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 2018 events? Sign up to receive event alerts from Library Journal.

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.

Salt Lake City, UT
April 27, 2018

Vancouver, WA 2017 | Columbus, OH 2017 | 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

Stronger Together: Building Literacy-Rich Communities

What can be accomplished when schools and public libraries partner to provide better access to books and materials for all kids? 

Deep collaborations at the institutional level.

Stronger TogetherThis national gathering of thought leaders and innovators from across the country will share where and how these collaborations are taking place, and explore the impact that they’re having on the institutions, communities and kids they serve.

Omaha, NE
May 10-12, 2018

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

New York, NY
May 30, 2018

Brooklyn, NY 2017 | New York, NY 2017 |  Chicago, IL 2016 | New York, NY 2015 | New York, NY 2014

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 2017 | Hartford, CT 2017 | San José, CA 2017 | Chicago, IL 2016

LibraryCon Live!


LibraryCon Live!Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for our inaugural LibraryCon Live! virtual conference. We’re excited to offer a day-long celebration with beloved authors of fandom stories and characters, from pulse-pounding sci-fi horror to innovative reboots of classic series to mind-bending speculative fiction across formats. You’ll also learn from librarians and industry insiders on how to plan and host your own Comic Con-style event.

December 6, 2017

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.

Philadelphia, PA, 2017 | Sacramento, CA 2016 | Washington, D.C. 2015Chattanooga, TN 2014 | Chicago, IL 2013 | Los Angeles, CA 2012


TechKnowledgePresented annually by Library Journal and School Library Journal, the 7th annual TechKnowledge (formerly The Digital Shift) is a dynamic, day-long, complimentary virtual conference that brings together thousands of library professionals and leaders from around the globe and leaders in digital transformation to discuss its impact on libraries and their communities, as well as identify the latest solutions, opportunities and innovations.

This 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.

20172016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012


Public Library Think Tank

The Public Library Think Tank, presented by Library Journal and School Library Journal focuses on what “literacy” means today, from reading readiness to digital and news literacy and how libraries take leadership on fostering lifelong literacy and learning. This two-day event brings together public library leaders and directors, children’s services librarians, and young adult librarians, along with other leading thinkers on literacy today. Together, participants learn about innovative programs and services from a series of insightful presentations and collaborative sessions. Attendees leave with practical strategies that can be immediately applied to make a lasting impact.

Miami, FL 2018 | Miami, FL 2017 | New York, NY 2014

Online Courses

Professional DevelopmentLibrary Journal and School Library Journal offer intensive, interactive multi-session, online courses that help library staff at all levels learn essential skills, solve problems unique to their libraries, and put strategic plans into action. Course facilitators work with individuals in a coaching environment to help sort out personal challenges.

These instructor-led courses feature personalized interaction, combining real-time learning with asynchronous conversation and on-demand resources.


Facts Matter: Information Literacy for the Real World | March 28 & April 11, 2018

Empowering Teens: Fostering the Next Generation of Advocates | April 24 & May 8, 2018

Doubling Your Circ on a Dime | April 25 & May 9, 2018

Engagement Marketing: Put Your Library’s Story to Work | May 16 & 30, 2018

Maker Workshop | May 23 & June 6, 2018

Fund Your Library: Tools and Tactics for Getting to Yes! | June 7 & 21, 2018

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