Next Library Satellite 2020 call for proposals

Call for proposals

Next Library Satellite 2020 is a co-created event, and we're calling on all forward-thinking library professionals, innovators and decision-makers who are pushing boundaries and making changes to help us present a meeting that will push ideas to the next level.

Submit your proposal for an Interactive Session or Ignite Talk below.

Ignite talks

“Enlighten us but make it quick!”

Ignite Talks are short and fast-paced. Each talk is 5 minutes with up to 20 slides that automatically advance in short intervals. The presentations are meant to ignite the audience on a subject or an idea that you think is worth sharing. Talks are clustered in sessions and followed up by audience-driven Q&As at the end of each session.

Presenting an Ingite Talk is an opportunity for Next Library Satellite participants to share innovative projects of international relevance. Next Library Satellite is all about networking and conversations about the libraries of the future, designed to enhance connections between up-and-coming library innovators and experienced professionals across the world.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for short, passionate talks that inspire, explore and share ideas related to the theme of the Next Library 2020 Satellite, Bold and Curious, and at least one of the conference provocations.

Please note:

The Ignite Talks will be filmed and distributed on the Next Library platforms afterwards.

     Next Library, Aarhus Public Libraries

Interactive sessions

We are looking for interactive sessions that bring participants together from different parts of the world to discuss and explore the future of libraries. We are looking for new formats that push the limits and explore new modes of interactivity.

What are we looking for?

  • experimentation with new formats
  • aim at diversity by bringing together people from different industries, backgrounds and perspectives
  • co-creation by people from different parts of the world
  • use of new technologies and artefacts that haven't been seen at Next Library before
  • an international focus: sessions must aim to involve participants representing diversity in geography, gender, professional experience, size, type and location of library (small / large; public/community; urban/rural)

Sessions must be interactive and hands-on: we are looking for activities that engage participants in new ways!

Each session runs for 90 minutes and should explore the Next Library Satellite 2020 theme, Bold and Curious, and at least one of the conference provocations:

State Library has a range of spaces available to host interactive sessions. Information about our spaces is available online, including room capacity, images and floor plans.

If there is a particular space that would best suit your session, please nominate your preference when submitting your proposal.

Please note that while we will do our best to meet all requests, we cannot guarantee any space requests until all Interactive Sessions are confirmed.  

What are we not looking for?

  • Long one-way presentations with only a short time for Q&A
  • A focus on only one single project
  • Sessions that only have relevance to a limited group of specialists or regions

     Next Library, Aarhus Public Libraries

Submit your proposal

  • Proposals must be submitted through the official website below

  • Write in English and upload any documents as MS Word or PDF

  • If required, seek approval from your manager before finalising your submission

  • You may enclose or link to photos or documents to help explain the format or idea of the session. Maximum size is 10 MB.


7 January 2020: deadline for proposals

All proposals will be reviewed by our advisory group

7 February 2020: successful applicants notified

16 April 2020:  Final decision and announcement of Interactive Sessions on,, Facebook, Twitter and other social media.


Presenters are expected to engage and take part in Next Library 2020 before and after their session to share news about their session, to network and to follow up on insights and learnings. It means that you, as a co-organiser of the event, also have the opportunity to take part in the rest of the Next Library program to network and continue discussions.

Next Library registration

All presenters are responsible for their own registration, travel and accommodation costs.

Information about conference fees will be available at

The conference language is English and interpretation services will not be available.

Submission form

Contact information
Connection to theme provocations
Attach documents or photos to help explain the format or idea of the session. Maximum size is 10MB.
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10 MB limit.
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