Future of Libraries Trend Cards

A set of 28 cards based on the trends identified by the Center for the Future of Libraries. Each card includes information about the trend and considerations for why it might matter for libraries. The cards can be used 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.

A downloadable activity – and downloadable version of the cards – is available at the Center’s website.

This first deck includes cards for each of the following trends:

  • Aging Advances
  • Anonymity
  • Badging
  • Basic Income
  • Collective Impact
  • Connected Learning
  • Connected Toys
  • Data Everywhere
  • Digital Natives
  • Drones
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Fandom
  • Fast Casual
  • Flipped Learning
  • Gamification
  • Haptic Technology
  • Income Inequality
  • Internet of Things
  • Maker Movement
  • Privacy Shifting
  • Resilience
  • Robots
  • Sharing Economy
  • Short Reading
  • Unplugged
  • Urbanization
  • Virtual Reality  

Dimensions – 4 ¼” x 5 ½", shrinkwrapped.

About the Author

Formally launched in 2014, ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries works to identify emerging trends relevant to libraries and the communities they serve, promote futuring and innovation techniques to help librarians and library professionals shape their future, and build connections with experts and innovative thinkers to help libraries address emerging issues.

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$ 22.50
Item Number:
Center for the Future of Libraries
4 14"
5 12"
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