Symposium on the Future of Libraries

Sponsored by ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, the Symposium on the Future of Libraries features sessions exploring 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.

The Symposium on the Future of Libraries is included with full registration for the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits.

See working schedules* for:

*additional sessions and speakers to be added soon

The Symposium features a full schedule of sessions including:

  • Plenary sessions with civic, social, and education innovators 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 News You Can Use updates, highlighting new research, innovations, and advances in libraries.

The Center for the Future of Libraries opened a call for proposals for concurrent sessions in May 2019. The deadline for proposals was August 19. If you have questions about a proposal, please contact Miguel Figueroa at [email protected]