With a nod to Tractinsky, Katz, & Ikar, our 2017 theme is: Make it Beautiful, Make it Usable.

From designing library instruction to renovating spaces to creating elegant discovery platforms, aesthetics and utility are at the core of the work we do in libraries and as librarians, archivists, and information specialists. How might we seek more beauty and usability in our exhibitions, projects, programming, services, collections, and instruction? 

We invite you to present a perspective of your own on this theme by proposing highly interactive sessions that may consist of hands-on workshops, conversations, small group activities, or other innovative and takeaway-driven formats. We also welcome ideas for our IdeaLibrary (book, game, and inspiration library) & TinkerLab (mobile makerspace and demo area).

2017 Key Dates & Timeline

JuLy 5 - August 25-  Session Picker Open

September 2 - Invitations to Round Two

September 19 - Round Two Proposals Due

September - October - Peer Review

November 7 - Program Announced & REGISTRATION OPEN

How do we program The Collective?

We invite library practitioners to propose sessions to see at The Collective and, just as importantly, to participate in our transparent decision-making process using our Session Picker during the Summer/Fall before the gathering. After the public process closes, proposals undergo a double-blind peer review, followed by a third and final review by the Programming Committee.

Past Themes & Programs

2016 Theme: Adopt, Adapt, Evolve: Reinvigorating & Rejuvenating Our Libraries

Increasingly libraries are hubs where new technologies and ideas are incubated and incorporated into common practice. We adopt new tech, adapt new tools for use by our organizations and our patrons, and are constantly evolving to better serve users and become more empowered keepers of our cultural records. From eBooks to social media, 3-D printing to big data, libraries evolve through adopting the new and adapting both new and old tools for innovative and creative uses.

2015 Theme: Libraries as Curators & Creators

The role of libraries, archives, and librarians is rapidly changing, especially as our spaces come to incorporate 3-D printers, in-house digital collections, and makerspaces. As we create and curate collections, experiences, and spaces for our users, what are some of the challenges and opportunities that we might encounter? What are the necessary skills for 21st century librarians who find themselves in the role of curator and/or creator? Join us as we explore this theme while learning, creating, and collaborating together!