Announcement: These are the Themes of Next Library 2019

We are excited to announce the four themes of Next Library 2019:

• Libraries in Times of Social Crisis
• Civic Media and Data Democracy
• Temporary Spaces
• Game Changing Tech & Emerging Trends

Read more about the themes and the co-creating planning process of Next Library 2019 below.
See the calls for proposals for interactive sessions & Ignite Next Library Talks here

Libraries in Times of Social Crisis
Across the world citizens & communities are facing social crises. How should libraries respond, program and develop services to address some of these issues of social and economic disparity without turning into a social mission? We need to understand users and community needs better and design services for impact. Expanding library outreach will help link with local partners, engage new and underserved sections of our communities, and have a measurable impact on peoples’ lives.
Topics could include diversity, children & youth, equity, inclusion, social sustainability, cultural competences and community building leadership.

Civic Media and Data Democracy
A crucial component of democracy and citizenship is the citizens’ ability to act and improve society in an increasingly mediated world.
Which institutions, if not the libraries, should provide the critical public with insight and knowledge about not only the digital possibilities, but also the ethical dilemmas and the possible choices of future? How can the libraries spur and facilitate civic engagement programs on civic media practice? 
Topics could include: open policy making, digital and hashtag-activism, community media infrastructure and use, citizen journalism and micro-reporting, data visualization, open civic databases, urban hacking, finding patterns in big data or in formats that combine face-to-face interactions with civic media practices.

Temporary Spaces
Temporary spaces and -space designs are increasingly used as deliberate methods in both the cultural sphere, communities, urban cities and landscapes.
How can libraries use temporary structures to mediate between citizens, organizations, communities, artists, industry, education etc.? Which opportunities offers temporary structures as working method, community building and drivers for fast learning and agile organization development? How can temporary structures and spaces connect to sustainable economy and environment?
The theme is inspired by Raumlabor’s campus for Next Library Satellite conference in Berlin.
Topics could include: action research, outreach, placemaking, library leadership, experimental library spaces & events, cultivating uncertainty, prototyping and conceptualization of temporary spaces.

Game Changing Tech & Emerging Trends
What are the emerging techs and trends that will transform and impact communities, learning, workplaces, democracies, communication, transportation, economy etc. over the next years? And how will it impact public interaction and city development? We should explore how libraries can build their own digital capacity and meaningfully adopt technologies for serving the citizens and communities in the future. How does users benefit from library services that include “new” technologies like AI, VR, IoT, XR, RPA, Block Chain, Digital Twins and Big Data?
Topics could include: How and why are some trends and technologies regarded game changers of our future? What is the potential impact on citizens, communities, learning, literacy, culture and libraries and how do we explore opportunities and threats in partnerships with others?

The program for Next Library 2019 will reflect the themes in interactive sessions, Ignite Next Library Talks, keynotes, site visits & other events.
We are calling for proposals for Interactive Sessions, Ignite Next Library... addressing one of the themes. Submission deadline is 12 November 2018.

We reserve the right to alterations & surprises!

Next Library® 2019 is organized by Aarhus Public Libraries in co-operation with the Next Library Advisory Board and conference partners and sponsors: EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), Danish Library Association, Danish School of Media and Journalism, Aarhus City Lab and Progress Foundation / Occupy Libraries.
DBC is Main Sponsor.

The themes of Next Library 2019 are co-created!
Thank you, Next Library Community, for sending an abundance of ideas and suggestions for Next Library 2019. More than 100 people have contributed from 32 countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Kenya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, UK, Ukraine and USA.
The ideas were sent to us via cards from participants at Next Library Satellite Conference Berlin in Berlin, the call of ideas on http://www.nextlibrary.net/call-for-ideas-2019, blog posts on nextlibray.net, twitter and facebook.
The Next Library Advisory Board has reviewed and commented on the ideas and based on all input the Next Library Executive Committee has landed the themes for Next Library 2019.

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