Friday, November 11, 2016

IFLA Trend Report

15 August 2016


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 range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment.


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 1New Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information.
  • TREND 2Online Education will democratise and disrupt global learning.
  • TREND 3The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined..
  • TREND 4Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups.
  • TREND 5The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies.

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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