The Center for the Future of Libraries works to build connections with experts and innovative thinkers to help libraries address emerging issues. Provided below are opportunities to engage with the work of the Center - and we look forward to providing additional opportunities as they develop.
The Read for Later e-newsletter provides a weekly wrap-up of news and articles that help library professionals think about trends and changes that might shape the future of collections, spaces, services, partnerships, and roles in the community.
A set cards based on the trends identified by the Center for the Future of Libraries is available for you to purchase from the ALA store or download and print for free. Each card includes information about the trend and considerations for why it might matter for libraries. The cards can be used in many ways, including as conversation starters with colleagues and members of the community, as mapping tools to illustrate how trends fit together or how they fit into your community, or as starting material for innovation exercises. As the Center identifies new trends, supplement card packs will be made available.