The Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify trends relevant to libraries and librarianship. This collection is available to help libraries and librarians understand how trends are developing and why they matter. Each trend is updated as new reports and articles are made available. New trends will be added as they are developed. 

Trends will be organized into seven categories - Society, Technology, Education, the Environment, Politics (and Government), Economics, and Demographics (STEEPED). We have shared more information about the organization and classification of trends below

If you have suggestions for additional information that could expand our coverage or ideas for additional trends that should be included, please contact the Center. We look forward to having you join this work! 

Aging Advances Trend [Category - Demographics]  Anonymity Trend [Category - Society]  Badging Trend [Category - Education]  Collective Impact Trend [Category - Society]  

Connected Learning Trend [Category - Education]  Data Everywhere Trend [Category - Technology]  Digital Natives Trend [Category - Demographics]  Drones Trend [Category - Technology]  

Emerging Adulthood Trend [Category - Demographics]  Fandom Trend [Category - Society]  Fast Casual Trend [Category - Society]  Flipped Learning Trend [Category - Education]

Gamification Trend [Category - Education]  Haptic Technology Trend [Category - Technology]  Income Inequality Trend [Category - Economics]  Internet of Things Trend [Category - Technology]  

Maker Movement Trend [Category - Society]  Privacy Shifting Trend [Category - Society]  Resilience Trend [Category - Evironment]  Robots Trend [Category - Technology]  

Sharing Economy Trend [Category - Economics]  Unplugged Trend [Category - Technology]  Urbanization Trend [Category - Demographics]

Organization and Classification of Trends

Many futurists and trend scanners encourage the organizing or classifying of trends to help improve our understanding of trends, piece them together, and to ensure a broad view of the trends shaping our world. The DEGEST method of classification (Demography, Economy, Government, Environment, Society, and Technology) is among the most popular. For our purposes, we have expanded the classification to include Education as its own category and have re-labeled to form the acronym STEEPED - Society [red], Technology [light blue], Education [dark blue], the Environment [green], Politics & Government [orange], Economics [purple], and Demographics [yellow]. Each trend icon is color-coded to a category per the key below:

Society - Category Color Red  Technology - Category Color Blue  Education - Category Color Dark Blue  The Environment- Category Color Green  Politics & Government - Category Color Orange  Economics - Category Color Purple  Demographics - Category Color Yellow