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Another Fabulous Year!


Scroll down to read the survey results and event report for The Collective 2018, our largest and most diverse event yet!


2018 Summary

We're international, baby.


While each and every event has been a cross-section of librarians from many different institutions and departments, each year The Collective has expanded its geographic reach. In 2018, we welcomed our first participants from Australia and Africa and expanded our spread across the United States, Canada, & Europe.

Unlike many conferences, we do not serve one single niche or type of librarian. We organize our events around a general theme that invites collaboration, cross-pollination, and interdisciplinary thinking for librarians, archivists, and library staff from academic libraries.


2018 Participants by the Numbers:


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TOTAL Attendees



You really need to experience it to see just how uncommon our gathering is, but these snapshots will give a tiny taste of what happens at The Collective.

"Instruction Mixtape" Session Snapshot

Participants in this session used design thinking methods to create an active learning session. Also, there was 90s R&B as a soundtrack!

Lisa Campbell, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, University of Florida, and Samuel Putnam, Assistant University Librarian, University of Florida, led this session.


"Collabor(d)ating" Session Snapshot

What happens when two librarians and a professor start chatting about interdisciplinary collaboration at the Collective 2016? The development of a grassroots, faculty-led, campus-wide, year-long, networking and information sharing extravaganza, that’s what, called "Collabor(d)ating."

This session was led by Chapel Cowden, Health & Science Librarian; Jenny Holcombe, Assistant Professor; Emily Thompson, Interim Director, Studio, all of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"Sticky Prototyping" Session Snapshot

In this workshop, participants built and tested prototypes for specific library-related ideas. Participants gained confidence and the ability to apply prototyping to their library’s problems.

This session was led by: Brian Merry, Head of Operations and User Services; Kristin Meyer, User Experience Librarian; and Samantha Minnis, Evening Operations and User Services Manager, all of Grand Valley State University.

Wanna gauge the quality of our past programs?

You don't have to take our word for it! We publish uncensored participant survey responses each year.


Read the official 2018 Event Report. In the meanwhile, read the 2018 Participant Survey Results.

Read the official 2017 Event Report or the 2017 Participant Survey Results.

Read the official 2016 Event Report or the 2016 Participant Survey Results.

Read the official 2015 Event Report or the 2015 Participant Survey Results


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