Join us for Library Journal’s Summit: What’s Next? Libraries Adapt to the New Abnormal, taking place on October 6th.
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Join us for Library Journal’s annual summit: What’s Next? Libraries Adapt to the New Abnormal, taking place on October 6th. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic upending strategic plans across the country, libraries have had to be nimble, flexible, and collaborative on a scale and time frame like never before. Fortunately, all three of those proficiencies are in the library wheelhouse. 

In this free, day-long, virtual event, LJ will convene leaders at every level to share their learnings from the first phase of the crisis, how they’re preparing for the multiple possibilities of the medium term—and beyond—and positioning themselves to come out of the recovery strong. 

Speaker Spotlight

Tracie D. Hall

In February 2020, Tracie D. Hall was appointed the American Library Association’s 10th executive director in its 143-year history. In her new role, Hall oversees the oldest and largest library association in the world, made up of 57,000 members and more than 200 staffers. Hall is the first female African American executive director in ALA’s history. She was highlighted as a “Mover and Shaker” in the field by Library Journal early in her career.

Linda W. Braun

Linda W. Braun is a learning consultant with LEO. Her work focuses on designing high-quality learning activities with library and out of school time staff and with youth, families, and communities. She manages the IMLS-funded YALSA Transforming Teen Services: Train the Trainer and Future Ready with the Library projects and is the co-author of the report, The Future of Library Services for and With Teens: A Call to Action.

John Chrastka

John Chrastka is executive director of EveryLibrary, the first nationwide political action committee for libraries, and the EveryLibrary Institute, a nonprofit think tank focused on the future of library funding. He is a former president of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – 2015) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS), a multi-type library system. He was named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal for his work with EveryLibrary.  

Pat Losinski

Since 2002, Pat Losinski has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Prior to joining CML, Pat was executive director of Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs. He has worked for public library systems in Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio. CML received the Institute for Museum and Library Services National Medal in 2011 and was named Library Journal’s National Library of the Year in 2010.

Featured Speakers and Topics will Include: 

  • Opening Keynote from Rep. Andrew Levin, cosponsor of the $2 billion Library Stabilization Fund Act to support libraries during and after COVID-19
  • Closing Keynote from Tracie Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association
  • John Chrastka, founder of EveryLibrary, will present on advocating for library budgets in an austerity environment
  • Jill Bourne, San José city librarian, and others will speak on the library’s role in the community’s recovery
  • Jason Kucsma, director of Toledo Lucas County Public Library, OH; Pat Losinski, CEO of Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH; and others will speak on planning for staff and patron safety
  • Linda Braun, ALA Young Adult Library Services (YALSA) past president, YALSA continuing education consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online, will lead two Zoom convenings. Leading in Uncertain Times for directors and assistant directors and Feedback from the Frontlines for frontline workers.
  • Birds of a feather Zoom conversations for rural, suburban, urban, and academic librarians. 
  • Plus, sessions on innovations in digital service; outreach and marketing in the pandemic; remote collections’ narrowing the digital divide; alternatives to policing in libraries; antiracism in libraries; virtual, distance, and open air programming; and supporting job seekers and small businesses.

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We are anticipating an unprecedented number of library and education professionals to attend this summit, so you may find the environment or live sessions become full during the day.

But don’t worry! Sessions will be available for viewing on-demand within an hour of their initial broadcast, and the entire event will be available on-demand until January 26, 2021.

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Advertising Director Roy Futterman.

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