Learning Formats

LibLearnX is education for library professionals, by library professionals.

LibLearnX is designed to be an active learning experience. You will take part in experiential learning "learning by doing" in hands-on workshops, bite-sized presentations, deep dives with engaging discussions, and more. And you can create a schedule of sessions to match your learning style and objectives.

See a list of the diverse primary content areas and learning formats below.

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Led by an expert facilitator, these sessions will expose you to out-of-the-box ideas that challenge traditional thinking and concepts and will empower you to accelerate your ideas. See Accelerator Sessions.

Sessions are approximately 2 hours in length.

Ideas Xchange

Discover innovative ideas about the topics that matter most to the library community. Creative projects will be shared in peer-to-peer conversations through photo images, videos, or engaging conversations in a social and informal learning space in the LLX Marketplace. See Ideas Xchange sessions.

Sessions are approximately 30 minutes in length.


Pick up practical knowledge and tips – and learn about hot topics and trends at these “bite-sized” presentations that focus on a specific idea, project, or workflow. See ShopTalk sessions.

Sessions are approximately 15–20 minutes in length.

Learning Labs

Delve into current issues and topics of interest with action-based instruction and collaborative learning. With a focus on specific methods, approaches, and opportunities, you’ll leave with immediately actionable insights to take back to your library. Sessions are approximately 60 minutes in length. See Learning Lab sessions.

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Primary Content Areas


A Key Action Area for the ALA, advocacy includes sessions on intellectual freedom, digital equity, organizing, legislative advocacy, and privacy.

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Books and Authors

These sessions feature a diversity of authors, both within and beyond the library world, and highlight recent or upcoming publications.

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Career Development and Leadership

This content area includes sessions on professional and leadership development, recruiting and hiring, career support, and strategic planning.

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Community Outreach and Engagement

These sessions focus on building and sustaining partnerships, outreach and access, community-driven approaches, sustainability, and disaster response.

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility

This content area includes sessions that center equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility and social justice – in collections, library programs and services, staff and community engagement and more.

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Library Programs and Services

This expansive content area includes sessions on virtual and in-person programs, collections, archives, library instruction, and literacy – news, information, financial – among other topics.

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Mental Health

Sessions in this content area include the mental health benefits of games and comics, creating trauma-informed libraries, and considerations for staff support and outreach.

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Readers' Advisory

This content area focuses on the service of recommending and connecting users with materials, including sessions on the use of strategic planning, technology, and graphic novels and manga in readers’ advisory.

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Technology Innovation

These sessions highlight ways in which libraries are transforming tools, practices and services through new technologies, such as gamification, online learning objects, and virtual and augmented reality.

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See what our past attendees have said about LibLearnX education sessions ...

I enjoyed participating in breakout rooms during sessions and had some great conversations. It is reassuring to see other librarians asking the same questions and talking about the same issues at other institutions.

LibLearnX gave me dedicated time to focus on skills that I can learn from peers and experts to enhance my ability at work.  

LibLearnX is a must-attend learning experience designed for library professionals from all library types and at all career levels.