The future may not be certain, but the values of libraries are. Through better preparation, defence of their principles, and a readiness to seize opportunities, libraries can underline their social and civic role, now and in the long term. The IFLA Trend Report Update 2018 explores the challenges of uncertainty, and offers ideas on how libraries can respond.
Libraries have a duty to their communities – to provide the meaningful access to information that allows everyone to learn, grow, and take better decisions. To do this in the modern world, offering innovative, effective services to their users, they need to understand the evolutions taking place around them.
IFLA’s Trend Report and Updates aim to do just this. They highlight key tendencies and developments which shape the work of libraries. This provides the raw material for reflection within libraries, library associations, and the broader library field, on how to prepare for the future.
The four contributors to this year’s Trend Report Update offer valuable perspectives from the academic, journalism, think tank and technical worlds. We are sure that they will promote – and provoke – equally valuable discussions and debates across the global library field.
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19 pages; PDF.