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The NEXT Library Conference 2014 took place June 20-25 and drew a globally diverse audience of over 350 participants, including 11 NEXT Scholars who received financial support to lend their voices to the mix. In partnership with Aarhus PuLegosblic Libraries, the Chicago Public Library, the Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Urban Libraries Council brought the NEXT Conference to Chicago, Illinois, for its first foray in North America.

Over six days, library leaders toured Chicago hot spots, heard from inspiring keynote speakers and engaged in interactive sessions on topics such as "Nimble is the Name of the Innovation Game" and "Re-Imagining the Civic Commons."NEXT

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NEXT Library Conference 2014 Theme

Accelerate Learning, reflects 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 continNEXTues to evolve, libraries everywhere have a vital role to play – as partners in the community learning ecosystem, and as leaders in advancing strong learning outcomes that improve people’s lives. 2014 Keynote speakers included: Bo Stjerne Thomsen, The LEGO Foundation; John G. Palfrey, Jr., Philips Academy; and Tina Sciabica, READ Global.


Created by Denmark’s Aarhus Public Libraries and first presented in 2009, the purpose of the NEXT Library Conference is to look ahead and explore the continuously evolving nature of the public library in the 21st century.

NEXT Library is more than a conference; it is a NEXTcommunity that has grown to include over 500 library leaders and innovators from around the world. The NEXT Library global kaleidoscope includes Australia, Austria, Bhutan, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Faroe Islands, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, New Zealand, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam.