SLJ Summit 2019 To Feature Alaa Murabit, Physician and Global Activist, Harry Potter Alliance

Now in its 15th year, the Summit will also include a tech playground and author panel. Breakout sessions will cover technology, community engagement, fighting budget cuts proactively, and providing equity for students.

Librarians, administrators, and publishing professionals are gearing up for SLJ's 15th Annual Leadership Summit. This year's theme: "Equity and Access for All: Igniting Stakeholders for Success."

Once again, the event—which this year will be held in Baltimore on Sept. 21 and 22—will provide the platform for library leaders and their fellow educators, as well as administrators and industry insiders, to network, share ideas, learn in breakout sessions, and be inspired by speakers and panel discussions. 

Alaa Murabit

The opening keynote speaker is Alaa Murabit, a Canadian physician and recipient of the 2018 Nelson Mandela International Award, who is an expert on health policy, security, sustainable development, and global policy.

Dayvon Love will open the second day. Love is the director of public policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots think-tank that advances public policy interest of Baltimore's black residents. He is featured in the HBO documentary Baltimore Rising.

Isabel Quintero
Photo by Charles Lenida

This year’s author panel will explore culture and identity with guests David Bowles, author of They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid’s Poems (Cinco Puntos); Malaka Gharib, author and illustrator of I Was Their American Dream (Clarkson Potter/Penguin Random House); Kevin Noble Maillard, author of Fry Bread (Roaring Brook/Macmillan); and Isabel Quintero, author of My Papi Has a Motorcycle (Kokila/Penguin Random House). A book signing follows the discussion.

There will also be an administrator panel including the chief academic officer of the Baltimore County Schools and the superintendents of districts in Alabama, Missouri, Michigan, and Florida.

Other highlights include a speaker and breakout session from the Harry Potter Alliance, an organization that promotes activism and social justice through story and fandom; breakout sessions on technology, community engagement, fighting budget cuts proactively, and providing equity for students led by SLJ's 2017 Hero of Equitable Access and Ali Schilpp, the 2018 SLJ School Librarian of the Year.

Scott Pelley

New this year is the Innovation Playground, sponsored by TLC SmartTECH. Merge, Cubelets, and Blocks Rock will be part of the hands-on area highlighting education technology.

On Friday, prior to the official Summit start, there will be tours of two local middle schools, spotlighting projects and initiatives in the Baltimore County Public Schools' Library Media Programs and visiting the media center at a school that is a certified Green School, Eco School, and Common Sense Media School.

The Summit is sponsored by Capstone (Diamond Sponsor); Follett (Platinum Sponsor); Gale, Mackin, and TLC (Gold Sponsors); and Lerner, News Literacy Project, and TeachingBooks (Silver Sponsors).

Registration is closed, but watch and follow @sljournal for coverage during and after the Summit.

Former CBS Evening News anchor and current 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley will deliver the closing keynote address.

Author Image
Kara Yorio

Kara Yorio (, @karayorio) is news editor at School Library Journal.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing