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Past, Present, and Future of Libraries Conference

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pmSaturday, September 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

2018-05-14-american-philosophical-society-library-140x105American Philosophical Society Library

In commemoration of the American Philosophical Society’s (APS) 275th anniversary, the APS Library—along with the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—is hosting an interdisciplinary and international conference that explores the history of libraries, the present opportunities for libraries (especially independent research libraries and those with special collections), and the potential future for libraries as they continue to evolve in the 21st century.

The Past, Present, and Future of Libraries” will take place Thursday–Saturday, September 27–29, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Registration for the conference is free and open to all. The conference organizers have extended the deadline for paper proposals to Tuesday, May 22, at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time.

The conference will begin with a keynote discussion focused on the future of libraries hosted by Sarah Thomas (vice president for the Harvard Library and university librarian and the Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and including Mary Lee Kennedy (executive director, Association of Research Libraries), Khalil Gibran Muhammad (professor of history, race, and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies), and Michael Witmore (director, Folger Shakespeare Library).


Register for this free conference on the American Philosophical Society website.


Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm