Optional Events

This page will list the optional events i.e. master classes, site visits, etc. that will take place during Next Library 2014. 

Friday, June 20th:  Study Tours/Site Visits

Join fellow Next Library conference attendees and tour of some of Chicago’s most innovative and creative learning spaces the city has to offer.

Please note that tour buses will depart from the Chicago Public Library – Plymouth Street entrance. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the slated tour time.

Friday, June 20th 1:30-5pm

$25 per person. Registration cost includes transportation

UIC Innovation Center


Situated in one of the country’s leading research universities, the Innovation Center is a collaboration, education and incubation center embedded in the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Innovation Center initiates programs and activities that bridge research and education with industry. During each engagement, companies, educators, experts and students collaborate on real world problems and deliver real world results. The Innovation Center is a community of industry entrepreneurs and academic researchers working in partnership to instigate breakthroughs: fusing the uncommon, taking risks, thinking big.



The story of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 isn’t really about the fire. It’s about what happened next: A remarkable moment when the most brilliant engineers, architects and inventors came together to build a new city. 1871 is Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups. Located in the famed Merchandise Mart, the 50,000-square-foot facility provides Chicago startups with programming, access to mentors, educational resources, potential investors and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs that help them on their path to building successful businesses.

Please note that tour buses will depart from the Chicago Public Library – Plymouth Street entrance. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the slated tour time.

Saturday, June 21st  1:00 PM–5:00 PM

$25 per person. Registration cost includes transportation.

University of Chicago Arts Incubator 


The 1920s building located at Garfield Boulevard and Prairie Avenue has been renovated for the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life initiative. Envisioned by artist Theaster Gates, the Arts Incubator is a space for artist residencies, arts education, community-based arts projects, as well as exhibitions, performances, and talks.  The building houses two studios spaces for artists in residence, a wood shop for our Design Apprenticeship Program, a gallery for exhibitions (the current exhibition is called Black Ink Book Exchange), as well as a flex space that we use predominately for public performances.   

Chicago Public Library – YOUmedia


YOUmedia is an innovative, 21st century teen learning space which is currently located at five Chicago Public Library locations. YOUmedia was created to connect young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions throughout the city of Chicago in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity. Chicago Public Library librarians and Digital Youth Network mentors lead workshops to help teens build their skills and create digital projects – from songs to videos to photography to podcasts. Teens learn how to use a variety of technology and digital equipment, including still and video cameras, drawing tablets, and video and photo editing software. YOUmedia at the Harold Washington Library also provides an in-house recording studio featuring keyboards, turntables, and a mixing board.

Chicago Public Library – Maker Space


In 2013, the Chicago Public Library announced the addition of an Innovation Lab which would allow for experimentation with new ideas and approaches in order to be more customer focused and able to adapt to the community's changing needs. The first innovation experiment in the space is the Maker Lab, part of the growing movement of hands-on, collaborative learning environments in which people come together to share knowledge and resources to design, create and build items. While a number of maker spaces exist in Chicago, this will be the first free maker space open to the public.

Chicago Children’s Museum – Navy Pier


Chicago Children’s Museum is a place where families and caregivers with infants and children are encouraged to create, explore, and discover together through play. The museum features three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual and performing arts, and health.

Sunday, June 22nd:  Special Sessions

Wednesday, June 25th: Unconference
    8:30-9:00 am Breakfast / Review and Choose Unconference Topics
    9:00-noon am Unconference Sessions
    noon Depart 


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New dates: 2 Next Library Events in 2021

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 Next Library Satellite Brisbane 2021

After careful consideration and consultation with Aarhus Public Libraries and other collaborators, State Library of Queensland has made the decision to postpone Next Library Satellite Brisbane to 2021.

The new dates for the event are 9 October—12 October 2021.


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