This year’s event will focus on the library’s role in civic reinvention and the new face of public engagement. Attendees and expert presenters will explore and discover the trends that are reshaping public life, how civic leaders are responding with projects small and large, and how the library fits in as both a public place and as a key source of visionary leadership feeding the future of our communities. Reserve your complimentary place today and be part of this elite group of leaders.

Set in Philadelphia in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, led by the transformational Siobhan Reardon, LJ‘s 2015 Librarian of the Year, this high-engagement event will tap on thought leaders in civic design who are reinventing our cities and towns—with a focus on putting people first. It will showcase exemplars of library innovation in this area stepping into new areas and reshaping what partnership means as mission expands. And, it will dive into the mindset and skill shift required of library leaders to effectively put their institutions at the heart of this movement.

Now in its ninth 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 central drivers of the reinvention of public life.


Free Library of Philadelphia

Free Library of Philadelphia
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Who Should Attend?

The Directors’ Summit is designed for those currently working in a public library at the level of an Executive Director or Deputy (though titles vary widely). If you work in a different type of library and would like an invitation to attend a future summit, please query us describing your library setting and role, and LJ will consider the request if space allows. Write to and include “Directors’ Summit” in the subject line.


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