Next Library calling: We want your ideas for 2019!

Submit your ideas in comment fields below, please

In 2018 Germany borrowed the brand Next Library® for a remarkable satellite conference in Berlin.

In 2019 Aarhus Public Libraries are taking Next Library® back home to Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark, to create our recognized biennial Next Library 2-4 June.

What's the purpose of a Next Library event?
The overall aim of the Next Library® is to provide inspiration, knowledge and insights that will enable its participants to become active game changers and transformers of library services and facilities, in close proximity with users and stakeholders in their own community.

Next Library is highly interactive and invites participants from all over the world with diverse experiences and perspectives that can inspire each other in the sharing and development of cutting edge rethinking and practices of public libraries.

What are we looking for?
We are looking forward to receiving your ideas for themes, topics, challenges, wild card events and new formats of learning & playful sessions etc.

From the start of planning Next Library 2019 we invite attendes and partners in shaping the program – and – that’s why we want your ideas:
Which topics are most important in the library business in 2019?

Submit your ideas now!
Submit your ideas below – whether it’s a grand theme, a small topic, a challenge or just something you’re wondering about and would like to be discussed. It can also be wild card events, playful sessions or new learning formats. Note: you must be signed in to leave a comment.

Submission deadline is extended to October 7 2018.
Take a look at the full timeline for planning Next Library 2019 here

Next Library 2019 is organized by Aarhus Public Libraries in collaboration with partners & sponsors
Next Library Advisory Board
EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries)
The Danish Library Association
DMXJ Danish School of Media and Journalism
Aarhus City Lab
Progress Foundation, Occupy Libraries

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Comment by Sophie Tilgner on September 29, 2018 at 22:22

A session focusing on marketing may be helpful - now that you have invested time and resources in developing an amazing programme/initiative, how best to ensure that people show up? What are the most effective venues for promotion, depending on which demographics you're targeting?

Maybe also something along the lines of "Re-Introducing the Wheel" (as opposed to re-inventing it). What are some of the "old" ways and resources that are making a comeback or unexpectedly in demand in our super new-and-innovative libraries? (Some examples - the continuing demand for print books in a world of digital access, card catalogues as local history treasure troves, the request for quiet spaces within our noise-friendly libraries)

Comment by Kenn Bicknell on September 29, 2018 at 0:38

A theme or track of sessions asking, "The Future of Libraries Lies In....?"

We all know that fiscal restraints, emerging technology, and the increasing need for broader services are all challenging libraries' abilities to meet demand.  Besides exploring best practices and case studies in other libraries, where else can we look for innovation and opportunities?

For example:

JOURNALISM: What can we adopt and adapt from another profession which values accurate information, the fight against "fake news," and an informed citizenry?  Some libraries are taking over local news coverage, some are training youth as "citizen journalists" to surface untold stories in their communities, while others are creating web archiving programs and Wikipedia edit-a-thons.

GLAM: What can we adopt and adapt from other cultural heritage institutions (galleries, archives, museums) with whom we honor sharing information, educating the entire public spectrum, and community building?  Some archives and museums are doing impressive work in achieving greater equity, diversity, and inclusion amongst their users, applying emerging technology, and developing new funding mechanisms.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS: Does a future of libraries rest with closer collaboration with for-profit interests? What are the risks and opportunities for libraries who want to explore how libraries can accelerate innovation and better products and services by working outside of the not-for-profit and government agency sectors?

There are many other areas which may intersect with libraries in the future.  Identifying, discussing, and collaborating around them today could help us meet those challenges.  I have spoken at several conferences about the first two examples, and would be happy to hear from others if there is interest.  I'm happy to share my C.V. or presentations.

Comment by Henrik Kjeldgaard on September 28, 2018 at 15:59

Libraries across the World experience the introduction of new services, and a lot of inspiration comes from the Next Library community - but how do you find the time and resource to make them happen? Efficiency through automation is one way to free up librarian power, and probably many more ways have already been realized - why not share and create an idea catalog in a workshop?

Comment by Thomas Sture Rasmussen on September 28, 2018 at 12:51

Breaking down silos, cooperation between different sektors. Libraries, universities, local business, high schools, public schools, countries etc.

Comment by Kate Lomax on September 28, 2018 at 12:20

Smart cities/smart libraries - - creating inclusive, interactive spaces

Comment by Maria Louise Christensen on September 27, 2018 at 22:24

I would really like a theme around visual experience of libraries - how do we mediate content visually in the Library space? Is wayfinding in libraries made for the patrons or the librarians? How can we be better at displaying our digital services in the Physical Library and vice versa?  Are libraries “Instagramable”? Where can we find inspiration when it comes to making displays and redecorating libraries - supermarkets, museums, parks? How will a library with only digital materials look, if it has to have a physical place? How do we unfold reading experiences visually? 

Comment by Olufunmilayo I. FATI on September 26, 2018 at 18:50

I will like to see a theme around "adoption and level of implementation of open source library management software."

Comment by Louise Lærke Andersen on September 26, 2018 at 11:03

 I would love to see a theme around the digital library platforms (web, SoMe etc) and look into how we can create a library experience (like in the fysical library). Could we use experience design to mediate knowledge online? I would like to investigate how we could bridge the digital library with the fysical library  - even more.

Comment by Next Library on September 26, 2018 at 10:04

Suggestion for a theme from one of the participants at the Next Library Satellite in Berlin: 

Media Literacy

Comment by Next Library on September 26, 2018 at 10:03

Suggestion from one of the participants in Berlin: 3 themes: 

- Partners

- Inclusion

- Immigration

Comment by Sidsel Bech-Petersen on September 26, 2018 at 9:20

I would like to see a theme around temporariness. Inspired by the conference venue in Berlin: how can we use temporary structures to mediate between citizens, organisations, business etc. I'm not sure exactly where this theme could go - but think it could be interesting to investigate. 


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