At the end of each year, the Rural Library E-Summit brings together more than 500 rural library practitioners and friends from across rural America to celebrate their role in building strong communities. At the E-Summit, practitioners learn more about using cradle-to-career strategies to address educational and health disparities as well as having the chance to access resources needed to do this work. During the E-Summit, more than $10,000 in incentives will be shared and networking opportunities will abound!

Registration for the event will open in September.

If you are interested in presenting at the E-Summit, please see the information below.

Call For Proposals

The Rural Library Network seeks proposals for active and engaging sessions to be presented during the 2023 E-Summit. Sessions can involve up to four speakers for presentations, roundtable discussions, panels, or workshops. Presentation slots will be determined by Summit organizers and will be a maximum of 75 minutes (including Q&A).

This year’s theme is “Making Space to Tell Your Story”

To Be Considered:

  1. Proposals must be submitted using the submission form above.
  2. Each proposal must be related to one of the following specific tracks: Education & Capacity Building (Cradle to Career), Advocacy & Public Policy, Equity/Diversity/Inclusion, Health & Wellbeing, and Youth Services. Please indicate whether the proposal is for a panel presentation or workshop. The proposal cannot include both.
  3. Each proposal should also reference one or more of the following populations and/or issues: Rural Communities, Adolescents & Young Adults, Rural Library Advancing Cradle to Career Education Outcomes, Equity, Mental Health & Libraries, Family or Community Engagement, Differently Abled Communities, Advocacy & Policy, and Indigenous & Tribal Communities

Questions? Contact Regina Washington at [email protected].

2022 E-Summit

The 2022 E-Summit was a two-half-day event that took place virtually December 7-8. Participants networked and attended both keynote and breakout presentations.

2021 E-Summit Highlights

Check out this playlist from all the sessions during the 2021 Summit.

2020 E-Summit Highlights

If you missed the breakout sessions during the Rural Library Summit, you can now view each session below:

Learn more about the Rural Library Network and join today by clicking here.