Posted by: bluesyemre | December 20, 2017

#IFLA Trend Report 2017 Update

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Forward from IFLA Secretary General Gerald Leitner
No library exists in a vacuum.
The IFLA Trend Report, released in 2013, was designed to help everyone – both inside
and outside the library field – take a step back, and reflect on the forces shaping our
work and our lives. By connecting globally recognised experts with our community, it
fertilised thinking within IFLA and beyond. Last year’s update showed how libraries and
library associations around the world had made the most of this opportunity.
It is in the nature of trends that they evolve. They help shape the future, but do not
remain constant themselves. The same goes for IFLA’s Trend Report. The 2016 Update
already highlighted some new emerging tendencies, but to remain relevant, was always
going to need refreshing.
We are at a time that IFLA as a whole is looking to the future. Our Global Vision
discussion is exploring how the whole library sector can work together to ensure we
stay both relevant and influential. I am therefore proud to say that IFLA is committed to
keeping the Trend Report updated.
This publication marks the first of a new annual series, bringing together contributions
from expert speakers at our annual President’s Meeting. It depicts the context in which
libraries work to deliver education, reliable information, and opportunities for creativity
and personal fulfilment. It provides a further serving of the food for thought provided by
the original Report and the 2016 edition. And every five years, from 2020, IFLA will take
an entirely new look, giving the space to explore completely new trends that may have
As community-based entities with a mission to help individuals and societies develop,
our institutions both shape, and are shaped by, external forces. If we do not take the
time to understand these, we risk being caught unawares, missing opportunities, and
ultimately failing to fulfil our goals. If we do take this time, assess the implications, and
respond effectively – as many are doing already – we can be pioneers, leading efforts to
produce stronger, fairer and more participatory societies.
I encourage all readers – inside or outside of the library field – to think, debate and act
on the ideas contained in this update. IFLA, as the global library brains trust, will be
stronger for it.

IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession
IFLA puts libraries on the global stage and helps them develop.
We are the global voice and the largest brains trust of the library and information profession, with an active network of more than 1,400 Members – leading institutions and players in the library field – in over 140 countries, and well-established relations with the UN and other international organisations.
Together with our Members we work to set the professional agenda and develop standards in library service provision, to improve access to information and cultural heritage resources, and to place this work at the heart of local, national and global policies.

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