About Next Library
More than a conference
A NEXT LIBRARY® event 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.
WHAT IS NEXT LIBRARY?
Next Library was created by Aarhus Public Libraries in Denmark. The purpose of a Next Library event is to look ahead and explore the ever-evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century.
The aim of Next Library events is to involve attendees as much as possible in creating the ideas, topics, and formats in order to ensure the relevance and opportunities for networking and learning for the attendees from libraries all over the world.
Next Library Satellites
Satellites are Next Library events outside of Aarhus, Denmark. So far there has been two Next Library® Satellites, organized in collaboration with Aarhus Public Libraries. In 2014 the Chicago Public Library and the Urban Libraries Council hosted the first Next Library® Satellite.
In 2018, the Next Library Satellite Conference was hosted by Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB) and the Kulturstiftung des Bundes in cooperation with the Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH.
NETWORKING AND INVOLVEMENT
The aim of Next Library events is to involve attendees as much as possible in creating the ideas, topics and format in order to ensure the relevance and opportunities for networking and learning for the attendees from libraries all over the world.
WE CELEBRATE MISTAKES
We take risks when we organize new events and explore new ways of learning. And we learn from experiences.
The format of Next Library is a “patchwork” of co-learning, co-creative, participatory, engaging, and interactive meetings, and lots of parallel sessions, great keynote speakers, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, gaming, Get2Gether, Social un-conferences, Labs and surprises.
Diversity, recognition, engagement and network are key factors for the success of Next Library learning environments and communication.
NEXT LIBRARY® is more than a conference; it is a community that has grown to more than 1700 library leaders and innovators from 96 countries around the world.
The NEXT LIBRARY® global kaleidoscope includes Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands (Denmark), Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion (France), Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
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Next Library was born in Aarhus, Denmark. Apart from the conferences that take place in Aarhus there have also been Next Library events in Chicago, Berlin, Reykjavik, Stockholm and Oslo.
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