March 28-30 hyatt regency crystal city
arlington, va

Library Leaders Summit

Registration OpenFuture-Proofing Libraries: Strategies & Practices

Assessing and communicating value continue to be challenging for all library leaders and decision makers. Traditional input and output performance measures no longer provide sufficient understanding, if they ever did, of how to determine and communicate the value of our libraries to the funding stakeholders in our communities, campuses, corporations, and governments. The Library Leaders Summit is an interactive, intimate experience for senior managers and leaders to discuss new options, including the use of outcome measures with colleagues and industry experts. During the sessions, directors and top managers are exposed to some exciting new projects to develop outcome measures that matter to decision makers.

Library Leaders Summit includes access to the two-day Summit on March 28-30 PLUS access to all three days of Computers in Libraries (March 29-30). See our registration form for details.

Hosted & Facilitated By

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones
Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates
Director of Services, Brampton Library

Produced in association with
 Dysart & Jones    SLA

Why You Should Attend

  • This 2-day summit is an intimate forum for library directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government, and special libraries to problem-solve, discuss, reflect and network with colleagues.
  • Featuring a blend of high-level presentations, expert panels and conversations with practiced thoughtleaders and roundtable, facilitated discussions, it's aim is for library leaders to stretch their thinking and leave with practical next steps.

Past Attendees by Job Title

  • Analyst
  • Associate Director of Public Services
  • Associate Director for Systems & Services
  • Associate Provost for Library Services
  • Branch Chief
  • Computer Specialist
  • Coordinator, Library Sustainability
  • Dean of Libraries
  • Deputy Director General
  • Digital Libraries Lead
  • Digital Services Librarian Director
  • Director of the Law Library, Professor of Law
  • Director, IRC
  • Director, Library & Archives
  • Director, Library Futures
  • Director, Research Library
  • Editor/Writer
  • Executive Director
  • Head Librarian
  • Head of Technology
  • Interim Dean
  • IT Portfolio Manager
  • Librarian
  • Librarian of Army
  • Library Director
  • Library Manager
  • Program Analyst
  • Program Manager
  • Publisher
  • Supervisory Librarian
  • University Librarian & Professor

sponsorship opportunities

Don’t miss a great opportunity to reach out to library directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government, and special libraries when you sponsor Library Leaders Summit. Sponsorships are limited, so contact us today!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Upping Our Game: Becoming Library Journal Library of the Year

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Gina J Millsap, Chief Executive Officer, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

This innovative and forward-thinking library CEO shares her secrets to becoming a role model for libraries around the world. She discusses how the roles of librarians and libraries are changing to be community leaders and change agents. Librarians are the new superheroes - developing new toolkits, skills, and relationships to facilitate positive change in their communities. We can change the world by working with our communities and helping make them better places to live, work, learn, and play. 

Coffee Break

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Library Leaders Summit: Future-Proofing Libraries: Strategies & Practices

Welcome & Introductions

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Rebecca Jones, Director, LLEAD Institute Partner Emeritus, Dysart & Jones Associates

The Future: Key Issues, Trends, & Actions

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Donna Scheeder, Consultant, Library Strategies International Past President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Our discussions begin with the big-picture global perspective, move to the local community view, and are followed by table interactive discussions.

Practitioners Panel: Strategies & Practices

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Gina J Millsap, Chief Executive Officer, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Mary Ann Mavrinac, Vice Provost, & Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean, University of Rochester Libraries, University of Rochester
Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries
Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director, Do Space

This panel of leaders shares how they are dealing with changes in the world as well as their strategies, practices, and plans for the future. Lots of time is set aside for audience interaction and discussion.

Industry Insights & Lunch with Summit Colleagues

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
John Burns, VP Sales, TLC - The Library Corporation

Summit sponsors share their insights of trends and practices as well as strategies for future proofing libraries.

Collections: A Key Asset

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Christina de Castell, Director, Collections & Technology, Vancouver Public Library
Jamie LaRue, Office for Intellectual Freedom, ALA, & Freedom to Read Foundation
James King, Branch Chief and Information Architect, NIH Library, National Institutes of Health

Collections are a critical asset of libraries and are in continually changing formats. Join the discussion around e-resources vs. print, multimedia, open access, intellectual property, self-publishing, repositories, curating, pricing and financing, and more. A longtime champion for ebooks in libraries, de Castell talks about the ebook journey and her visions for the future. She looks at what has been accomplished; what we’re seeing now; emphasizes the need to focus in the future, for instance, on self-published ebooks: balancing access and a healthy creative industry, and re-establishing our role as curators and trusted sources for recommendations. And, of course, easy technology.

