The 10-Minute International Librarian #48: Think of a trend that will shape the field

Libraries are closely tied to the communities they serve.

Changes in the way people live, earn, socialise and behave will often have an impact on what they need from libraries, and how they use them.

In the meanwhile technological shifts can affect how libraries, in turn respond.

In this way libraries are affected by the major economic, societal, cultural and technological evolutions.

Being aware of them, and thinking about their impact – both positive and negative – can help you plan, as well as providing a great basis for discussion with colleagues around the world.

For example, IFLA’s Trend Report identified a number of examples back in 2013, with a 2016 update offering further ideas.

So for our 48th 10-Minute International Librarian exercise, think of a trend that will shape the field!

Think about how it could impact your users, and so your own ability to serve them.

Are there opportunities to do something more or something different to provide more help?

Are there threats which will need to be addressed in order to ensure services into the future?

You can use this as a basis for discussions at meetings or events, or in your work with colleagues around the world.

Share your ideas on key trends affecting libraries in the comments below.

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! 2.1 Produce, communicate and distribute key resources and materials that inspire the profession.

As we publish more ideas, you will be able to view these using the #10MinuteInternationalLibrarian tag on this blog, and of course on IFLA’s Ideas Store! Do also share your ideas in the comments box below.

2 Responses to “The 10-Minute International Librarian #48: Think of a trend that will shape the field”

  • Good day
    As a Public Librarian over the last 27 years, I think we are the generation that have seen the most changes. As the world gets “smaller” with Zoom meetings fro all over the wiel happening in your living room, I sometimes wish that all Libraries over the world could have the same operating system. Although I know this isn’t quite possible. Community Libraries are still Libraries, and have become a Center for Social development. To not being able to make a photocopy or use the Library as Study area, is in a sense a “crime”. People are left with very few resources as it is, and now the open Public space of a Library is denied as well. This is my 10 cents worth.

  • 24/7 support for library customers (through remote visio answers, Chat-bots…) ?

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