The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Trend Report, "Riding the Waves or Caught in the Tide?", identified five high-level trends in what Ingrid Parent, IFLA president, describes as an insights document. But the trends are not unique to the library and information communities; they have implications for many parts of society. For libraries, the collision of the trends with each other and with library values present interesting, challenging, and potentially frightening future scenarios. Advances in technology raise concerns about privacy and the perception of libraries as safe places. The report, according to Parent, is just a starting point designed to begin a conversation within the IFLA community. She encourages the library community to consider the trends and potential collisions, as well as how they might affect individual library environments.
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