April 17-19 hyatt regency crystal city
arlington, va

Library Leaders Summit

Future-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 April 17-18 PLUS access to all three days of Computers in Libraries (April 17-19).

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, April 17, 2018

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Continental Breakfast

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

Innovation & Education: Central Role of Libraries in Our Digital Communities

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Rick Huijbregts, Global Lead, Smart Cities, Stantec

Our speaker, an architect by training, has been working over the last number of years to make communities and organizations smarter. He shares some strategies and examples on how libraries can take center stage at their community’s “smart cities” journey, as well as support their own digital transformation.

Coffee Break

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

Library Leaders Summit

Welcome & Introductions

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

One-on-One With Keynote Rick Huijbregts

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Rick Huijbregts, Global Lead, Smart Cities, Stantec

Practitioners Panel: Strategies & Practices

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library
Jim Mullins, Dean of Libraries Emeritus, Purdue University
Liz White, Head, Strategy Development, The British Library
Cindy Hill, Research Library Manager, Research Library, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

This panel of leaders shares how they are dealing with changes in the world: their strategies, practices and plans for the future. There is lots of time for audience interaction and discussion.

LUNCH with Summit Colleagues & Sponsors: Key Issues, Trends, & Actions

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Donna Scheeder, Consultant, Library Strategies International Past President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Beverly Sutherland, President & CEO, EdTechnologyFunds, Inc.
Zena Applebaum, Director, Professional Firm & CorporateSegments, Thomson Reuters Canada SLA, Council of Competitive Intelligence Professionals

New Rule: Content Portfolio Replaces Collections

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Gwendolyn Reece, Associate Librarian, American University
John Richardson, Director - North America, Solus UK Ltd.
Laura Soto-Barra, RAD Chief - Research, Archives & Data Strategy, NPR RAD, NPR

Collections have been a critical asset of libraries. But clients, students, faculty and users don’t need a collection now; they need a carefully curated portfolio of content in the formats most effective for their unique requirements. Join the discussion around e-resources vs. print, multimedia, open access, intellectual property, self-publishing, repositories, curating, pricing and financing, and changing mindsets from building a collection to sourcing and curating a healthy portfolio.


Coffee with Summit Colleagues

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

Human Resources

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Janice Lachance, Independent Consultant, Special Libraries Association Interim President & CEO, Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust
Pilar Martinez, Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Public Library

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 2018 Computers in Libraries Exhibition. Featuring leading-edge companies, the exhibition offers visitors a choice of products in all aspects of library technology, including webbased products and services, integrated library and information systems, online services, document delivery services, and more.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Continental Breakfast

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

Digital Transformation & Libraries: Participatory Culture Hubs

8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Brendan Howley, Co-Founder, Icebox Logic
Daniel Lee, Director, Enterprise Information Solutions, ARC Business Solutions Inc.

Positioning today’s libraries as community crossroads for prosperity is a nascent area for digital transformation. Few public resources are as “switched on” to the heartbeat of a community and its economic development than the library— and users don’t just want information, they want actionable intelligence. Our speakers share the insights gleaned from working with more than 30 library systems while experimenting with a library-friendly, purpose-built methodology to deepen the relationships between libraries and the communities they serve by designing and telling more impactful stories which help shape community dialog and library advocacy. Get ideas and insights to use in your library community!

Coffee Break - Exhibit Hall Opens

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

Library Leaders Summit

Technology & the Future

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

The panel shares their insights about the future and discusses the key areas libraries should be focusing on. The session includes an interactive discussion with the audience. Bring your tech concerns and discuss them with colleagues and experts.

Prickly Topics

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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 get some insights for addressing tough issues and decisions.

Lunch & One-on-One With Morning Keynote

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jeanne Holm, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Deputy CIO at City of Los Angeles, Information Technology Agency, City of Los Angeles UCLA, Open Data Collaboratives, International Academy of Astronautics

Change Management

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Michael Peter Edson, Digital Cultural Strategist, Independent Consultant
Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries

Change is hard—how can we do it better? Learn from longtime practitioners in museums and libraries as well as the tech industries as they share 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.

This session looks at how libraries can distinguish themselves from other communities, 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

Facts in the Digital Age: Coping in an Era of Total Noise!

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Lee Rainie, Director, Internet and Technology Research, Pew Research Center Author of the book "Networked: The New Social Operating System"
Speaker TBD, The Washington Post, member of Santa Clara University’s Trust Project
Peter Raymond, CEO/Founder, SolveOS

Over the years, Pew Research has consistently indicated that Americans trust libraries and librarians. In today’s digital environment, high-quality journalism can be difficult to distinguish from promotional content or even fakery. Santa Clara University’s Trust Project explores how journalism can stand out from the chaotic crowd and signal its trustworthiness. The project crafts tangible digital strategies to fulfill journalism’s basic pledge: to serve society with a truthful, intelligent and comprehensive account of ideas and events. New technology, particularly artificial intelligence, is also making it difficult to determine facts and cope in this era of total noise. Our speakers address these areas and definitely give you lots to think about and address!

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