Symposium on the Future of Libraries


Included in your 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits full registration, three days of exploring the many futures for academic, public, school, and special libraries—Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Midwinter.

Sponsored by ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, the Symposium will consider the near-term trends already inspiring innovation in libraries and the longer-term trends that will help us adapt to the needs of our communities.

  • Symposium on the Future of LibrariesPlenary sessions with civic and  education innovators   and diversity and equity leaders creating what’s next for cities, campuses, and communities. 
  • Insights from the library professionals introducing new services, spaces, collections, and partnerships.

  • Discussions with experts and innovative thinkers from allied professions and disciplines sharing their visions for the future, helping us think beyond our current work.

The Symposium integrates and builds on the Midwinter Meeting’s popular ALA Masters Series and News You Can Use  updates which highlight innovations and advances in libraries.

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