This entry is well overdue (not a library pun, just a statement of fact), both because TrendsWatch was released in February and because I’ve been behind in sharing these posts.
Library of the Future Blog
This is the third of these posts from consumer trends reports (see two previous posts, Skift’s "Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015" and Sterling Brands' "On the Future: A Forecast of Near Future Trends") – and maybe after this I’ll take a little break – but December, January, and February are full of year-end and year-ahead predictions.
I'm a sucker for consumer trends - please see a previous post on Sterling Brand's "On the Future: A Forecast of Near Future Trends." So I was happy to spend a Saturday night (yes, I'm a little lonely post-Midwinter Meeting) reading through Skift's new report, "Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015" (registration and e-mail required to download).
Released in November 2014, this one is a big one – 225 pages – and maybe that’s why it’s taken me a little while to get through it.
Like any librarian, I try to read a lot. Lately it’s been reports and articles that help me keep up with trends and forecasts for the future. Some of them reinforce things a lot of us are already thinking. Some of them introduce new ideas. And some of them kind of blow my mind. Every now and then I find one that does all three and that makes for a really good read.
The Long Now Foundation’s Manual for Civilization seems like a project librarians can get interested in. The project seeks to crowdsource a collection of 3,500 books deemed important for sustaining or rebuilding civilization - everything from the cultural canon to technical works to science fiction to history to guides to long-term thinking.
For one week each October, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) brings together some of the world's most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city of Chicago. CIW aims to be the platform for sharing big ideas and making big things happen. “That’s why we had libraries.”
For one week each October, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) brings together some of the world's most outstanding speakers to present their ideas and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at 80+ sessions across the city of Chicago. CIW aims to be the platform for sharing big ideas and making big things happen. “It’s a building that contains all of the information and you go to it, you get it, and then you’re full.” Oh no. Another outdated description of the library.
It’s something that we’ve all heard – we can’t predict the future. And that’s probably a good thing. It helps remind us that we are not destined for one single future, but rather that there will be many different futures based on how we work with our communities and with each other. In the absence of a single blueprint for the library of the future, ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries will focus its work on three key efforts including: identifying emerging trends relevant to libraries and librarianship;