The American Library Association (ALA) recently released its annual State of America's Libraries Report, which summarizes major trends in public, academic, and school libraries. This report highlights three national trends that are predicted to impact the future of libraries: an aging population, growing income inequality, and the growth of "connected learning," or, educational opportunities in digital and social media. As the report notes, these last two trends are intertwined: "In order for connected learning to help level the playing field between the haves and have-nots, students must have regular access to new and emerging technologies and the internet." The report also includes the ALA's annual list of the most frequently challenged books in the past year. The brief report includes a very helpful reference section for readers interested in further reading.
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