The 2016 IFLA Trend Report

The IFLA Trend Report has been published. Identifying and being aware of trends can help you plan and anticipate changes at your library.


Our information environment is constantly changing. How will we access, use and benefit from information in an increasingly hyper-connected world? The IFLA Trend Report identifies five top level trends which will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem:

  • TREND 1New Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.

  • TREND 2Online Education will democratise and disrupt global learning.

  • TREND 3The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined..

  • TREND 4Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.

  • TREND 5The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.

Read the full report here:

Home This excerpt from the IFLA Trend Report is reprinted here as Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commerical 4.0 International.


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