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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.

Education Institute: 2014 Tech Forecast for Libraries in Stephen’s Lighthouse

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.

IFLA Trends:

  • 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.