The 2013 IFLA Trend Report put forth five key trends that will shape the global information environment. The report is a starting point for libraries to work back from, and consider how they could better fit into a new global economy that is connected yet profoundly shaped by fast-evolving "technology" in some way. Metropolitan libraries, being at the heart of our cities’ information and knowledge aspirations, must naturally initiate conversations about the rapid evolution of these global trends, their collision at different social fronts and their corresponding challenges and impact on library services, and the very identity of libraries around the world.
- New technology will expand access to information, but also presents barriers
- Online learning will transform and disrupt traditional education
- Boundaries of data protection and privacy will be redefined
- Hyper-connected societies will recognize and empower new voices
- Our global information economy will be transformed by new technologies
Standing Committee Secretary and Information Coordinator