Library trends in light of international strategies
Abstract: Currently libraries undergo a significant function change as these institutions are expected to be more than mere transmitters of information available in written and digital form. Libraries should strive to meet societal demands. While due to the constant changes of employment conditions workers in the 21st century should possess solid digital competences, such skills and aptitudes are insufficient by themselves as these competences are in a state of constant flux as well. By 2025 the most important expectations toward employees will include analytical thinking and innovation, along with the ability of active learning and forming and following learning strategies (Tyler et al., 2019). Accordingly, such an institutional system is needed which can provide optimal preparation for meeting the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The general public expects libraries to provide an effective answer to this problem (PEW, 2016), the respective institutional strategies should be explored as well. In addition to summarizing the changed expectations, my presentation will compare the strategy and philosophy of two leading library organizations, the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). I will explore the change of perspective in the library sphere for the 2013-2024 period by analyzing the respective strategic documents and performing deep qualitative content analysis on selected library strategies.