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CSL in Session: Trends & Libraries

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February 8, 2024 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST

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How do you plan for the future in such ambiguous times? In this interactive session,  you will:

  • Explore trends that are impacting libraries
  • Discuss how these trends may impact internal operations and library services
  • Consider how trends and library responses impact the ways the community thinks of and values the library into the future.

The session includes a library scenario for practice on analysis. You will walk away with links to local demographic data and library data so you can go further after the session for your own local trends analysis.

Outcomes: After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify trends that impact libraries
  • Analyze trends through the lens of library operations and services
  • Consider how library responses to trends impacts the community’s view and value of the library
  • Access new resources & strategies for analysis of trends as they relate to their library

About the presenters

Sharon Morris HeadshotSharon Morris started her library career in public libraries, doing children’s and teen services, outreach, collection development, circulation, and reference. She earned an MLIS and PhD in Managerial Leadership in Libraries. Sharon works at the Colorado State Library where she oversees library leadership development and statewide public library projects. She offers workshops and institutes on leadership, research, management, supervision, happiness, play, values, insight, improv comedy, and Disney techniques in libraries, among other subjects.





Kieran Hixon Headshot

Kieran is the Rural & Small Library Consultant at the Colorado State Library. He is an engaging and enthusiastic public speaker focusing on customer service and policy. Based in Wetmore, Colorado, he has served as President of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and has a passion for helping strengthen what you do to meet the needs of your community. He has built his own house, walked across the country, worked with the elderly and dying, learned blacksmithing, and worked in public libraries.


February 8, 2024
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MST