Futures Lab

Innovation Capability

The Futures Lab Innovation Capabilities team was invited to engage CULC/CBUC member CEOs in a workshop in October 2022 to establish what the membership saw as the most influential sources of disruption facing public libraries. Of the 11 Sources of Macro Disruption, library CEOs determined the following four as being highly influential sources of disruption that particularly warrant further study and awareness building as related to the future of public libraries.

Amy Webb Sources of Disruption


  1. Media and Telecommunications
  2. Demographics
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Technology

These top four areas formed a jumping off point for the Champions Teams to pursue additional initiatives, including building an innovation toolkit, designing a speakers series, and sharing innovations and experiments across the public library industry.