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Professional Development

Annual Conferences

American Library Association (ALA)
The ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition and the ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits are premier global library events hosted every year, bringing together the newsmakers, innovators, thought leaders, and influencers in the library field, from all over the world.

 

American Philosophical Society
The American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 in Philadelphia, is a scholarly organization that promotes knowledge in the sciences and humanities through research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach.

 

American Printing History Association (APHA)
American Printing History Association is a membership organization that encourages the study of the history of printing and related arts and crafts, including calligraphy, typefounding, typography, papermaking, bookbinding, illustration, and publishing.


Archives Unleashed Datathon
Archives Unleashed aims to make petabytes of historical internet content accessible to scholars and others interested in researching the recent past.

 

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
ARLIS/NA is a growing, dynamic organization of nearly 1,000 members, including architecture and art librarians, visual resources professionals, artists, curators, educators, publishers, others interested in visual arts information.

 

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians.

 

ACRL/NY: Association of College & Research Libraries
ACRL/NY is the Greater New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries. The Chapter promotes professional standards, mentors librarians, and enhances professional development through a variety of educational programs.

 

Association for Recorded Sound Collections
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods.

 

California Conference on Library Instruction (CCLI)
The California Conference on Library Instruction (CCLI) is a grassroots committee comprised of academic instruction librarians in Northern California. CCLI’s sole mission is to provide an annual one-day conference on user education in academic libraries.

 

California Library Association  
California Library Association is the community for California libraries. The Association provides leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library services, librarianship and the library community.

 

Charleston Library Conference  
The Charleston Conference is an informal annual gathering of librarians, publishers, electronic resource managers, consultants, and vendors of library materials in Charleston, SC, in November, to discuss issues of importance to them all. It is designed to be a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment.

 

Code {4} lib  
The conference for people who code for libraries. An annual gathering of technologists from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives, and museums and have a commitment to open technologies.

 

Computers in Libraries 
Computers in Libraries provides a unique, annual opportunity for library and information professionals from all over the world to gather together and discuss the myriad of ways technology continues to impact libraries and the people who use them.

 

Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM)
The Conference on Academic Library Management (CALM) strives to fill a gap in the academic library professional development landscape by focusing on practical management skills and concrete practices. 

 

Creative Commons
Creative Commons (CC) annually holds the CC Global Summit events, bringing together experts from different fields with the purpose of spurring on debates and organizing workshops related to Open Access.

 

Critical Librarianship & Pedagogy Symposium
Critical library pedagogy recognizes that "all knowledge is created within a historical context" and teaches students how to identify and understand the contextual drivers behind the creation and dissemination of information.

 

Critical Pedagogy Symposium
The Critical Pedagogy Symposium is a collaborative project of ACRL/NY, LILAC, and METRO with additional support from Library Juice Press and NYU Libraries. 

 

csv,conf,v6
csv,conf is a non-profit community conference run by folks who really love data and sharing knowledge. If you are as passionate about data and its application to society as we are, then this is the conference for you.

 

Data for Black Lives 
Data for Black Lives is a movement of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people.

 

Designing for Digital
Designing for Digital is meant to bring together UX professionals, web designers, managers, researchers, strategists and librarians of all types to examine the current user’s experience of the library and design the future of libraries in the modern, digital world.

 

Digital Initiatives Symposium
Digital Initiatives Symposium focuses on data management and sharing, open data, open educational resources, digital initiatives in instruction and undergraduate research, roles for deans and directors in digital and institutional repository initiatives, roles for disciplinary faculty in digital and institutional repository initiatives, diverse repository platforms and functions, digital humanities and copyright and licensing.

 

Digital Library Federation (DFL)
Digital Library Federation is a networked member institutions and a robust community of practice - advancing research, learning, social justice, & the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technologies. DLF programs stretch year-round, but we are perhaps best known for our signature event, the annual DLF Forum. The DLF Forum welcomes digital library, archives, and museum practitioners from member institutions and beyond - for whom it serves as a meeting place, marketplace, and congress.

 

Digitorium
Digitorium is a multi-disciplinary Digital Humanities conference held at the University of Alabama.

 

DrupalCon North America
DrupalCons are the major events and gathering places for the community of thousands of Drupal open source users, developers, designers, evaluators, marketers and business people to participate in sessions, talks, code contributions and social events. Two DrupalCons are typically held annually: one in North America in the spring and the other in Europe in the fall.

 

Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L)
ER&L is a friendly niche conference made through the efforts of a fleet of libraryland volunteers and a small but mighty team led by our librarian founder. 

 

Engineering Library Division
The Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) consists of librarians and information professionals concerned with the support of engineering education. We are involved in the provision of library services and the development of innovative approaches to networking information services.

 

HighEdWeb Technical Academy
The Technical Academy helps participants to learn innovative techniques and best practices for building faster, stronger websites.

 

IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework)
The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a protocol for standardized image retrieval created by a community of the world's leading research libraries, major national libraries and not-for-profit image repositories in an effort to collaboratively produce an interoperable technology and community framework for image delivery.

 

Innovative Users Group (IUG)
The Innovative Users Group was founded in 1991 as an international organization of member libraries who used the Innovative Interfaces, Inc integrated library software. It is an independent organization from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

 

Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL)
The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) is a continuing education program for academic and research librarians designed to prepare novice researchers for careers as librarian-researchers.

