December 18, 2014


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Library Journal delivers a variety of insightful and engaging programs designed to keep librarians, publishers, and vendors up-to-date on the evolving technological advancements, community needs, and external pressures affecting libraries. From Day of Dialog and Lead the Change to The Digital Shift (in partnership with School Library Journal), our live and virtual events bring together experts and thought leaders from the library, literary, and technology realms, guided by our experienced editorial team to offer provocative and informative conversations, presentations, and interactive platforms.

Perennially popular topics include collection development; emerging technologies; building & design; leadership and strategic development; and management, marketing, and fundraising—created for the maximum benefit of our public and academic library professional attendees.



Library Journal’s Lead the Change series offers timely resources and tools to stay ahead of the innovations and changes steering the library profession. Librarians can attend in-person, hands-on events ranging from leadership skill development to engagement marketing. David Bendekovic, program developer and lead instructor at the Pennsylvania Library Association Academy for Leadership Studies, and his co-facilitators, including recent LJ Librarians of the Year and Movers and Shakers, provide insights, best practices and strategies that will help you transform your career, your library and your community.


Now in its 5th year, The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center virtual conference will focus the attention of library professionals on libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences. Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll examine how libraries drive change like no other institution, reaching classrooms and communities around the globe, and will provide actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces.


Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Boston Public Library and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, this newest installment of our library building and design event will bring you the latest design thinking for changing user needs and expectations in a digital world. Come together with librarians, architects, and vendors to explore topics such as shrinking collections, maker spaces and digital labs, community engagement, and much more. Whether you’re renovating, retrofitting, or building anew, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration no matter your budget.


The much-discussed future arrives every day, and public libraries are right in the middle of meeting it head on and making opportunity happen—shaping their communities and our culture. But, embracing transformation can present organizational and leadership barriers. This intimate two-day think tank brings 100+ library leaders and strategic thinkers from beyond libraries to explore how to build and maintain resilient organizations that anticipate and greet critical change.


Our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation. To that end, we’re actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our in-house development of events, open calls for proposals, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve.

This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs and committees, participants, and organizations about this goal and how they might help us achieve it. Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse event experience:

• Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the event organizers by contacting

• Encourage potential speakers to submit a proposal to us.

• Organize community-based public-speaking trainings and practice events (Ignite is one popular format)

• Suggest ways that the on-site experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization (email us at

• Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision

We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience.

Derived from a conference diversity statement licensed by O’Reilly Media, Inc. under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

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