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Save 50% when you buy all four volumes as a bundle! Get up to speed on the library of tomorrow—today.

With the Library Futures Series bundle, you’ll get a concise overview of four trends identified by The Center for the Future of Libraries as important to libraries and librarianship. Taken together, these books will quickly help you understand how these trends are developing and why they matter.

Alison Macrina

Along with founding the Library Freedom Project, Alison Macrina is a librarian, internet activist, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Her work aims to connect privacy and surveillance to larger struggles for justice. She has been awarded the 2020 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award,  the Free Software Foundation’s Award for Social Benefit, and the New York Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award, and she was a Library Journal Mover & Shaker.

Talya Cooper

Talya Cooper is an archivist based in New York City. Previously, she was the digital archivist at the Intercept, where she managed the Snowden archive, and the archive manager at StoryCorps. She has written and presented about the intersections of archival ethics, privacy, and security.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP) is the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY) and the co-founder/current president of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI). For over twenty years, Rebekkah has worked with public libraries across the globe to ensure library services are relevant and responsive so that our communities thrive. Rebekkah is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA), most recently chairing their new Council Committee on Sustainability; serving on the board of the Center for the Future of Libraries; and was a founding board member of their Sustainability Round Table. Rebekkah was recognized as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010 and was presented with the New York Library Association's Outstanding Service to Libraries Award in 2018. Aldrich is an adjunct professor at the Palmer School of Library & Information Science at Long Island University, serves as Library Journal's Sustainability columnist, and has written or co-edited three books for ALA Editions. Rebekkah is a frequent national and international presenter and writer on the topic of leading libraries forward in smart, practical, and effective ways.

Sandra Hirsh

Dr. Sandra Hirsh is director and professor of the School of Information at San José State University. She is a past-president of ASIS&T and is the president-elect of ALISE. Her research interests include information seeking behavior, online education, and LIS education, and she was the co-PI of the IMLS-funded blockchain investigation. She cofounded and cochairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series.

Susan Alman

Dr. Susan Alman is a member of the San José State University School of Information faculty. Prior to this appointment, she taught at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences and the University of Michigan. She was the co-PI in the IMLS-funded project, Investigation of Possible Uses of Blockchain Technology. Her areas of interest are in online teaching and learning, foresight studies and emerging technologies, marketing/PR, and interpersonal communication.

Rachel Ivy Clarke

Rachel Ivy Clarke is currently an assistant professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Her research focuses on the application of design methodologies and epistemologies to librarianship to facilitate the systematic, purposeful design of library services and library education. Current projects include the IMLS-funded Designing Future Library Leaders project (RE-98-17-0032-17), investigating the integration of design methods and principles in graduate level library education, and the OCLC/ALISE funded project The Critical Catalog, which draws on critical design methodology to provoke the exploration of diverse library reading materials. She holds a BA in creative writing from California State University, Long Beach, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a PhD from the University of Washington. Her dissertation, which argues that the field of librarianship is more appropriately viewed as a design field rather than a scientific one, received the 2017 iSchools dissertation award and the 2018 ALISE Eugene Garfield dissertation award.