The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the main federal source of support for America’s libraries, has awarded the American Library Association a grant to establish a Center for the Future of Libraries.

Its aim, says the report in American Libraries, is to provide library planners and community leaders with information resources and tools that will help them better understand the trends reshaping their libraries and communities and help them incorporate foresight into their planning processes.

The one-year, $50,000 planning grant will be coordinated by the ALA to develop a website and establish a ‘futures’ discussion group and blog.

“Because libraries must change as their communities change, librarians always have their eye on the future,” said ALA President Barbara Stripling. “They are ready to learn and adapt their programs as needs change, new technologies emerge, and the information environment offers new opportunities. By helping libraries better understand emerging trends, the new Center for the Future of Libraries will enable all librarians to continue to be on the cusp of change.”