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Tuesday, June 7 • 9:00am - 9:50am
KEYNOTE: In Search of Uncommon Wisdom

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Join Dr. Larry Johnson, founder of the NMC Horizon Project, in an exploration of the road ahead for learning and its surrounding landscape of educational technology. In the spirit of William Gibson, who famously observed that, “the future is already here; it is just unevenly distributed,” the NMC’s future focus is on where things are going — and we do that by trying to first understand where they are coming from.

What we see unfolding in academic libraries all over the world shares little with how we have thought of in terms of technology, networks, software, and even physical spaces in the past. At the same time, virtually every assumption we have about the use of technology in education — our common wisdom — is based on how we have done things in the past. And as successful as we may have been, our own experience is likely the biggest limit on our future success. We’re used to thinking about technology in ways that are not nearly as pervasive, open, ubiquitous, always on, always near, always connected as users expect on campuses today.

In this changing landscape, we need institutions willing to break the traditional mold. We need uncommon leaders, uncommon libraries, and uncommon systems and processes for making decisions about them. Creativity and vision is more important than ever. We need people at every level that are willing to try new ideas, to take risks, and even to fail on the road to getting it right.

Johnson will address these topics in the context of the evolution of the modern academic library, and detail the significant challenges and shifts in that framework that we must all strive to understand and embrace. Collectively, these challenges will require a tectonic level shift in the common wisdom, but that won’t be enough. We will need uncommon wisdom. Join Dr. Larry Johnson, founder of the NMC Horizon Project, in an exploration of 
the road ahead for learning and its surrounding landscape of educational 
technology. In the spirit of William Gibson, who famously observed that, “the 
future is already here; it is just unevenly distributed,” the NMC’s future focus is on 
where things are going — and we do that by trying to first understand where 
they are coming from. 
What we see unfolding in academic libraries all over the world shares little with 
how we have thought of in terms of technology, networks, software, and even 
physical spaces in the past. At the same time, virtually every assumption we have 
about the use of technology in education — our common wisdom — is based on 
how we have done things in the past. And as successful as we may have been, our own experience is 
likely the biggest limit on our future success. We’re used to thinking about technology in ways that are 
not nearly as pervasive, open, ubiquitous, always on, always near, always connected as users expect 
on campuses today.
In this changing landscape, we need institutions willing to break the traditional mold. We need 
uncommon leaders, uncommon libraries, and uncommon systems and processes for making decisions
about them. Creativity and vision is more important than ever. We need people at every level that are
willing to try new ideas, to take risks, and even to fail on the road to getting it right.
Johnson will address these topics in the context of the evolution of the modern academic library, and 
detail the significant challenges and shifts in that framework that we must all strive to understand and 
embrace. Collectively, these challenges will require a tectonic level shift in the common wisdom, but 
that won’t be enough. We will need uncommon wisdom.

Speakers
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Larry Johnson

CEO, New Media Consortium
Dr. Larry Johnson formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of the New Media Consortium, an international not-for-profit consortium dedicated to understanding the use and applications of technology in education.  | | Named in 2015 as one of the top 50 influencers of education in the Asia/Pacific region, and actively engaged in Europe and Latin America, Johnson works with visionaries and thought leaders from across the globe to define new... Read More →


Tuesday June 7, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am
Windsor 3 & 4