4 Library Directions for 2014 #4for14

Four themes for libraries in 2014.

#4for14

#4for14

  • Libraries as change entities
  • Partnerships as growth
  • New platforms for non-traditional library services
  • Libraries as gap filler

2014 will be about revolutions just as 2013 was about evolutions. My first post for the #4for14 meme includes major library areas that will be big in 2014.

The conversation about the near future of libraries includes us all. Share your thoughts on directions and trends that will impact libraries in 2014 with the tag #4for14

4 directions for libraries in 2014:

  1. Libraries as change entities/change foundries/laboratories. Libraries will adopt a culture of rapid and continuous pivots as the pace of change becomes the only constant: shifting service to “the future as a platform.” This will also include a strong entrance into newer technologies and a quicker adoption timeline.
  2. Partnerships as central:  Library partnerships with start ups (support, as test sites, co-growth, infrastructure, etc.), with technology providers and library companies supporting library partnerships with community elements, with local authors and publishers, with each other as library-wide creativity spreads evenly to individuals. The library as connector to support partnerships for growth toward community futures.
  3. New platforms and new library presences on existing platforms:  Connected cars, consoles (xBox, PlayStation, Ouya, Steam Machines), Wearable tech (especially smart watches and Google Glass), smart TVs and classic TVs as an old/new platform with Google Chromecast, larger smart phones and phablets.
  4. Libraries filling in the tension points caused by community gaps in technology innovation.

Looking ahead one year – As cities get smarter, I expect connected communities to be an obvious partner play that libraries can strengthen in 2015.


My next #4for14 post will be about four technology areas for libraries in 2014. What will yours be?

The #4for14 meme

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