The 2016 summit, Futureproof: Empowering Resilient Communities will focus on sustainability in its most expansive sense. This key group of leaders will grapple with how to use this vital institution—the library—as a driver of community-wide sustainability to ensure a robust local future in the face of historic challenges from climate warming, political swings, and rapidly changing demographics. Set in Sacramento in partnership with Sacramento Public Library, led by the innovative Rivkah Sass, LJ‘s 2006 Librarian of the Year, the high-engagement event will tap on innovators in corporate environments who are reinventing their businesses’ approach to deep sustainability, and explore library-led strategies to design a more dynamic, flexible, and responsive future—one that’s sustainable for themselves and their cities and towns large and small. In its eighth year, this intimate two-day think tank gathers 100+ library leaders and strategic thinkers from beyond libraries to rethink, reengage, and reposition their libraries as futureproof, and primary drivers of futureproof communities.


More information about the program and presenters will be available soon but don’t wait, register today. We’ll update you with program and tour announcements as information becomes available.

Plenty of time will be allotted for networking during receptions and breaks; and an optional tour is in development.

Sacramento Public Library

Sacramento Public Library
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

“Honestly, this was as useful to me as a whole week of ALA. No choices between sessions, committee work, lost time, etc.—just relevant, detailed presentations from people who are at the top of the field. It was like the distilled essence of a library management conference. It was great to learn and share with other attendees, and the social aspect was good as well, but the single best part was the consistently high quality of the presentations.”

Alan Smith, Florence County Library (SC)

“The speakers were excellent and very inspiring. As a new director, I appreciated the opportunity to speak with directors from other areas of the country and from various sized libraries. It was wonderful to realize that many of the challenges that I face are common and to hear what others have done to meet those challenges. Overall, I was able to come away with ideas that I can adapt to my library and community’s unique needs.”

Michelle Willis, Scotch Plains Public Library (NJ)

2015 Directors’ Summit Photos