 

IFLA World Library and Information Congress
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

 

Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL)
The ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues.

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LD4 Conference
By bringing together a broad range of perspectives, and centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and ethics in our discussions, we will create a community of practice for linked data in libraries.

 

LaborFest 
LaborFest was established in 1994 to institutionalize the history and culture of working people in an annual labor cultural, film and arts festival.

 

Learning Revolution
The Learning Revolution is a free online community hub that hosts discussions and events on teaching, learning, and the future of schools and libraries. In addition to special online conferences and mini-conferences, the site serves as host for a number of weekly shows and topic, organization, and book groups.

 

LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience
LibLearnX is a member-based education experience designed to motivate, inspire, and engage discussions that will shape the future of libraries and their communities.

 

Library 2.0
Library 2.0 was started in 2007 by Bill Drew as one of the first modern social networks for librarians and educators.

 

Library Information Technology Association (LITA)
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is a community of web services librarians, system librarians, digital initiative librarians, library administrators, library schools, and vendors working together to empower libraries through technology.

 

Library Leaders Forum
The Library Leaders Forum is an annual opportunity for the libraries community to come together and discuss the 21st-century library.

 

Library Technology Conference
The LibTech Conference provides an opportunity for library professionals to come together to discuss the changing technologies that are affecting how users interact with libraries and to see how libraries are using technology to create new and better ways to manage their resources.

 

LILAC: The Information Literacy Conference
LILAC is an annual conference covering all aspects of information literacy and is a firm favourite in the calendar of information professionals. The conference is brimming with new ideas, innovative teaching techniques, inspiring speakers and exciting social events.

 

Makerspaces for Innovation & Research in Academics (MIRA)
The MIRA Conference seeks to bring together a group of makers, librarians, educators and practitioners for a day of presentations, workshops, discussions and networking.

 

Media Education Lab
The Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island advances digital and media literacy education through research and community service.

 

Medical Library Association (MLA)
The Medical Library Association is organized exclusively for scientific and educational purposes, and is dedicated to the support of health sciences research, education, and patient care.

 

Minnesota Digital Library (MDL)
The Minnesota Digital Library supports discovery and education through access to unique digital collections shared by cultural heritage organizations from across the state of Minnesota.

 

Modern Language Association (MLA)
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. 

 

NISO Plus
The NISO Plus conference is a continuation of the NFAIS Annual Conference. It's intended as a place where publishers, vendors, librarians, archivists, product managers, metadata specialists, electronic resource managers, and others come together to solve existing problems and more importantly have conversations that prevent future problems from ever occurring. 

 

North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG)
NASIG is an independent organization working to advance and transform the management of information resources. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate and improve the distribution, acquisition, and long-term accessibility of information resources in all formats and business models. 

 

Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference
Over the past fifteen years the Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference has come to serve an important role in the Pacific Northwest library community as a continuing education training and networking opportunity for practitioners. The purpose of the conference was to support regional librarians and paraprofessional staff in public, academic and special libraries who had ILL and/or Resource Sharing as a significant portion of their jobs.

 

OCLC Resource Sharing Conference
OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) is a nonprofit global library cooperative providing shared technology services, original research, and community programs. Through OCLC, member libraries produce and maintain WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections. 

 

OpenCon
At this event we'll celebrate and explore open education and open access with speakers, panels, and activities. Librarians, library staff, instructional designers, and faculty are all welcome to attend.

 

Open Education Conference
The Open Education Conference is an annual convening for sharing and learning about open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives.

 

Personal Digital Archiving
Archive-It is the leading web archiving solution for a wide range of organizations, including academic, federal, state or local libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions.

 

Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL)
Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) is a professional organization for technical services librarians in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, which meets annually in the fall of the year.

 

Radical Libraries, Archives, and Museums (RadLAM)
The Radical Libraries, Archives, and Museums space at the Allied Media Conference has been connecting and convening radical library, archive, museum, memory and culture workers since 2015.

 

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS)
A division of the American Library Association (ALA), RBMS strives to represent and promote the interests of librarians who work with rare books, manuscripts, and other types of special collections.

 

Southeastern Library Assessment Conference
The Southeastern Library Assessment Conference provides an opportunity for those interested in advancing the library assessment and user experience conversation to gather together to share and discuss practical ideas and information.

 

Special Libraries Association (SLA)
The SLA Annual Conference is the premier event for special librarians and information professionals who want to explore the latest challenges and trends in knowledge and information management, refine their skills, connect with colleagues, and meet with leading information product and service providers.

 

SCELCapaloza (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium)
Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) was established in 1986 to develop resource-sharing among the libraries of private academic institutions in Southern California.

 

Visual Resources Association (VRA)
The Visual Resources Association is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments.

 

Washington Library Association
The Washington Library Association is a leader for Washington libraries.

 

WikiConference North America
WikiConference North America is the annual conference of Wikimedia enthusiasts and volunteers from throughout North America, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

 

Zine Librarians unConferences (ZLuC)
The Zine Librarians unConference, a.k.a. ZLuC, is an inspirational, informative, and fun gathering of people who care deeply about zines, their preservation, and their ability to change lives for the better. The unconference is held at least once a year and the location varies.