Library Leaders Summit

Adaptive Leadership

Amid complex technology and workplace challenges, library leaders are responsible for guiding their organizations to a successful and sustainable future. Yet the environment en route to the future is still 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 12–13, 2024, 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 nonprofit environment, join the Summit to problem-solve, discuss, reflect, refresh, and network with colleagues.

The 2-day intimate Library Leaders Summit includes access to the shared Computers in Libraries keynotes with an exclusive debrief for Summit attendees only, conference sessions, lunches, and morning and afternoon coffee on March 12–13. As an added bonus, attendees also get access to all 3 days of the Computers in Libraries conference and exhibition (March 12–14).

Join our experienced host and facilitator to explore how adaptive leadership principles can transform your library’s future, fostering resilience, sustainability, and positive community impact. Get a fresh perspective on leadership that goes beyond preservation and paves the way for growth and renewal. Just as AI learns and adapts, so must our library leaders. Learn from our thought leaders and practitioners in this intimate and interactive program for library leaders and those who want to move into a leadership role.

Hosted by: Jan Holmquist, Global Librarian, Library & Leadership Consultant, Holmquist Consult

Facilitated by: Rebecca Jones, Director of LLEAD Institute, & Partner Emeritus, Dysart & Jones

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Library Leaders Summit is an intimate forum where you can be among the featured industry-leading companies presented to our attendees, who include directors, CEOs, and CIOs of academic, public, government, and special libraries. The Summit offers the perfect opportunity to meet qualified buyers in a targeted environment, create new relationships, and increase brand awareness. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to reach the library leaders of today! Find out more.


Tuesday, Mar 12

Track LLS: Library Leaders Summit

Located in Potomac 2

Keynote - Our Next Reality: AI-Powered Metaverse?

08:45 AM2024-03-122024-03-12

Tuesday, March 12: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Located in Regency E

During the last 100 years, technology has changed our world. Within the next decade, it will transform our reality. We are entering a new technological age in which AI and immersive media will transform society at all levels, mediating our lives by altering what we see, hear, and experience. Powered by immersive eyewear and driven by interactive AI agents, this new age of computing has the potential to make our world a magical place where the boundaries between the real and the virtual, the human and the artificial, rapidly fade away. If managed well, this could unleash a new age of abundance. If managed poorly, this technological revolution could easily go astray, deeply compromising our privacy, autonomy, agency, and even our humanity. Hear what our early pioneer of virtual and augmented reality, technologist with more than 300 patents, and CEO of an AI company has to say about our future in the metaverse!

, CEO, Unanimous.AI and Author, Our Next Reality: How the AI-Powered Metaverse Will Reshape the World


Keynote - Future-Proof Your Library: BIBFRAME & Linked Data

09:45 AM2024-03-122024-03-12

Tuesday, March 12: 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Located in Regency E

Floyd explores the evolution of BIBFRAME and FOLIO, the frameworks for organizing and sharing bibliographic data and an open standard that frees the library catalog and allows for the creation of enriched, connected resources. FOLIO is an open-source library services platform with a data model that is designed to work with both electronic and print resources to provide a path from traditional bibliographic tools into the future of BIBFRAME. Hear about the power of using FOLIO and BIBFRAME together to help libraries highlight and expose their collections to users on the open web and how EBSCO is reimagining library cataloging with BIBFRAME and the FOLIO library management system to do so.

, VP, SaaS Innovation, Corporations & Government, EBSCO


One-on-One with Keynote: Our Next Reality: AI Powered Metaverse?

10:15 AM2024-03-122024-03-12

Tuesday, March 12: 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


, CEO, Unanimous.AI and Author, Our Next Reality: How the AI-Powered Metaverse Will Reshape the World


Welcome & Introductions

10:45 AM2024-03-122024-03-12

Tuesday, March 12: 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


, Global Librarian - Library & Leadership Consultant, Holmquist Consult

, Director, LLEAD Institute and Partner Emeritus, Dysart & Jones Associates


Adaptive Leadership: Principles & Importance

11:15 AM2024-03-122024-03-12

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

Adaptive leadership is vital in today's world, where change is constant and challenges are complex. It offers a practical and principled approach to leading and driving adaptation, innovation, and resilience in organizations and communities. It is an approach that emphasizes collaboration, empathy, and a commitment to learning and growth. We kick off the summit by diving into why adaptive leadership is a useful framework and what principles it builds on. Discussion includes the use of worksheets to help develop your skills as an adaptive leader who is able to take people outside their comfort zones and assess and address the toughest challenges.


