Innovator BasecampSLJ’s Innovator Basecamp

School Library Journal is pleased to present a new, full-day intensive learning experience: The Innovator Basecamp: Leading from the Library. Building on the decade-long success of the annual SLJ Leadership Summit, this program is designed to help foster a new generation of school library leaders. Learn how to enhance your skills to effectively innovate in the real world and shape yourself as the future leader that our school libraries need. Join a hands-on guided expedition to taking those first steps in a new setting or making that leap into leadership.

Boston, MA
May 20, 2017


Leadership Summit

2017_SLJ_Summit_logo_NO_YEAR_350pxSchool Library Journal’s annual Leadership Summit brings together a dynamic group of school librarians, education leaders, and tech innovators, as well as authors, publishers, and vendor stakeholders. This influential assembly—along with an array of presenters—convenes to tackle the most pressing challenges and the greatest opportunities facing schools and school libraries. Attendees will gain insight into the evolving and critical role of librarians to take back to their own schools, and take advantage of vast informal learning from peer leaders from across the country. The event includes plenty of time for reflection, collaboration, and networking with colleagues.

Nashville, TN
October 7–8, 2017

Washington, DC, 2016 | Seattle, 2015



Day of Dialog

SLJ_DOD_Logo_200pxSchool Library Journal’s most anticipated librarian-only gathering of the year. Attendees are informed, inspired, and entertained by the best authors, editors, and publishers in the industry and spend the day discussing the latest trends and inside scoops on the hottest books in the world of children’s and young adult literature.

New York, NY – May 31, 2017
Sold Out: Please sign up for the waitlist to ensure you are informed if more tickets become available.

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Chicago, 2016 | New York, 2015 | New York, 2014



The Digital Shift

The Digital ShiftPresented annually by Library Journal, and School Library Journal, this dynamic, day-long virtual conference brings thousands of library professionals from around the globe to focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities. Each year, a roster of expert speakers and panelists present innovative ideas and tools for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public, bringing a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

The Digital Shift is a complimentary virtual conference: no traveling costs, no accommodation costs, no attendance fees. ALL CONTENT. It’s a must for anyone who has a role in their public, academic, or school library setting.

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012



Maker Workshop

Create a Maker Program Ready to Implement in Your School or Library

makerworkshop_teen-01-300x294School Library Journal‘s newest installment of Maker Workshop will feature all new, up-to-the-minute content to help you develop a rich maker program for your school or library. Join us to learn new ways of sparking engagement and hands-on learning. During this 4-week online course you’ll hear directly from expert keynote speakers doing inspiring work that you can emulate, regardless of your library’s size or budget.

Course sessions will explore culturally relevant making and how to access your community’s needs, STEAM, mobile maker spaces, multi-media, 3-D printing and more!

This time, we’ll feature special sessions within the overall Maker Workshop program devoted to teen programming ideas and education. Teen librarians will also have the opportunity to work within peer groups led by leading teen librarians.

January, 2017 | March, 2016 | September, 2015 | July, 2015



Public Library Think Tank

Public Library Think TankThe 2017 Public Library Think Tank, presented by Library Journal and School Library Journal will focus on what “literacy” means today, from reading readiness to digital and news literacy and how libraries take leadership on fostering lifelong literacy and learning. This two-day event will bring together public library leaders and directors, children’s services librarians, and young adult librarians, along with other leading thinkers on literacy today. Together, participants will learn about innovative programs and services from a series of insightful presentations and collaborative sessions. Attendees will leave with practical strategies that can be immediately applied to make a lasting impact.

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SLJTeen Live! (formerly SummerTeen)

SLJTeenLive170pxLearn about the biggest upcoming YA books and get expert advice on building successful teen programs. This full day of free online programming tackles important issues impacting your teen collection and programming. Hear directly from authors about their current and forthcoming titles in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience. Panels will focus on important teen issues and trends. Plus, explore our virtual exhibit hall and hear directly from publishers about their newest books you’ll want for your collection this year, and enjoy live chats with featured authors.

2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012