On October 19, 2016, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and thousands of library professionals from around the world gathered for the eighth annual Digital Shift virtual conference to focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries and their communities.

As technology evolves, so do the needs of communities, and more than ever, libraries are uniquely positioned to provide services to lead their communities and beyond. The “digital shift” continues to press libraries forward as it allows and compels them to create and improve library service through the smart and coherent application of technology to mission.

A Sphero SPRK+ was presented to five attendees randomly throughout the day on October 19, 2016

Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding, SPRK+ is far more than just a robot. Powered by the Lightning Lab app, you can easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and share your creations with the community. Learning is evolving. Get on the ball.

Keynote Speakers

Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr writes about technology and culture. His new book, Utopia Is Creepy (W. W. Norton, 2016), collects his best essays, blog posts, and other writings from the past dozen years, providing an alternative history of our tech-besotted time. In 2014, Carr published the acclaimed book The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us, which examined the personal and social consequences of our ever growing dependency on computers, robots, and apps. His previous work, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times bestseller. Carr regularly blogs at http://www.roughtype.com/ and tweets @roughtype. Photo credit: Scott Keneally

Manoush Zomorodi

Manoush Zomorodi, Host of WNYC’s Note to Self, the tech show about being human, and author of Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out (St. Martin’s, 2017). She has won numerous awards for her work including four from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host. Prior to New York Public Radio, Manoush reported and produced around the world for BBC News and Thomson Reuters.

View the archive to explore emerging technologies, exciting service models, innovative programming, new ways of sparking learning and engagement, and the evolving publishing ecosystem. Four high-content learning tracks for and from libraries of all types—school, academic, and public—are offered in key areas.

4 Content Tracks

Libraries in the Life Cycle
Hyperlocal to Global
Fast Learning Presentations
Poster Sessions: Best Practices from the Field, Curated by Sponsor Partners

View ArchiveThe 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.