Stephen Abram points to the Dec. 2007 issue of Trendwatching offering their top 8 consumer trends for 2008.

1. Status Spheres
2. Premiumization
3. Snack Culture
4. Online Oxygen
5. Eco-Iconic
6. Brand Butlers
7. MIY – Make It Yourself
8. Crowd Mining

Great stuff to be mined by library staff, as Stephen points out, and by LIS students. We did our trendspotting exercise last night, and the workgroups pointed to such trends as ubiquitous handheld devices, green libraries, and microblogging.