ALA Division Presidents' Programs and other Featured Speakers

An additional opportunity to be inspired by thought leaders in programs hosted by ALA divisions, their Presidents and ALA offices.


AASL Awards Ceremony and President's Program: The AASL Awards Ceremony highlights best practices in school librarianship through collaboration, leadership, innovative programming, national involvement, and upholding the principles of the profession. The program is a public acknowledgment and celebration of school librarians who have made significant contributions and modeled excellence within the profession. Dr. Scott Beck, Ph.D., head principal at Norman High School (OK) will speak on how 21st-century school librarians contribute to student outcomes. His presentation will be an amazing advocacy opportunity for any librarian to hear what administrators expect from their school librarians. The AASL President’s Program will immediately follow the Awards Ceremony. Get details and add to your schedule.


ACRL & PLA Joint Presidents' Program: Join ACRL President Irene Herold and PLA President Felton Thomas, Jr. for a joint Presidents' Program featuring Bernard (Bernie) Banks, Associate Dean for Leadership Development at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. This program will offer leadership development for all levels of academic and public librarians. Banks will discuss how challenges can be understood from a variety of organizational frames, giving attendees a more complex approach to developing effective solutions. This event is a can’t-miss for those interested in increasing their leadership responsibilities, as well as those looking to expand their ability to understand multi-faceted challenges. Open to all conference attendees. Get details and add to your schedule.


ALCTS and LLAMA Presidents’ Program:  The Business of Social Impact: Creating a World Where Everyone Has Value.  Businesses and their role in society are often defined by an organizations’ tax status as a “for profit” or “non-profit”. However, every business is a social enterprise, whether they know it or not, and has a role to advance society. With social entrepreneurship on the rise, the convergence of for profit and non-profit business models is imminent. How do we create social impact in a world where everyone has value? Presenter, Dorri McWhorter who became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140 year old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise, and is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, providing web and mobile application development training to adult women. Get details and add to your schedule.


ALSC Charlemae Rollins Presidents Program: Plugging into the Digital Age: Libraries Engaging and Supporting Families with Today’s Literacy: Digital technology impacts all areas of life: brain development, learning styles, and interpersonal relationships. Experts in the field who have gathered to present the latest research on digital-age technology and its relationship to childhood development and childhood literacy include Chip Donohue from the Erikson Institute and Sarah R. Lytle from the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences who will present the latest research in this area of study - and Lisa Regalla from the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, who will discuss practical ways to implement this information in our libraries & services. This panel will provide attendees with innovative ways for librarians to enhance their professional development and grow into their role as media mentors for children and caregivers. Get details and add to your schedule.


ASCLA President's Program: Healthy Aging @ Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information. Sponsored by the ASCLA President, this session is designed to help library staff assist older adults in finding health information. Discover techniques to teach older adults how to use computers and how to find health information on the Internet. Attendees will learn what makes a website senior-friendly, ideas for planning library programs on senior health topics, and where to locate health materials for distribution to older adults within the community. Get details and add to your schedule.


LITA President's Program: LITA President Aimee Fifarek welcomes Kameron Hurley, author of the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and many anthologies. Hurley has written for The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, The Village Voice, Bitch Magazine, and Locus Magazine. She posts regularly at  In this thought-provoking talk, essayist and author Kameron Hurley will discuss how curated content is shaping not only the stories we tell about ourselves, but the realities we live in, and how librarians and other information professionals can help shape these narratives. Get details and add to your schedule.


RUSA President's Program: Our communities, colleges, towns, schools, and businesses need us. As those we serve face growing tensions of nationalism, xenophobia, racism, extremist politics, and social media sites that seem better at building filter bubbles than societies, there is a need for a community of professionals dedicated to the common good and founded on knowledge. However our communities don’t need us to gate-keep a collection, provide workshops, or staff a building - they need us to add value to their lives in their homes, classrooms, offices, and yes, on their devices. This talk will explore how reference and user services not only remain relevant, but mobilize to address the real challenges of today’s community. The session will also feature two expert responders from the library world, to be announced. Get details and add to your schedule.


SRRT/SustainRT/AILA/APALA program with Bill McKibben: Cited by the Boston Globe as “probably America’s most important environmentalist,” acclaimed environmentalist, activist, and author Bill McKibben will present “Imagining a World That Works – In Time to Prevent a World That Doesn’t”. Bill McKibben has written over a dozen books including his 1989 book, The End of Nature, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change and has appeared in 24 languages. He is the founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. Get details and add to your schedule.

YALSA's President’s Program: Real Teens, Real Ready: YALSA President Sarah Hill’s year-long initiative, "Real Teens, Real Ready" focuses on the need for libraries to evolve in order to effectively serve today’s teens. In ever-changing and uncertain times, teens feel under-prepared for their future, yet the library can be their instrument to readiness for careers, college, workforce, and life. Attend this interactive session and learn about a range of innovative programs serving today's teens and learn strategies you can take back to your own library. Get details and add to your schedule.