I think Synergists will be interested in the postings from the OCLC Leadership Symposium; the first day's notes can be found on the PLA blog.
Here's one tasty morsel to whet your appetite:
A library’s mission is not about books–never was. But it’s also not about information. It is about people connecting people to resources of all kinds needed for learning and critical thinking and (hopefully) knowledge. from a presentation by Dr. Rush Miller, author of Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition
This reminded me of two of my favorite ideas/comments about libraries (NOT from PLA blog/OCLC symposium)
Libraries are about transformation...not information -- paraphrase -- Omar Wasow, tech guru and founder of BlackPlanet.net, has spoken on this topic at many library conferences. I first heard the quote in a presentation at ILA 2006 by George Needham of OCLC.
Mary Dempsey (commissioner of the Chicago Public Library) is not in the library business; she is in the Chicago business -- paraphrase - Joey Rodger, then head of the Urban Libraries Council, said this at the CPL 2003 Scholars in Residence program commenting on how Comm. Dempsey ensures that CPL is a contributing member in every important discussion in the city.
Melissa Henderson, Synergy 2006