The Library of the Future, or, The Future of the Library         


Friday, August 9, 2019

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.         Registration, Networking Activity, and Dinner (companion activity)

Join us for dinner and getting to know your colleagues. Local author and cybrarian Lorri Zipperer, will be signing copies of her novel, “Running Away With It: A Rebecca Beall Mystery”, co-authored with Sara Tompson, also an SLA member.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.         Welcome and Introductions – Heather Kotula, president of the Route 66 Chapter of SLA

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.       Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship: What is the Future of the Special Librarian?

Stephen Abram, MLIS, Principal, Lighthouse Consulting, Inc. and Executive Director, Federation of Ontario Public LibrariesAbram.jpg

As past SLA president, Donna Scheeder, noted, “Change is Our Tradition.”   What do you think?  Our speaker will share what’s happened, what’s happening, and strategies for success in the coming years based on his 2018 book, “Succeeding in the World of Special Librarianship.”  There are exciting trends in technology and other shifts happening in the world of business, research, and socio-economically.  Let’s have a grand discussion in Albuquerque!

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.    Networking Break

10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Reimagining the Library – the Future of Physical Spaces

Moderator: Jim Martin, Associate Librarian, University of Arizona

Speakers: Mary Talley, Director, Library Services, ZAI, Talley Partners; Robyn Huff-Eibl, Department Head, University Libraries’ Access & Information Service Department; John Kromer, Arizona State University

Join us for three engaging presentations that will explore how academic and corporate libraries are rethinking the use of library spaces to meet the changing needs of clientele.  Learn about key trends and issues that can help you with your own decisions around space use, and come away inspired by the exciting ways in which library spaces are being both repurposed and developed anew.

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.       Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 p.m.       Cultivating Collaborative Communities

Moderator: Jonna Paden, Community Intern, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Special Projects and Archivist, (Pueblo of Acoma)

Speakers: Valerie Fernando, Community Intern, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Special Projects and NMLA NALSIG Chair, (Pueblo of Laguna); Cordelia Hooee, Tribal Archivist, Pueblo of Zuni Tribal Archives; Alissa Chavez Lowe, Education Director, Pueblo of San Felipe

What is a tribal library and archive?  Come learn about the roles, responsibilities and challenges of tribal libraries and archives.  There are more than nineteen tribal libraries (and cultural centers) throughout the state.  Many have limited resources, staff and funding.  All have rich tribal histories.  Let’s learn from each other and start building successful relationships to share skills, knowledge and resources through collaborative partnerships.

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.         Networking Break

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.         Are you Ray or Mark?: Building the Right Team to Build and Sustain Innovation
Speaker:  Lorri Zipperer, Cybrarian and Principal at Zipperer Project Management

Imagining fresh approaches to core practices is more comfortable for some individuals than others. It takes a team to implement and sustain innovative changes to existing knowledge access programs, services, and processes. This session will introduce attendees to a novel pop-culture metaphor to help them understand their role on an innovation team and surround themselves with the players they need to get the job done.

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.         Sponsored Presentations 

4:15 – 4:45 p.m.         Wrap Up Day One

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.       Route 66 Chapter Open Business Meeting

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.         Dinner and Networking Activity (companion activity)


Sunday, August 11, 2019

9:00 – 12:00 p.m.     The Future Is Researchable
Joe Murphy, MLIS, MBA, MS Foresight

Joe will conduct a workshop geared specifically for special librarians that provides attendees with practical skills and methods to research, plan, and create futures that increase the value their organizations create.  Foresight combines research, strategy, and execution to increase the heads-up time you can give your boss before stuff hits the fan. Its methods also increase stakeholders confidence in its continued success and stability. Not predictions, nor astrology, the methods of Strategic Foresight that Joe will share are rigorous, research-driven and tied to practical functioning, planning, and operations. He will share a few of the most impactful of a master’s degree-worth of techniques that have been put through the forge of an MBA and refined in real-world projects. Attendees will leave the event equipped with a better handle on their organizations’ future and how to explore it systematically. The workshop will focus 100% on (and be accountable for) delivering useful skills.

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.       (Happy Trails To You) Until We Meet Again Luncheon (companion activity)

Thanks to our sponsors:
Rolls Royce: Access Innovations, Inc.

Chevrolet: American Chemical Society


Road Trip Symposium 2019: The Library of the Future, or the Future of the Library

Please join us for a wonderful time of learning, sharing and networking at the2019 Road Trip Symposium: The Library of the Future, or The Future of the Library hosted by the Route 66 Chapter of SLA.

The 2019 Road Trip Symposium will take place in August 9 – 11, 2019, in ​Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Route 66 Neon arch photo
Photo of the Route 66 neon arch taken facing West

The 2019 Road Trip Symposium, hosted by the Route 66 Chapter of SLA, features a keynote address by Stephen Abram, librarian and principal with Lighthouse Consulting Inc., and executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. Insightful, provocative, divisive, and challenging, Steve Abram will share his perspective on the Library of the Future and the Future of Libraries. Widely known as a futurist and strategic thinker, Steve is able to bring the central aspects of the topic to the forefront. He has written and spoken broadly  on the futures topics in the past and is known for his in-depth data-backed statistical presentations. Sunday morning is a three hour workshop, The Future Is Researchable, led by librarian, MBA, and futurist Joe Murphy. Joe will conduct a workshop geared specifically for special librarians that provides attendees with practical skills and methods to research, plan, and create futures that increase the value their organizations create.

Meeting registration includes meals from dinner on Friday through lunch on Sunday. Companion tickets are available if you want to bring friends or family for the social events (dinner Friday, dinner Saturday at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and lunch Sunday).

Click here for the current draft agenda

The gathering will take place at the Best Western Plus Rio Grande Inn near Old Town in Albuquerque at 1015 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Scroll down for more information about the hotel.

Rates for the 2019 Road Trip Symposium are $98 for a single and $108 for a double. Call hotel reservations at 800-959-4726 and ask for the group rate by the group name Route 66 Chapter of the Special Libraries Assoc.


Situated in an area rich with heritage, you will be delighted with our hotel’s charming old world architecture unique to the Southwest.  A cultural experience in its own right, the Rio Grande Inn boasts the talent of local artists featuring handcrafted Southwestern Style furniture, lighting, and art in all 173 guest rooms and throughout the hotel.  We’re located in the Historic Old Town District with over 150 unique shops and art galleries nestled in captivating charm.

For the convenience and comfort of our guests, we offer numerous amenities:

  • Year-round Swimming & Whirlpool
  • 173 Sleeping Rooms with Handcrafted Furniture
  • Wild Avocado Cork & Tap Located on Property
  • Toll Free Reservation Line and Complimentary Parking
  • Workout Room, Guest Laundry Facility, and 4,500 sq. ft. of Meeting Space
  • Free High Speed Internet, Hair Dryers, Coffee Makers, Iron/Iron Boards & Refrigerators in Every Room
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service to and from the Albuquerque International Airport and Within a One Mile Radius
  • Within Walking Distance to Historic Old Town, 150 Shops, Museums & Restaurants
  • Within Minutes to The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Zoo, Aquarium & Downtown Albuquerque
  • Complimentary sit down and order hot breakfast served in the onsite restaurant Wild Avocado Cork & Tap



Available 7:00 am – 10:00 pm daily.

Airport pick up location is on airport lower level:

Call hotel front desk @ 843-9500, upon arrival




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