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REPORT: Re-Envisioning the MLS: Issues, Considerations, and Framing

Full Report: http://go.umd.edu/reenvisioningwhitepaper

Re-Envisioning the MLS:
Issues, Considerations, and Framing
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland College Park

Key Trends
The trends discussed are grouped into the following categories:
§ Technology: The continuing implications of rapid advances in how we use technology to engage with, access, and share information are currently unknown. However, libraries and cultural institutions must prepare for these changes to adequately serve community needs.
§ Data and Analytics: Open data, open government, and community challenges in areas of health, education, workforce, environment, and various other key issue areas increasingly rely on data in a variety of formats. Moreover, they rely on a range of analytics skills, from data curation, manipulation, analysis, and visualizations. The role of libraries in local data infrastructures will take on increased significance.
§ Learning: Learning strategies are changing as evidenced by the move of a majority of states to the Common Core. So too are the types of knowledge and skills that our learners
require so that we have life-long learning and skills development opportunities. Increasingly this means more STEM, digital technologies, digital literacy, data, visualization, coding, hacking, etc. At the core is the need to build inclusive opportunities for continual learning.
§ Demographics: The US is undergoing significant demographic shifts that will influence the configuration of the communities we serve. Population growth, an aging public, and
increased diversity will all contribute to changing demands for information services, content, and engagement.
§ Policy: Current policy decisions being made at the international, national, state, and local levels will have significant impacts on the future of technology, education, equity, and
many other aspects of society. These decisions hold great potential to dramatically affect the role of cultural institutions in the community and challenge long-standing library
values.
§ Resources: Libraries exist in an environment of increasingly limited resources; tight budgets, environmental shifts, and increasing strain from growing population will necessitate operational changes in the coming years.

Presented September 30, 2014, to:
MLS Advisory Board
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland College Park

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