Library Leaders Summit

Strategic Thinking → Action in an Uncertain & Challenging World

Amid complex technology and workplace challenges, library leaders are responsible for guiding their organizations to a successful sustainable future. Yet the environment enroute to the future is emerging, shifting and uncertain. When do those leaders have time to carefully consider what’s emerging and the library’s multifaceted issues and opportunities? The answer: March 29-30, 2022 at The Library Leaders Summit.

This Summit is specifically designed for senior leadership to discern and discuss strategy and tactics with industry leaders and colleagues. Blending presentations, expert panels and facilitated conversations with practiced thought-leaders and roundtable discussions, the Summit invites library leaders to stretch their thinking, generate insights and draft practical actions. If you are a library senior manager, director, CEO, Dean or CIO in an academic, public, government, corporate or non-profit environment join the Summit to problem-solve, discuss, reflect, refresh and network with colleagues.

The two-day intimate Library Leaders Summit includes access to the keynotes, conference sessions, lunches, and morning and afternoon coffee on March 29 - 30, 2022. As an added bonus, attendees also get access to all three days of the Computers in Libraries conference and exhibition (March 29 - 31).

The Summit is hosted and facilitated by Rebecca Jones, Director of LLEAD Institute & Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates and M.J. D’Elia, Associate Chief Librarian, University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring the Library Leaders Summit? See our Invitation to Sponsor for details and how to book!

Tuesday, Mar 29

Library Leaders Summit


Keynote. Libraries, Climate & the Crowd: A New Concept of Digitality

08:45 AM2022-03-292022-03-29

Tuesday, March 29: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

How should your library respond to the climate emergency and natural disasters? Where does librarianship end and citizenship begin? And what digital tools and mindsets can libraries use to help create a society that is joyous, sustainable, and just? In this provocative and inspiring keynote, digital pioneer and former Smithsonian tech leader Edson argues that the library sector is operating with an outdated concept of digitality that is unable to answer today’s most important questions about technology, society, and change. An updated concept of what “digital” means in the 2020s — new tools, new skills, and a new understanding of the digital public sphere — can provide a new direction for digital librarianship and unlock new capabilities within the sector and in the communities we serve. Be challenged by this popular speaker with new ideas to be even more innovative, creative, and community focused in your organization and environment!


, Digital Strategist, Writer, Independent Consultant


Welcome to the Summit & Introductions

10:15 AM2022-03-292022-03-29

Tuesday, March 29: 10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


, Managing Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates


One-on-One With the Keynote Speaker

10:30 AM2022-03-292022-03-29

Tuesday, March 29: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Library Leader Summit attendees will join the main Computers in Libraries conference at 8:45 a.m. this morning. Following the keynote, Summit attendees get an exclusive deep dive into the morning keynote topic with our speaker.


Powerful Thinking With Powerful Questions

11:00 AM2022-03-292022-03-29

Tuesday, March 29: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

As leaders, we’re expected to make decisions and help people craft solutions. Yet in the current context of exponential change and uncertainty, the decisions can’t always be based on past experiences. With learning and curiosity as today’s core competencies, questions are critical tools. Asking powerful questions prompts us to reframe situations and connect what may seem to be unrelated concepts into the appropriate solution. We begin the Summit by practicing how to question assumptions with powerful questions that lead to powerful thinking, strategies, and actions.


, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries

, Managing Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates


Lunch & Discussion: Key Issues, Trends, & Actions

12:30 PM2022-03-292022-03-29

Tuesday, March 29: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Candid conversations with Summit Sponsors over lunch.


Content: What Questions Should We Be Asking?

01:30 PM2022-03-292022-03-29

Tuesday, March 29: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

There is a deep, interdependent relationship between library staff, services, and resources. The continually changing format, and nature of these resources is challenging us on many fronts, including how we refer to them: Are they collections? Content? Information objects? Curated materials? We consider the factors, realities, and developments of digital, print, multimedia, open access, intellectual property, self-publishing, repositories, curating, pricing and financing, and ownership. Then we take a well-deserved break.


, Director, St. Mary's County Library & Chair, CORE Ebooks Interest Group, American Library Association

, Associate University Librarian, University of Rochester

, Chief, Library and Public Information Center, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

, Senior Partnership Development Lead, BiblioCommons


People & Talent Management

03:00 PM2022-03-292022-03-29

Tuesday, March 29: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

With more than 65% of most library and information department budgets invested in people, libraries truly are people organizations. This discussion addresses the issues confronting library staffing, the roles and competencies required, and the incredible opportunities for talent management. What is the right balance of competency, capacity, and capabilities for today and the near future?


, Associate Chief Librarian, Engagement & Access, University of British Columbia - Okanagan

, Organizational Development Librarian, University of Manitoba, & IFLA Management & Marketing Standing Committee

, Executive Director, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District


Conference Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall

04:00 PM2022-03-292022-03-29

Tuesday, March 29: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar 30

Library Leaders Summit


Keynote. Coming Soon

08:45 AM2022-03-302022-03-30

Wednesday, March 30: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Session description coming soon.


Technology & the Future

10:15 AM2022-03-302022-03-30

Wednesday, March 30: 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Public policies and service organizations—such as libraries in communities, campuses, and corporations—can help make digital capabilities and AI more equitable and ethical for all. We talk with our speaker about discoveries regarding digital divide realities, implications, and solutions in cities, towns, and counties across the U.S.


What Strategies & Trends Are We Missing?

11:15 AM2022-03-302022-03-30

Wednesday, March 30: 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The word for 2020–2021 was “pivot”; and, yes, most libraries and organizations did pivot. But what can we learn from this? To a great extent, the library sector did not have the digital strategies that had been discussed for years prior to the pandemic. What trends and low signals should we be watching, and what strategies should we have in place for next time? Because there will be a next time, and we may not be able to pivot. Let’s take a hard look and consider some hard questions. 


, Futurist, Senior Scholar, Georgetown University & Author, Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education

, Trends Expert & Senior Product Manager, Instacart

, Chief Executive Officer, Fraser Valley Regional Library


Lunch & One-on-One With the Keynote Speaker

12:30 PM2022-03-302022-03-30

Wednesday, March 30: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Summit attendees get an exclusive deep dive into the morning keynote topic with our speaker over lunch.


Distinctive Positioning: Define Your Hedgehog

01:30 PM2022-03-302022-03-30

Wednesday, March 30: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Jim Collins popularized the Hedgehog Concept in his 2001 book Good to Great. Collins' research showed that those organizations which, like the hedgehog, focus on what they do best are much more likely to sustain their success. Applying this concept can fundamentally reframe an organization’s strategies and operational priorities, especially for service organizations—like libraries—trying to please many stakeholders. D'Elia and Jones facilitate your application of the concept and the ways to incorporate it into leadership and planning deliberations after the Summit.


, Associate Chief Librarian, Engagement & Access, University of British Columbia - Okanagan

, Managing Partner, Dysart & Jones Associates


Change: The Certainty in an Uncertain World

03:30 PM2022-03-302022-03-30

Wednesday, March 30: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Change is a constant, and a process we continually learn and enhance. Learn from and with a passionate practitioner in the museum and tech industries who shares models, strategies, and recommendations for creating dynamic organizations that can deal with, and master, change. Incorporate Edson's experiences and the insights you’ve gained throughout the Summit into steps for moving your organization forward with flexibility and resiliency. 


, Digital Strategist, Writer, Independent Consultant


Next Steps: Recouping Your Investment

04:30 PM2022-03-302022-03-30

Wednesday, March 30: 4:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Take the last 15 minutes to document your three key outcomes and next steps to ensure you recoup your Summit investment.

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