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.

Probable topics covered:

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Minority, women, and immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Economic development
  • Outreach, engagement, and community and campus partnerships
  • Instruction and programming
  • Resources and spaces

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

Likely features:

  • An emphasis on networking and socializing
  • A rooftop terrace opening reception and party on Nov. 11 (indoors if rain)
  • A variety of programming types (not just keynotes and panels)
  • A public library pitch competition funded by Ebsco
  • Food trucks and happy hours at downtown breweries (hopefully vendor-funded)
  • Some outside speakers who are experts in supporting entrepreneurship ecosystems and education
  • A Wednesday afternoon pre-conference in a computer lab on research skills

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

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