2020 Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference

A conference on how libraries and librarians support entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses

Nov. 11-13, 2020 in Durham, NC

The 2020 ELC will take place in the brand-new main library (opening in spring 2020) in downtown Durham, which features a thriving entrepreneurship scene. Durham was once known as the “Black Wall Street,” an earlier entrepreneurial scene.

Details on submissions and registrations to come by early 2020.

Conference Tracks:

  • Community Engagement, Economic Development, & Outreach
  • Instruction & Programming
  • Resources & Spaces 
  • Entrepreneurship “Outside the Box”

This conference is intended for:

  • Public, academic, and special librarians
  • Librarians supporting community engagement, nonprofits, small business, and public services in general
  • Entrepreneurship ecosystem partners


  • An emphasis on networking and socializing
  • A rooftop terrace opening reception and party on Nov. 11 (indoors if rain)
  • A librarian pitch competition funded by Ebsco
  • Food trucks and happy hours at downtown breweries (hopefully vendor-funded)
  • Outside speakers who are experts in supporting entrepreneurship ecosystems and education

Types of Concurrent Programming:

  • Panels & presentations (50 minutes)
  • Lightning rounds (7 minutes each; 5 total + Q/A in each 50 minute slot)
  • Experiential instruction/programming exercises (25 minutes each; 2 each within 50 minute slots)
  • Discussion circles (50 minutes)
  • Poster session

The conference planning team includes public, academic, and special librarians from across the United States and Canada.

Conference at a Glance

An idea of how you can expect each day of the conference to go. More details coming soon!

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For more information about the ELC, please contact one of the co-chairs: