NEXT Library Conference 2014

March 6th, 2014

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 Global Library Innovators and Leaders Gather for Next Library 2014

North America to Host International Library Conference for First Time

Chicago, IL – Next Library will bring its mission of driving innovation to North America for the first time in June. Throughout the world, libraries are pushing boundaries, leading and accelerating changes to support learning in the 21st century. Next Library 2014, Accelerate Learning, will reflect the rapid pace of change in today’s world as well as the reality that learning in the 21st century is a means of individual empowerment, community well-being and social change. As the experience of learning continues to evolve, libraries everywhere have a vital role to play – as partners in the community learning ecosystem and leaders in advancing strong learning outcomes that improve people’s lives.

Next Library 2014 will be held in Chicago, IL, USA at the Harold Washington Chicago Public Library between June 20th and June 25th. As a partnership among four organizations – Aarhus Public Libraries, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Library Foundation and Urban Libraries Council – the conference will explore how libraries implement bold new visions for learning using the principles of experimentation, design, co-creation and co-working.

“Next Library is all about doing new things in new ways,” said Susan Benton, President and CEO of Urban Libraries Council, a partner in developing the conference. “Today’s 21st century libraries are pushing boundaries and leading learning in the community, which is why we are thrilled to bring Next Library to North America and have participants broaden their thinking, create new connections and engage in global conversations on learning.”

Founded in 2001, Next Library is a world-class international conference for open-minded library innovators and decision makers. The 2014 conference is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Library Initiative, which has helped fund collaborative work among the Aarhus Public Libraries in Denmark, the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Chicago Public Library.

“Chicago Public Library has been working with Aarhus Public Libraries for the past year, and we’re thrilled to invite innovators from around the world to Chicago to explore these new ideas with us. Now more than ever, libraries and our partners need tools to help them understand and address users’ rapidly-evolving needs,” said Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon. Rhona Frazin, President and CEO of the Chicago Public Library Foundation stated, “Our Danish colleagues have set a very high bar for the conference, with great presenters and innovative programming. We believe that Next 2014 will continue this ambitious tradition.”

Next Library participants include library innovators dedicated to accelerating learning in their communities – from emerging leaders to senior library leadership, from practitioners focused on learning to librarians specializing in digital media, content and youth.

Attendees will be invited to engage in interactive sessions, which will be enhanced by a series of talks to inspire new thinking in:

  • Patron at the Center of Library DesignNEXT Library 2014
  • Leveraging Partnerships for Enhanced Learning Outcomes
  • Learning Through Creation
  • Leveraging Technology for Learning

“We are both humbled and proud of the collaboration with one of the best public libraries in the world. The Next Library 2014 theme, Accelerate Learning, goes to the core strategies of the Aarhus Public Libraries. We are looking forward to being inspired by the new methods Chicago has to offer and look forward to using these services for the citizens in Aarhus and Denmark,” said Rolf Hapel, Director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries at Aarhus Public Libraries.

About Next Library 2014
This conference is a partnership of Aarhus Public Libraries, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Library Foundation and Urban Libraries Council.

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