The American Library Association (ALA) has taken a proactive position by forming the Center for the Future of Libraries. The Center’s goal is to identify emerging trends of libraries, librarians and surrounding communities. Working with librarians across the United States, the Center’s information and data has worked to direct future innovations and plans.
Now reinvented, the public library operates with its own rules, culture and evolving purpose in a symbiotic relationship with its surrounding community. With the birth and growth of the e-reader, librarians came close to waving the white flag. Pundits predicted the end of libraries, as we knew them, or at the very least, books. Publishers panicked and authors examined options.