Trends, and thinking about the future, have always excited me and I want to share a couple of recent trend reports. The first trend report is from my colleague Stephen Abram (he and I used to watch kids in the playground in thinking about future technology). It is one he put together for a recent webinar, a technology forecast for libraries.
The second trends report was released from IFLA yesterday. It is based on interviews and discussions with experts from many different environments (including my friend & valued speaker, Lee Raine, Director, Internet & American Life Project, Pew Research Institute & keynote at Internet Librarian 2013 in the fall in CA). IFLA’s trends report is not specific to libraries but showcases insights in a broader context. As we look at what changes are happening in the world, we need to think carefully about the implications for libraries and their communities. Something Dysart & Jones do with their clients regularly.
- New technologies will both expand & limit who has access to information
- Online education will transform & disrupt traditional learning
- Boundaries of data protection & privacy will be redefined
- Hyper-connected societies will listen to & empower new groups (mobile technology plays a big part)
- The global information economy will be transformed by new technologies
Technology is a common thread in IFLA’s trends and certainly in sessions at the 79th WLIC in Singapore. Technology is a (not the) core competency for librarians today. I look forward to more discussions around these trends and competencies at future events like Pushing the Envelope in Education: Roles for Libraries – MOOCs, eLearning & Gamification, Internet Librarian, Computers and Libraries, and lots more I’m sure!
And always worth watching, Lee Rainie’s keynote at Internet Librarian 2012.