What a time for all of us to Think Outside the Books! Thanks to everyone who helped make our first ever virtual conference a success, and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021!
Conference Schedule and Keynotes
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Thursday Keynote: Julius Jefferson, ALA President Elect
Julius C. Jefferson Jr. is the current ALA president elect, and will become ALA president on June 30th. He is the Acting Chief of Research & Reference Services at the Library of Congress. He has held several board positions, including president of the Board of the Freedom to Read Foundation, president of the District of Columbia Library Association (DCLA); and a member of the board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). Often called upon as an authority on issues of importance to library workers, Julius has also appeared on a number of media outlets, including National Public Radio. He is co-editor of The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges and is often sought as a speaker on library-related issues such as diversity, leadership, and professional development.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Friday Keynote: Susanne Schmidt, Storyteller and Radio Producer
As a comedic storyteller and national speaker, Susanne’s work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The Moth, National Public Radio, WGBH Stories from The Stage, and most recently, HBO’s Inspiration Room. She has performed in The Boston Women in Comedy Festival and The Toronto SheDot Festival, and was named the “Best of the Valley Voices” by New England Public Radio and The Academy of Music Theater. Susanne is the founder of Say It Forward Productions and a teaching artist at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. In her other life, Susanne Schmidt, MS, LCMHC, is a graduate professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Northern Vermont University and is the mother of two amazing young men, who would probably prefer that she stop talking about them on stage. susanneschmidtstories.com