Playing with the Future: Library Professionals, Trends, and Looking Ahead

Miguel A. Figueroa


In the preface to his book Futuring: The Exploration of the Future, Edward Cornish, a founder of the World Future Society, notes that futurists recognize that “the future world develops out of the present world. Thus, we can learn a great deal about what may happen in the future by looking systematically at what is actually happening now.”

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