The Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify emerging trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve; promote futuring and innovation techniques to help librarians and library professionals shape their future; and build connections with experts and innovative thinkers to help libraries address emerging issues. Learn more
Libraries are uniquely positioned at the heart of local, campus and school communities, enjoying public trust as repositories of knowledge and offering democratic access. The transformed library leverages its assets to open up new possibilities and go beyond informing to dynamically engaging communities. Resources for building your library’s community relationships. Learn more
New digital forms of information offer rich and extraordinary opportunities for libraries to expand community access to information and to revolutionize in positive ways the relationship between libraries and users. At the same time, these new forms of digital content pose new challenges. Learn more
In the traditional library, hierarchical organization and management reign. In the transformed library, management now serve as team leaders, and technical knowledge is more diffused. Librarians are encouraged to lead at any level and to innovate and experiment.
Learn more and find resources for future library leaders.
Libraries Transform is the American Library Association’s new, multi-year public awareness campaign. Its ultimate goal is to increase funding support for libraries and advance information policy issues in alignment with ALA advocacy goals. Visit www.librariestransform.org for more information.
Posters, postcards, bookmarks and other materials, including tips for using the campaign locally, are available in the Libraries Transform Toolkit. Registration is required to access the toolkit so that ALA can stay in touch with participants.