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 2021 UpdateThe IFLA Trend 2021 Update
shares 20 different
suggested trends
that the people who will be
leading our field in ten years felt would mark their
professional lives.

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

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Last page update: 11 January 2022