Chris Schommer

LibTech Conference 2020 is Canceled

To all LibTech 2020 participants,

After thoughtful consultation with partners on and off campus, the LibTech 2020 leadership team has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s conference. We did not come by this decision easily. We really wanted the conference to happen and be a success. However, given the many very reasonable concerns individuals and institutions are having about the COVID-19 virus, we feel it is in the best interest of everyone that we do not hold the conference. It is very important to us that everyone does their best to stay healthy and safe for the sake of themselves and others. We hope our decision will allow you time to amend your plans accordingly. 

Macalester College will proactively reimburse conference registration fees for all participants. The details of the reimbursement process are being worked out, and we will update all of you within the week. You are responsible for cancelling your hotel and airfare or other travel arrangements. Scholarship recipients and keynotes, your hotel reservations have already been cancelled. If you would like to retain your Sheraton booking at the Sheraton, please contact Lynn Williams directly at 612-821-7604.

The Library Carpentry pre-conference has also been cancelled. We expect to provide full refunds for the pre-conference, but will follow-up with more details as soon as possible.

We do not know yet if we will be able to offer any alternative options, such as a virtual conference, in the future. This will be discussed at a later date and we may contact you to find out your interest.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Thank you.

Aaron Albertson, Beth Hillemann, & Jacki Betsworth

April 2020