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Futures Conference

September 25, 2017 @ 7:30 am - September 26, 2017 @ 4:30 pm


What does the future of your organization look like? How will libraries, businesses, non-profits, and community organizations be impacted by technology? How will they communicate and what tools will be available to help them adapt in order to best suit their customers’ needs?

Join libraries, businesses, non-profits, and community organizations from across the country in beginning a discussion on how organizations need to change in order to thrive in the next decade. We imagine a morphing of imagination, inspiration, and information that will transform the way libraries look at the future. Hear speakers share their vision, engage in small group discussions and be a part of a conference where EVERYONE walks away with a plan to navigate the future through newly envisioned possibilities.

For the Futures Conference Agenda with Daily Schedule of events Click here

Stay connected on social media using the conference hashtag #FuturesCon17




Kevin Mitnick World’s most Famous Hacker

Kevin Mitnick is the most elusive computer break-in artist in history because he hacked into government systems and more than 40 major corporations just for the fun and adventure. He became the most wanted hacker in the world although he never stole for profit or damaged systems. His feats brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information, giving birth to modern cybersecurity

We’ll talk to Kevin about privacy. A global bestselling author with books in more than 20 countries and 50 languages, his latest ground-breaking book in 2017 entitled “The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data” is a shocking revelation of the state of privacy. We’ll ask Kevin about the real threat and capabilities of hackers to compromise the information of our systems, our staff and our patrons, and what can be done.




David Pescovitz – Institute for the Future

David Pescovitz is a research director at Institute for the Future and a co-editor/partner at the influential tech/culture Web site Boing BoingHe is also the co-founder of Ozma Records, a music label focused on the intersection of science and art to spark the imagination. As a futurist David often presents to senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies about the future of technology, science, innovation and media.



Dr. James Hughes Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

James Hughes is a distinguished professor and a nationally-recognized academic expert on demographics, housing, and regional economics. He is also the Director of the Rutgers Regional Report, which has produced over 40 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies on New Jersey and the broader metropolitan region. Dr. Hughes will provide his predictions for the demographics of the future.



The Futures School with Nicole Baker RosaOffering Hands-On Training in Forecasting the Future

The Futures School offers a vision for a brand new approach to Strategic Foresight. Their approach has been years in the making and emerged from a realization that a gap exists between our increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world and the antiquated leadership and business development approaches we have depended on for so long.



Anthony Iovino – Arcari + Iovino Architects

As the principal in the architect firm AIA, Anthony Iovino has built his reputation on innovative solutions to design challenges. Mr. Iovino is a partner of the firm, Arcari + Iovino Architects, PC located in Little Ferry, New Jersey. His firm recently celebrated its 20th year in business and was named the Firm of the Year 2011 by the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Since the firm’s beginning, Mr. Iovino’s focus has always been on their non-profit and public sectors projects with a keen focus on libraries. Anthony’s presentation will discuss the role of architecture in the future.



Phil Bowermaster – Acceleration Strategist

Phil Bowermaster is a nationally recognized author and speaker with more than 25 years experience analyzing and writing about emerging technologies and the future. He focuses on the convergence of information and society that is driving disruptive and accelerating change. Phil works with clients to understand the drivers behind business and technology change and shape strategies for leveraging these changes. He is the founder and publisher of Speculist Media and is co-host of the popular Internet radio series, The World Transformed.



Rakia Reynolds Founder and CEO of Skai Blue Media

Rakia Reynolds, is Founder and CEO of Skai Blue Media, a multimedia communications agency that boasts an all-star roster of lifestyle, technology and nonprofit clients such as Ashley Graham, DELL, Landit, Serena Williams and Marley Dias. An influencer in the creative business industry, Rakia is sought after to provide her expertise in creative development, branding, and strategic communications. She has established successful partnerships with top brands including DELL, who named her one of 25 tastemakers on their “Inspire 100” list and made her the face of their most-recent nationwide ad campaign.



Oculus Rift with Cindy Ball

Rift is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Whether you’re stepping into your favorite game, watching an immersive VR movie, jumping to a destination on the other side of the world, or just spending time with friends, in VR, you’ll feel like you’re really there.





Tickets cost $395. Library staff located in states that are Sponsoring Partners (listed below) can purchase tickets for $195 using a specifically provided ACCESS CODE. To obtain your Access Code contact your State Library.   

Click here to register


$500 Scholarship Opportunity: Thanks to a generous grant award from the Council of State Library Agencies in the Northeast (COSLINE), the New Jersey State Library is offering a $500 scholarship to a librarian or library staff member working in a New Jersey library (school, academic, special, public, etc.)  to attend the Library Futures Conference taking place at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, September 25-26, 2017.



The scholarship will cover the cost of conference registration and two nights stay at the Borgata Hotel & Casino; breakfast and lunch are included as part of the registration. The scholarship winner will be responsible for travel, incidental costs and meals not included in the registration fee.



Please note that you are eligible to apply even if you have already registered for the conference. You will receive a refund of any registration and/or hotel fees that you have already paid if you are selected.Scholarship applications will be accepted through August 25 and recipients will be notified by September 1. Access the scholarship application here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FuturesCon17



Hotel Accommodations

A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Borgata at the rate of $114 (plus 14% Occupancy Tax and $5 Atlantic City Occupancy Fee) per night.

For reservations register online or contact the Borgata Hotel Reservations Department at 609-317-1000 and identify yourself as an attendee of the Futures Conference using Group Code: GBNJL17.

Click here for detailed driving directions and maps to Borgata.

Self-parking is available at the Borgata hotel garage for $5 per night for hotel guests. Valet parking is located at the entrance to The Water Club for $10 per visit.



Refund Policy

Refunds can be issued up until August 25, 2017.



Have any questions?

Contact Betsy Beavers by email ebeavers@njstatelib.org or by Phone at (609) 278-2640 ext. 149.

Stay connected on social media using the conference hashtag #FuturesCon17



Sponsoring Partners:

State Libraries:
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Rhode Island
West Virginia

Additional Sponsoring Partners:



September 25, 2017 @ 7:30 am
September 26, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
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