ALA has released a new report:
“Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025,” to prompt academic librarians to consider what trends may impact the future of higher education in order to take strategic action now. Authored by David J. Staley, director of the Harvey Goldberg Center for Excellence in Teaching in the History Department of Ohio State University, and Kara J. Malenfant, ACRL scholarly communications and government relations specialist, the report presents 26 possible scenarios for the future which may have an impact on all types of academic libraries over the next 15 years. The scenarios are based on implications assessment of current trends and reflect a variety of potential futures for higher education. The scenarios represent a variety of themes relating to academic culture, demographics, distance education, funding, globalization, infrastructure/facilities, libraries, political climate, publishing industry, societal values, students/learning and technology.
Take a read. Some interesting stuff in here. Their methodology is interesting, too. They’ve introduced the scenarios and have placed them on a graph that represents the probability that the scenario will occur, along with the scenario’s impact and the speed with which it’s unfolding.
There is definitely some food for thought in here. While this is written for the academic audience, there are scenarios that may play out in other sectors, as well.