16 & 17 October 2018 · Olympia London

Celebrating innovative libraries and info pros

Call For Speakers
If you would like to be considered as a speaker, click here to submit your ideas.

Internet Librarian International – the library innovation conference – is 20 years old in 2018.

We are looking for speakers to help us celebrate the very best of library innovation from around the world.

Our speakers come from all sectors around the world. They come to share their real-world projects, initiatives and transformations. Mostly they do this by presenting a 15-minute case study and we match them with one or more other speakers to create a themed session (more details on topics below).

We also welcome alternative styles of presentation. Let us know if you have an idea for a panel session, or a mini-workshop. Would you be interested in sharing your experience with an informal group or one-to one?  Would you be interested in doing a lightning presentation? Or running a teachmeet? Perhaps you could present an interactive demonstration of a library innovation?  We really are open to your suggestions.

Do you have a great story to share? Or do you know someone who you think has something worth sharing with international colleagues?  We’d love to hear from you and welcome your ideas.

Find out more about conference topics below, or click here to send us your ideas.

The submissions deadline is 13 April 2018


  • The main conference is held over two days (16-17 October)
  • Each day has three themed tracks – delegates can move between tracks throughout the day
  • Our delegates come from 30+ countries
  • All sessions are presented in English
  • The conference starts with a day of pre-conference workshops (15 October)
  • Download the ILI infographic to find out more!


Some potential topics are listed below, but experience tells us that our speakers will always surprise us with their ideas and experiences.  Please do not be limited by this list.

There are 10 main conference topics:

  • Collections and content
  • Digital design
  • Exceeding expectations
  • Innovative ideas and design thinking
  • Marketing, audiences, broadcasting
  • New learning, the digital scholar
  • Search strategies
  • Tech and tools
  • Turnaround techniques
  • Users, UX

ILI conference sessions will explore these ten areas in more depth, focusing on topics such as these:

  • Assessing quality
  • Augmented reality
  • Connected learning and new tech
  • Content and collections
  • Cyber security
  • Data management
  • Datafied scholarship
  • Design thinking
  • Digital citizens
  • Digital innovation
  • Exceeding expectations
  • Flexible professional
  • Gaming
  • Global visions, local solutions
  • Innovations in discovery
  • Innovative strategies
  • Inside-out libraries
  • Marketing
  • Playful learning
  • Scholarly communications
  • Search – next steps
  • Space planning
  • Tech/people interface
  • Tools and technology
  • Usage
  • User experiences
  • Virtual reality

Click here to submit your proposal.