May 22, 2022

International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Identifies Five High Level Information Trends in New Report

The 79th Annual World Library & Information Congress (aka IFLA Conference and Assembly is now underway in Singapore and today the organization released a report (multiple resources) that, “identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year’s consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment.”

Note: Most of the report is only available to IFLA members. A 16 page summary document (linked below) is available to all.

The Five High Level Trends

Here are the trends discussed in the report:

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

2. Online Education will democratise and disrupt global learning.

3. Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.

4. The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.

Insights Document

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.