I went to NEXT Library 2014 and ...

Aarhus Public Libraries, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Library Foundation, and the Urban Libraries Council joined together to present the NEXT Library Conference 2014. The conference took place in Chicago on June 20-25, 2014. We had over 350 participants from 37 countries attend. Over six days, library leaders toured Chicago, heard from inspiring keynote speakers and engaged in interactive sessions.

This was the first time NEXT Library was held in the U.S. since its inception in 2009. The conference theme centered around the topic 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 focused on:

  1. Patron as the center of design, which highlighted the critical importance of co-creation in supporting a community of learners.
  2. Leveraging partnerships for enhanced learning where speakers and participants  shared ideas, experiences and best practices to help their libraries create collaborative relationships that best support learning for diverse patron groups.
  3. Learning through creation, where participants connected with and explored emerging practices in connected learning, maker spaces, arts and STEM learning initiatives within libraries and other institutions.
  4. Leveraging technology for learning, where participants explored how libraries are using technology to accelerate 21st century learning.

During the NEXT Library conference:

It was a great conference and we are sorry to see it end! We hope to see you all next year at NEXT Library in Aarhus, Denmark, September 12-15, 2015.

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