The NEXT Library Conference 2014 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 the NEXT Library Conference 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 will bring the Next Conference to North America on June 20-25, 2014, at the Chicago Public Library.
NEXT Library is more than a conference; it is a community that has grown to include over 500 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.
This year's theme is, Accelerate Learning, encouraging libraries to push boundaries, lead and accelerate changes in support of 21st century learning and create connections between people across disciplines and countries. Sessions at the Next Library Conference will concentrate on one of the following topics: