Library Journal delivers a variety of engaging programs designed to keep librarians, publishers, and vendors up-to-date on the evolving technological advancements, community needs, and external pressures affecting libraries. Interested in attending one of our 2017 events? Sign up to receive event alerts from Library Journal.

Directors’ Summit

Directors'' SummitThe annual Library Journal Directors’ Summit is an intimate two-day think tank that brings 100+ library leaders and strategic minds from beyond libraries to engage in timely conversations on strategies libraries will be implementing to successfully navigate change now and into the future. Valuable networking time is balanced with robust programming that spans high level thinking to nitty gritty application.

Sacramento, CA
December 1-2, 2016

Washington, D.C. 2015Chattanooga, TN 2014 | Chicago, IL 2013 | Los Angeles, CA 2012


Designing the Future: A Design Thinking Workshop

cpl_fullThis full day workshop draws upon a toolkit created by IDEO—an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow—to guide attendees through the process of understanding design thinking to putting it into practice at their library.

Chicago, IL 2016


Professional Development

Professional DevelopmentPowered by Library Journal and School Library Journal, our professional development offerings provide timely resources and tools to stay ahead of the innovations and changes impacting the library and information profession. Staff and stakeholders from all settings and at all levels can participate in hands-on live workshops, enroll in immersive online courses led by leading industry professionals, and access insightful on-demand webcasts covering a range of relevant topics.


The Digital Shift

The Digital ShiftPresented annually by Library Journal, and School Library Journal, this dynamic, day-long virtual conference brings thousands of library professionals from around the globe to focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities. Each year, a roster of expert speakers and panelists present innovative ideas and tools for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public, bringing a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

The Digital Shift is a complimentary virtual conference: no traveling costs, no accommodation costs, no attendance fees. ALL CONTENT. It’s a must for anyone who has a role in their public, academic, or school library setting.

October 19, 2016

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012



Design Institute

Design InstituteHosted by Library Journal, this bi-annual library building and design event brings the latest thinking in library design to different cities throughout the country. Librarians and architects engage in expert panel discussions on pressing topics while library furniture/equipment vendors showcase the latest product offerings for the library space. The day also includes hands-on time in small group architect-led breakout sessions dealing with real-life design challenges submitted in advance by fellow attendees. Plenty of face time and networking opportunities with architects, vendors, and colleagues makes Design Institute a memorable and actionable experience for all.

May 2017 (Location TBA)
November 2017 (Location TBA)
Please check back soon for updates about our 2017 Design Institute events.

Charleston, SC 2016 | Bozeman, MT 2016 | Nashville, TN 2015 | San Diego, CA 2015 | Boston, MA 2014 | Salt Lake City, UT, 2014 | St. Louis, MO 2013 | Seattle, WA 2013 | Warrensville Heights, OH 2012 | Denver, CO 2012


Day of Dialog

Day of DialogLibrary Journal’s annual Day of Dialog is the most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year. Take a close-up look at upcoming books and the latest trends in the library and publishing worlds. The day includes hot author panels covering a range of topics including the top novelists for the fall/winter season, an inside scoop on the best books of the year during the favorite and informative Editors’ Picks panel, and a participatory town hall meeting session to discuss the pressing issues impacting libraries today.

Chicago, IL 2016 | New York, NY 2015 | New York, NY 2014

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