A NEXT LIBRARY® event is an international gathering of forward-thinking library professionals, innovators and decision-makers who are pushing boundaries and making changes that support learning in the 21st century.
Created by Denmark’s Aarhus Public Libraries and first presented in 2009, the purpose of a NEXT LIBRARY® event is to look ahead and explore the continuously evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century. For the first time and in partnership with Aarhus Public Libraries, the Chicago Public Library and the Urban Libraries Council brought the NEXT LIBRARY Conference to North America on June 20-25, 2014, at the Chicago Public Library. Previous Next Library events-sites are available in the Archive.
NEXT LIBRARY® is more than a conference; it is a community that has grown to nearly 940 library leaders and innovators from around the world.
The NEXT LIBRARY® global kaleidoscope includes Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam.
NEXT LIBRARY 2017
LOCATION: Dokk1, Aarhus, Denmark
TIME: 11 - 14 June 2017 as part of AARHUS 2017 - EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
ORGANISERS: Aarhus Public Libraries in collaboration with participants, partners & sponsors
Project manager Lotte Duwe Nielsen: LDN@aarhus.dk
Next Library Crew: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT LIBRARY FESTIVAL - 12 - 15 SEPTEMBER 2015
The NEXT LIBRARY FESTIVAL 2015 was the international opening of the new library in Aarhus; Dokk1
The many great facilities and services in the new building impacted the program and offered new opportunities for co-creating, learning, interacting, networking and playing.
The format of Next Library 2015 was a further development of "the Next Library Concept", meaning a “patchwork” of co-learning, co-creative, participatory, engaging, pluralistic and interactive meetings, and lots of parallel sessions, great keynote speakers, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, gaming, Networking Dinner Party, Get2Gether, Social un-conferences, alternative events and surprises.
The program included site visits to the newest and most innovative libraries, cultural institutions and technology innovators in Denmark, e.g.
THEMES OF NEXT LIBRARY 2015
PLAY & GAMIFICATION/
THE DARK SIDE OF THE INTERNET/
INCUBATOR FOR CREATIVITY & LEARNING/
THE KEY FACTORS FOR A SUCCESFUL CONFERENCE
In order to create the most inspiring and learning environment with optimal conditions for participatory, engaging and interactive meetings and knowledge sharing for attendees the NEXT LIBRARY intended to welcome participants, library organisations and related partners from libraries all over the world. Diversity, recognition, engagement and network are key factors for the success of Next Library events.
NETWORKING AND INVOLVEMENT
The aim of Next Library events is to involve attendees as much as possible in creating the ideas, topics and format in order to ensure the relevance and opportunities for networking and learning for the attendees from libraries all over the world.
Next Library 2015 was organized by Aarhus Public Libraries in co-operation with conference partners and sponsors:
MAIN SPONSOR OF NEXT LIBRARY 2015: DBC
OTHER SPONSORS AND PARTNERS OF NEXT LIBRARY 2015
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rambøll - Consulting engineers, designers and management consultants
The Nordic Halmstad Conference Group
Lotte Duwe Nielsen - T: +45 8940 9248 – M: +45 5157 6461 LDN@aarhus.dk
Aarhus Public Libraries- Director Rolf Hapel and Chief of the Main Library Knud Schulz