Reading trends point to past, where we’re going

The new year is a time when it’s natural to feel hopeful and optimistic about the future. This year, some of that optimism may be tempered by a dose of wariness or anxiety because, well, 2021 was a real kick in the pants. But if trends in the library world are any indication, we’re looking for ways to solve problems, find joy and generally make the world a better place.

Digital resources are becoming increasingly popular, which comes as no surprise at a time when we are staying home more out of safety and necessity. In addition, Westbank Libraries’ collections manager Elena Carvajal explained, supply chain struggles have meant delays in deliveries, decreased availability of titles and increased prices. These issues have accelerated the trend toward digital materials.

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