I first heard this phrase, “chance favors the prepared mind,” a few weeks ago. I love the sentiment, and but was fearful that the fact that the phrase was unfamiliar was yet another mark of my general ignorance. I was relieved to find that it’s attributed to Louis Pasteur (I don’t feel his writings are part of the core humanities curriculum).
I have been thinking about what the future holds for libraries, archives, and museums. It’s a murky bucket of water we’re peering into right now, and the future is not at all clear. What is clear is that we need to acknowledge that change is certain. As much as possible we need to collectively prepare for that change. Our Information Context lays out the current situation we face — an altered operating environment mixed in with dramatic changes in consumer research behavior.
We’ve begun a series of projects and conversations that will lead us… To the future? Perhaps. Most importantly, our Work Agenda helps to move us forward, and will help prepare us for the changes that are around the corner. Does chance factor into this? Certainly. But if we’ve been preparing for the future, I think we’ll have a happier outcome.
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager andprovides project management skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.