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9—12 October 2021
State Library of Queensland
Next Library, an international gathering of forward-thinking library professionals, innovators and decision-makers is making its Australian debut at State Library of Queensland.
We invite you to Next Library Satellite 2021 in Brisbane, Australia, to collaborate and share new knowledge with an innovative and creative public library network. Queensland’s public libraries are renowned for their daring approach to the technological, social and climate challenges of our unique region.
Next Library Satellite 2021 will be an exciting place to share ideas and co-create new library futures. It will change the way you think about the role of libraries.
Next Library Satellite 2021 is organised by State Library of Queensland in collaboration with Aarhus Public Libraries.
Get ready to be bold and curious at Next Library Satellite 2021! Cast aside tired stereotypes about drop bears, poisonous snakes and oversized spiders and discover a uniquely Australian flavour of Next Library that will challenge your ideas and ignite your passion for all things library.
Looking from the present to be inspired by the deep past and imagine the future, Next Library Satellite 2021 will be informed by the distinct technological, social and climate challenges and opportunities facing libraries throughout the globe.
Next Library Satellite 2021 will encourage contributors to be bold in their presentation topics and formats.
Under the theme of Bold and Curious, the provocations for Next Library Satellite 2021 are:
How might libraries encourage risk, experimentation and play amongst their visitors and staff?
Are you brave enough to shine a light on your greatest failure? Tell us about a time you’ve tried something new and lived to tell the tale.
Topics may include
What are the difficult discussions that libraries must have?
How might we talk about these topics honestly and respectfully, with a view to developing new pathways forward in challenging times?
How might libraries facilitate connections across divides—physical, social, cultural or technological?
How might we co-create opportunities for exchange with our vibrant and diverse communities? What opportunities can we create to listen to and learn from perspectives that we are not familiar with?
How might libraries turn the challenges of rapid and dramatic transformation into opportunities for new services, policies and ideas?
How might we respond when we find ourselves on the precipice of change in our culture or in our climate?
Have an idea for a topic or speaker? Want to be involved in the Next Library Satellite in 2021? We’d love to hear from you.
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