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
- 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.