Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference

Conferences and workshops on how libraries and librarians support entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses


Next ELC event:

2023 pitch competition funded by ALA–Libraries Build Business and EBSCO

Pitch Perfect: A Workshop for Librarians (Feb. 16, 3-4:14pm Eastern, free, Zoom)

Free registration

Would your library benefit from some tips for engaging with community partners? Join the Entrepreneurship & Libraries Conference (ELC) on Feb. 16, 2023 from 3-4:15pm Eastern for an exciting opportunity to learn practical skills on creating a compelling pitch designed to generate engagement, excitement, and maybe even funding! From content to delivery, this workshop focuses on what it takes to design an award-winning project pitch. Get expert advice from Jenn Hensel, Pitch Coach for ElePitch, as well as winners from the past ELC pitch competitions. Workshop tools will give you the competitive edge, as you prepare your own pitch, and optionally, compete for $10,000 in prizes in our upcoming pitch event (via Zoom on May 4, 3-5pm Eastern), sponsored by ALA Libraries Build Business and EBSCO. The workshop will conclude with a networking discussion.


Videos & slides now available!

November 2022: ELC International

The goal of this mini-conference was “librarians who support entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship around the world connecting, sharing, and learning with each other.” The planning group included librarians from Iran, India, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil, Nigeria, Tanzania, Canada, and the U.S., and the speakers were from many countries.

Review of ELC International 2022 in Information Today.


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About the ELC

The ELC offers free online conferences and workshops on how libraries and librarians support entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. ELC leadership includes a diverse mix of public, special, and academic librarians and partners, from several countries. The ELC is for and by information professionals who support and believe in the power of inquiry and information to transform lives and support entrepreneurial endeavors.

While the ELC leadership is international, the ELC is officially hosted by BLINC, the business librarianship section of NCLA. Since its founding in 2003, BLINC has been a community of public, academic, and special librarians who value networking, supporting each other, and offering frequent and free workshops.

More about the ELC

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