Aarhus Public Libraries have hosted biennial Next Library® Festivals since 2009. Next Library® Satellites were added in 2014. Get a glimpse of the historic highlights can be seen in the timeline below.
Next Library FESTIVAL 2023
This year we’re able to meet in the real world. Get ready for sessions and keynotes about democracy, play, and sustainable development goals.
Next Library ONLINE FESTIVAL - June 3
A one-day online event following the sun’s orbit around all time zones. Keynotes by Peter MacLeod, Ryan Jenkins, and Rolf Hapel
VOICES OF NEXT LIBRARY, OnlineAPRIL 12-16
As a warm up for the Next Library on June 3rd we welcome you to share your stories, mistakes and get involved with the Next Library community!
Next Library 2019, AarhusJUNE 2-4
Three days of inspiration for 400 participants from 44 countries at Dokk1 i Aarhus. Keynotes by Herman Wasserman, Louise Bernard, Christopher Breedlove, Martin Brynskov, and Glòria Pérez-Salmerón.
Next Library SATTELITE, BerlinSEpTEMBER 12-15
400 participants from 39 countries met in Berlin, Germany for the second ever Next Library Satellite.
Keynotes by Richard David Lankes, Nina Simon, Stefan Kaduk, and Sandi Hilal.
Next Library 2017, AarhusJUNE 11-14
350 participants from 38 different countries met in Dokk1, Aarhus for four days of sharing and inspiration.
Keynotes by Peter MacLeod, HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, Philipp Schmidt, and Deborah Jacobs.
NEXT LIBRARY 2015, Aarhus
Five days of presentations, interactive sessions, networking events, and inspiring site visits marked the international opening of Dokk1 in Aarhus, Denmark. 350 participants from from 30 countries + special guests enjoyed keynotes by Deborah Jacobs, Erhardt Graeff, Donna Scheeder and Dimitris Protopsaltou.
Next Library Satellite, ChicagoJUne 20-25
The first ever Satellite with keynotes by Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Rahm Emanuel, John G. Palfrey, Jr., and Tina Sciabica.
NEXT LIBRARY 2013, Aarhus
348 people from 38 different countries enjoyed the keynotes by Gerfried Stocker, Deborah Jacobs, Mark Jones, and Pat Losinski.
Next Library NORDIC CAMP 3, OSLOSeptember
At the last Nordic Camp 52 participants from Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark worked together for two days, discussing strategic challenges ranging from future competencies to change the library brand and to build the necessary partnerships.
NEXT LIBRARY NORDIC CAMP 2, STOCKHOLMSeptember
The second Nordi Camp took place in Stockholm.
56 participants from til libraries in Reykjavik, Akureyri, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and Aarhus worked together for two days on co-creating trends, challenges and ideas for the Nordic Public Libraries.
The take-off was a co-creation of trends which has impact on public libraries of the future.
Next Library 2011, AarhusJune 16-19
Keynote by Jens Thorhauge.
NEXT LIBRARY NORDIC CAMP 1: ICE CAmp, ReykjavikJune 20-23
Based on the learnings from the first camp in Helsinki this as the first of 3 Nordic Camps. 73 participants from Reykjavik, Kopavogur, Akureyri, Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and Aarhus worked together for two days on strategic challenges ranging from ”How to build flexibility into libraries?” to ”How to merge the digital into the physical”.
Next Library 2009, AarhusJune 19-21
This event was planned as an un-conference. The program was a mix of invited speakers, postersessions, speed-presentations and open sessions where co-creators and participants decided what should happen.
Before the conference the Next Library community was invited to post suggestions and ideas. Speakers and co-creators: Deborah Jacobs, Helene Blowers, Gene Tan, Ellen Walraven and Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer, Nate Hill, June Garcia, Erik Boekesteijn, Jaap Van De Geer, Geert Van Den Boogaard and many more.
NEXT LIBRARY CAMP, Helsinki
In 2008, the city libraries in Helsinki, Stockholm and Aarhus entered a three-year cooperation on exchanging experiences, ideas and inspiration for innovation of libraries of the future.
The activities should cover at least one 48-hour library camp a year as well as ongoing contact between members of staff and managers. This camp in Helsinki was the first experiment to try out what the camp format could do for the development of network and new ideas.
Elevations - The Networking library, AarhusJune 10-12
A conference on strategic innovation, networking, co-creation, democracy & participation.
The conference focused on that exact point of elevation that takes quality, relevance and knowledge to a higher level. Where engaging in strategic networking and user–based innovation make an important difference. Speakers: Teresa Peters, Christine MacKenzie, Rob Froud, Nancy Tessman, Samuli Kunttu and more.
Children's Interactive Librarymay 2
Strategies and prototypes for the future Children’s Library. The exhibition “The Children’s Interactive Library” presented innovative prototypes and installations that support playfulness and tangibility. Speakers: Melanie Huggins, Marijke Troelstra, Karen Bertrams, Ingrid Bon, Jens Thorhauge, Kirsten Drotner, Bente Buchhave and Peter Gall Krogh
Transformations - The Library in Progressjune 13-15
A conference on the Physical library – architecture, community values and knowledge mediation. Organized by the “Halmstad Conference Group” and Aarhus Public Libraries. Speakers: Deborah Jacobs, Joshua Ramus, Susan Kent, Alfred Pfoser, Jens Thorhauge, Ngian Lek Choh, Kaj Groenbaek, Winnie Vitzansky and Mogens Brabrand.
Scandinavia Meets the WorldJune 10-12
A meeting between culture- and library politicians, Nordic library leaders and professional colleagues plus a number of library executives from all over the world.
Speakers: Chris Batt, Maija Berndtson, Josephine Bryant, Christopher Chia, Glen E. Holt, Breda Karin, Andreas Mittrowann, Sue Sutherland and Jens Thorhauge / Denmark.
Next Library is back! Get ready for inspirational talks, exciting site visits, interactive sessions, lots of networking and an actual LIVE festival party.
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