September 1, 2005 by J. Johnson
I know, it’s a mouthful! The book is The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition. I know, that title is a mouthful, too, and doesn’t inspire you to put it at the top of your reading list. But the community-reading concept, pioneered by Nancy Pearl, is an exciting way to get Ohio librarians to look to the future of their profession. One Book, Five Landscapes, Six Partners, Endless Possibilities, a joint project of Kent State School of Library and Information Science (KSU-SLIS), Ohio Library Council (OLC), Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN), OHIONET, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), and State Library of Ohio (SLO) (the six partners), invites Ohio librarians to read the same book at the same time to create a community-wide conversation about the issues and trends that are impacting libraries and allied
organizations positively and negatively across five landscapes: social, economic, technological, research and learning, and libraries. This project gives you an opportunity to read a book that stretches the way you think and at the same time lets you
connect with colleagues around the state.
If you are interested in participating in the project:
- E-mail your name, the name of your library, school, university, or organization to badair AT olc.org . You’ll receive acknowledgement of your enrollment and
additional details about the program.
- If your library does not already own the Environmental Scan, order a copy of the Environmental Scan (full version and executive summary) or download the text.
- Visit the message board. Share your impressions and opinions of the Environmental Scan with your colleagues across the state and the country. Go to
http://webjunction.org/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=157 to view comments from participants throughout Ohio and the country. If you are interested in sharing your own comments, you must register with Web Junction by clicking on the Register button in the upper right corner of page.
- Attend the 2005 OLC Annual Conference and Exposition in Columbus−especially on Thursday, October 6, 2005 when an entire conference track will be devoted to sessions, presenters, and discussion sponsored by the leadership partners and related to this reading project. Additionally, there’ll be updated information on new trends that have emerged since the book’s introduction in 2003. Information about the conference is available on the OLC web site.