Program | Next Library Satellite 2020


The full Next Library Satellite program will be announced in early 2020, and now is the time to start building excitement for a conference like no other. Hosted by State Library of Queensland in sunny Brisbane, Australia, the conference features three days of empowering speakers, hands-on activities and ideas that will inspire the future of libraries.

Discover the features of the program below.

About Next Library Satellite 2020

World-Class Keynotes

Industry-leading thinkers forging the future

Next Library Satellite 2020 will feature four incredible keynotes that will challenge and inspire. Representing leading minds from both libraries and industry, keynotes for the 2020 satellite meeting will focus on the four conference provocations and open minds to new possibilities. 

Interactive Sessions

Co-create the future

Interactive Sessions bring participants together from different parts of the world to discuss, experiment and explore the future of libraries using new formats that push the limits and explore new modes of interactivity.

Each 90-minute session will give participants an opportunity to engage with each other, as well as a variety of technologies, activities and ideas.

The call for proposals for Interactive Sessions is open until 21 January.

Ignite Talks

Fire up your passion for big ideas

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 will ignite the audience on a subject or an idea worth sharing. Talks are clustered in sessions and followed up by audience-driven Q&As at the end of each session.

These are the conversations of the future, where participants will be inspired by presenters' passion and leave feeling inspired.

Have an idea that needs to be shared? Submit your proposal to present an Ignite Talk by 21 January.

Innovation Studios and Next Library Lab

Innovation Studios

Next Library Innovation Studios are about deep thinking. Addressing global issues and unanswered questions, coming together from different perspectives and coming to terms with hard truths.

We are offering six in-depth examinations of topics which impact us all. Sessions will run the day before the official program commences and provide an opportunity to engage deeply with forward thinkers from across the globe.

Your seat in one of our Innovation Studios can be booked with your conference registration at a cost of AUD$235 including lunch.

Collaborate in the Next Library Lab

Next Library Lab will be open for the duration of the conference to showcase the outcomes of our six Innovation Studios and provide an opportunity for all conference participants to contribute their ideas.

Share, remix and interrogate the key topics and themes from the Innovation Studios, and watch as the Lab transforms over time. This is a space where everyone has equal opportunity to let their voice be heard.

No registration is needed for the Lab, so you are welcome to come back again and again.


Create a unique experience

Next Library is a conference like no other, where State Library will host innovative thinkers and boundary pushers from around the world to connect, collaborate and co-create.

Onsite activations create an environment where there’s something more to explore around every corner – quick hits of information which surprise, spark conversations, challenge ways of thinking, and inspire people around a revolutionary idea or initiative.

Activations will surprise and delight, providing small interactions with big impact.

Next Library Satellite

Join us in Brisbane, Australia 11 - 13 October 2020