Symposium on the Future of Libraries

The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. The Symposium features sessions to help attendees 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. Participation in the Sympsoium is included with attendees' registration for the Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits.

In addition to sessions led by librarian innovators from academic, public, school, and special libraries, the Symposium regularly features civic, education, social, and technology innovators from allied professions, helping us explore what’s next for cities, campuses, and communities.

2019 Symposium on the Future of Libraries (January 25 - 29, Seattle, Washington)

Over 30 sessions exploring algorithms, machine learning, social isolation, computational thinking, speculative design, and more. 

2018 Symposium on the Future of Libraries (February 9 - 13, Denver, Colorado)

Over 30 sessions addressing artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain technology, diversity and equity, linked data, millennials in leadership, new roles for libraries, sustainability, and more.   

2017 Symposium on the Future of Libraries (January 20 -24, Atlanta, Georgia)

Over 25 sessions exploring civic engagement, creative placemaking, ebooks, mobile service delivery, TEDx and TED Ed programming, universal design, and virtual reality in education. Plenary sessions featured digitalundivided and the BIG Innovation Center and BIG Accelerator, Welcoming America, We Love BuHi, the Atlanta Center for Civic Innovation, the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) at Georgia Tech, and honorCode.