What is the IFLA Trend Report?

In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and 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.

The IFLA Trend Report is more than a single document – it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society. Before you go any further, make sure you:

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Discover the Trends

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

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

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

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

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

IFLA Trend Report 2022 Update
The IFLA Trend Report Update 2023 is full of ideas for how we – as a field and as a federation – can make ourselves ready not just to face, but to make the best of the future.

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Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? The <abbr title=The Insights Document is
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for the library community.

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Last page update: 26 March 2024