, SFPL Volunteer & former, Research Library Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

, Virginia & Charles Bowden Professor of Librarianship, University of Texas at Austin, School of Information


LUNCH — Food for Thought

12:30 PM2024-03-122024-03-12

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

What is your most crucial current leadership consideration? Or should we do partnerships?


Key Library Community Issues & Challenges

01:30 PM2024-03-122024-03-12

Tuesday, March 12: 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

To what questions (or problems) in your community is the library the answer? As the world and our various communities—campuses, municipalities, hospitals, schools, corporate and nonprofit enterprises, governments, and more—spin with change, what issues and trends do we see? What will be the right way to respond to these shifts for us, our libraries, and information and knowledge programs? We learn from each other and find similarities and differences across the different types of libraries and initiatives that we represent.


, Dean of Albertsons Library, Boise State University and Emeritus Professor, University of Nevada, Reno & Author, Selecting & Implementing Technologies in Libraries

, Associate Research Scientist, OCLC



03:00 PM2024-03-122024-03-12

Tuesday, March 12: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Libraries and information professionals have a tradition for meaningful partnerships with other organizations, community groups, associations, internal departments, specialists, and more. In this discussion, we explore good examples and inspire each other in how to develop these partnerships that benefit the library, the partner, and the community. We discuss tactics and techniques for finding new, meaningful partnerships for the future.


, Library Strategist, University at Albany Libraries

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


Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception

04:00 PM2024-03-122024-03-12

Tuesday, March 12: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the 2024 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, Mar 13

Track LLS: Library Leaders Summit

Located in Potomac 2

Keynote: LC Digital Innovation: Strategy, AI, & Preservation for Community Engagement

08:45 AM2024-03-132024-03-13

Wednesday, March 13: 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Located in Regency E

Preserving history and engaging our communities are important parts of our future. Hear about how the Library of Congress is using innovative techniques, such as machine learning for generative bibliographic data and engaging with new communities from leaders in the field. Learn about the direction of digital innovation for the next few years and the library’s strategic plan, lessons learned that will help libraries as they navigate their futures, and areas that libraries can excel in within their communities with respect to AI and technology.

Director of Digital StrategyLibrary of Congress
Senior Program Advisor to the Director, Digital Strategy, Library of Congress


Keynote: Taking the Pulse of Libraries

09:45 AM2024-03-132024-03-13

Wednesday, March 13: 9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Communico CEO Paul Quelch wants the latest library intel, so have your cellphones ready to take a quick survey! Share your thoughts and insights on customer usage data, marketing campaign partnerships, and relationships with commercial enterprises. This will be exciting and illuminating!

Paul Quelch, Founder & CEO, Communico


One-on-One with Keynote

10:30 AM2024-03-132024-03-13

Wednesday, March 13: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


, Senior Program Advisor to the Director, Digital Strategy, Library of Congress

, Director of Digital Strategy, Library of Congress


Skills for the Future

11:00 AM2024-03-132024-03-13

Wednesday, March 13: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Adaptive leadership requires an openness to change and a willingness to adjust our strategies as circumstances evolve. What skills do we need as leaders in the changing world of today and how do we develop them? What is our strategy for ensuring that new learnings will be actionable in our work? How do we encourage continuous learning and ensure our staff are prepared for the new technologies required?


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

, Vice President of Sales, Corporate and Government Markets, EBSCO Information Services

, Associate University Librarian, Temple University Libraries

, Executive Director, Consortium of Metropolitan Libraries

, Training Coordinator, Consortium of Metropolitan Libraries


LUNCH — Food for Thought

12:30 PM2024-03-132024-03-13

Wednesday, March 13: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

What skill set do we look for in our (future) staff to be the best libraries and information professionals for our communities? What skills do we need in the staff we hire?


Leading in an AI World

01:30 PM2024-03-132024-03-13

Wednesday, March 13: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

What is it going to take moving into the future with the speed of change with respect to many things, but especially technology? This discussion considers many aspects and helps to frame the future for libraries as they develop skills and plans to move ahead successfully in their communities.


, Librarian & Archivist of Canada, Library and Archives Canada

, Director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project


Next Steps

03:30 PM2024-03-132024-03-13

Wednesday, March 13: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bring all the learnings from the Library Leadership Summit into our last discussion as we look to the future of libraries. Let’s consider how we make sure new insights enter our everyday lives after the event, discuss our best learnings and how to take actions on them, develop individual action plans and the best ways to move forward, as well as how to keep in contact until we meet up again.

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