Coffee with Summit Colleagues

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Human Resources

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dee Magnoni, Assistant Vice President for Information Services & Director, New Brunswick Libraries, Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers University President, SLA
Janice Lachance, Independent Consultant, Special Libraries Association Interim President & CEO, Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust
Corinne Hill, Library Director, Chattanooga Public Library Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year
Dr. Tod Colegrove, Dean of Albertsons Library, Boise State University Emeritus Professor, University of Nevada, Reno & Author, Selecting & Implementing Technologies in Libraries

This panel addresses another key asset of libraries— staff! It covers continuous learning, customer service, hiring skills, outsourcing processes, succession planning, and more. Make sure your future is sustainable with the right expertise for your community.

Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join us for tasty bites and drinks as we celebrate the grand opening of the 2017 Computers in Libraries Exhibition. Featuring leading-edge companies, the exhibition offers visitors a choice of products in all aspects of library technology, including web-based products and services, integrated library and information systems, online services, document delivery services, and more.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Upping Our Game

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Patricia Martin, CEO, Litlamp Communications & Author, Renaissance Generation: The Rise of the Cultural Consumer and What It Means to Your Business

In her research on the digital culture, author Patricia Martin defines the top priorities essential to a successful transformation for libraries looking to thrive in the 21st century. Surprising and sometimes seismic, she explores the shifts that are about to rock the culture and how libraries can emerge even stronger.

Library Leaders Summit

Coffee with Summit Colleagues

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Technology & the Future

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Leif Pedersen, CEO, BIOVIA

Our speaker shares his insights about the future and discusses the key areas for libraries to focus their attention. He also participates in an interactive discussion with the audience. Bring your tech concerns and discuss them with colleagues.

Prickly Topics

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rebecca Jones, Director, LLEAD Institute Partner Emeritus, Dysart & Jones Associates

This session looks at the elephants on the table and other prickly topics that we like to avoid facing, and therefore solving. Be ready to have an honest conversation and feel uncomfortable, but also to get some insights for addressing tough issues and decisions.

Lunch & Communications Roundtable

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Patricia Martin, CEO, Litlamp Communications & Author, Renaissance Generation: The Rise of the Cultural Consumer and What It Means to Your Business

Go one-on-one with morning keynote, Patricia Martin, CEO, Litlamp Communications.

Change Management

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Michael Peter Edson, Digital Cultural Strategist, Independent Consultant

Change is hard—how can we do it better? Learn from a long-time practitioner in the museum and tech industries who shares models, strategies and recommendations for creating dynamic organizations that can deal with, and master, change. Be inspired and take home solid ideas for moving your organization forward and engaging its community.

Coffee with Summit Colleagues

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Distinctive Positioning for the Future

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rebecca Jones, Director, LLEAD Institute Partner Emeritus, Dysart & Jones Associates
Jill Strand, Senior Manager, Library and Knowledge Information Systems, Fish & Richardson, P.C. Past President, SLA
Linda Hazzan, Director, Communications, Programming, & Customer Engagement, Toronto Public Library

This session looks at how libraries can distinguish themselves from other community activities and services, how they can partner with some of those other community groups and still keep their distinctiveness, and more. Think about where the learning commons ends and the library starts and how they interact; where the museum ends and the library starts; how public libraries can share programs with the zoo; how academic libraries can draw their non-academic communities in for support; and more.


4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday Evening Session

ReImagining Libraries: Open Ecosystems

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Moderator: Marshall Breeding, Independent Consultant, Library Technology Guides, USA Author
Erik Boekesteijn, Senior Advisor, National Library of the Netherlands Member, Storyhouse Board of Directors
Michael Winkler, Managing Director, OLE (Open Library Environment) Cornell University
Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Open Access, Boston University Libraries
Dr. Frank Cervone, Program Coordinator, Information Science and Data Analytics, San Jose State University
K. Jane Burpee, Director, Libraries and Learning Centres, Centennial College IFLA, Knowledge Management Standing Committee

To best support diverse challenges, the core technology infrastructure of libraries must be open and flexible. Libraries no longer tolerate closed systems unable to foster innovation. No system can be expected to function ideally for all types of libraries. Instead, the core systems must be open in ways that allow libraries to connect them with a diverse set of other applications, extract and work with the underlying data, or customize or develop new services. Open ecosystems have become an expected characteristic of modern technology. Google Apps enables companies and open source developers to offer apps which plug into Google’s offerings. Other examples include Salesforce, WordPress, or Drupal. Within the library sphere, the advent of the new genre of service platforms allows libraries to break away from legacy architectures to provide an open ecosystem of APIs for interoperability and extensibility. Libraries want to embrace open ecosystems to enable innovative new approaches to managing and providing access to collections, discovery, and services. Open environments can bring about radical change by harnessing the power of global participation, knowledge and talent. Libraries are opening and sharing access to collections and building more open and flexible spaces, but how can technology help us up our game and reimagine more open library ecosystems perhaps globally? Join us for thought-provoking conversations moderated by Marshall Breeding!

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