Learning from the IFLA trend report

IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) released its ‘Trend report’ in 2013. The companion document ‘Riding the waves or caught in the tide? Insights from the IFLA trend report’ is just as relevant as it was when the report was first released.

The Library and information services sector is continually changing and the IFLA Trend Report identified five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping the information industry.
  • New technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.
  • Online education will democratise and disrupt global learning.
  • The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined.
  • Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.
  • The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.
Even if you have read through the information on the IFLA website, I would recommend you re-familiarise yourself with the insights document it’s something we need to consider when looking at the future of libraries and the services we provide.

ALLA(WA) Past President - Mawghan Elverd.
Acting Knowledge Manager, Jackson McDonald.


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