Thursday, 12th September 2013
Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide? Navigating the Evolving Information Environment
In the global information environment, time moves quickly and there's an abundance of commentators trying to keep up. With each new technological development, a new report emerges assessing its impact on different sectors of society. The IFLA Trend Report takes a broader approach and identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation. Its findings reflect a year’s consultation with a range of experts and stakeholders from different disciplines to map broader societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment.
The IFLA Trend Report is more than a single document – it is a selection of resources to help you understand where libraries fit into a changing society.
From Five Key Trends Which Will Change Our Information Environment:
New Technologies Will Both Expand and Limit Who Has Access to Information...
Online Education Will Democratise and Disrupt Global Learning...
The Boundaries of Privacy and Data Protection Will Be Redefined...
Hyper-Connected Societies Will Listen to and Empower New Voices and Groups...
The Global Information Economy Will Be Transformed by New Technologies...
+ Insights Document (PDF; 722 KB)
+ Trends Report website
By Adrian Janes
Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.
A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.
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