May 18, 2022

Event Report: Distilling Key Trends to Rethink Libraries

From CILIP: The Library and Information Association (UK):

Long term decision making is a hazardous venture, especially in a fast-changing world. But the decisions still have to be made.

Before asking over 100 delegates to investigate a few trends for themselves, Julian Diamond, head of information management at Arup, ran through the issues that should be considered behind a couple of the 75 key trends that Arup has identified.


Trends chosen by 14 groups:

  • Community engagement
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Function diversity
  • Digital economy
  • Access and affordability
  • Knowledge economy
  • Information overload
  • Identity and localism
  • Content diversification
  • Function diversity
  • Big data
  • Lifelong learning
  • Remote services
  • User-centricity

Much More in the Complete Article

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.