The Future of MLS

February 26, 2015

State and local government workforces have faced significant reductions since 2009. In 2011 alone, state and local governments cut nearly 250,000 jobs. While some hiring has occurred lately, reductions have been significant and are unlikely to grow to pre-recession levels.  Securing a library job can be challenging. Compe­tition is fierce, and the skill sets of … Continue reading The Future of MLS


The School Librarian as Learning Alchemist

February 26, 2015

  At the same time, school librarians continue to serve their communities by linking children, young adults, and teachers with both the information they need and the skills to use it. We’ve identified three trends that we see as most affecting the role of the school librarian in the near future. Information on demand In … Continue reading The School Librarian as Learning Alchemist


Joan K. Lippincott

The Future for Teaching and Learning

February 26, 2015

What does the future hold for librarians’ participation in teaching and learning in colleges and universities? Many are already taking advantage of the opportunities pro­vided by the emergence of new technologies and faculty interest in giving students assignments that will engage them in their learning. I believe that the greatest oppor­tunities for librarians lie in … Continue reading The Future for Teaching and Learning


Trending Now

February 26, 2015

We’ve selected five trends from the collection to high­light. Visit the trend library to learn more about each and to see the expanding collection of trend information. Anonymity Long a hallmark of internet culture, anonymity is a selling feature for new mobile apps such as Whisper and Secret. Information shared via anonymous apps includes emo­tional … Continue reading Trending Now


Forecasting the Future Of the Libraries

Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015

February 26, 2015

In 2013, the American Library Association (ALA) an­nounced the formation of a Center for the Future of Libraries. The project, initially supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), focuses much of its work on identifying emerging trends relevant to the libraries, the librarians, and the communi­ties they serve. Why … Continue reading Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015


Making Room for Informal Learning

February 26, 2014

The maker movement and makerspaces have swept the country and grown in numbers in libraries in recent years, as communities and libraries work to support science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education by offering spaces and equipment where users can learn as they create. American Libraries spoke to representatives from three library makerspaces—Megan Danak, principal … Continue reading Making Room for Informal Learning