SLJ Leadership Summit 2019

The 15th annual SLJ Leadership Summit will be held September 21-22 in Baltimore, MD. This highly anticipated two-day conference will revolve around the theme Equity and Access for All: Igniting Stakeholders for Success.

The event promises active learning, and plenty of time for reflection, collaboration, and networking with colleagues. Tours of local schools, vendor focus groups, and a literary walking tour are being planned as preconference activities on September 20.

Thanks to the support and commitment of SLJ Leadership Summit sponsors, we are able to offer a limited number of qualified library leaders complimentary attendance to this year’s event.

A foundational element of the Summit’s long-standing success has been its wide-ranging national audience. We’ve had an amazing response to-date from Maryland, DC, and Virginia and are now offering a limited number of complimentary registrations to leaders from other states.

We invite you to apply for one of these complimentary registrations, and will respond to your request within one week.

Participants can expect a vibrant and vital conversation among more than 250 library and education leaders from around the country who will explore key social and education topics around how school libraries can foster a more equitable world.

Speakers include Dayvon Love of Baltimore United for Change; Michael Daria, Superintendent of Tuscaloosa (AL) City Schools, and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV). We’ll also hear from the Harry Potter Alliance, and much more.

Attendance is open to those taking leadership in creating strong and effective school libraries.

Group rate expires: Thursday, August 29, 2019

If you need further assistance, please email

Friday, September 20 - Preconference Events

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Optional School Tours
Visit schools in both Baltimore County and City – Bus transportation will be provided

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Sponsor-led Focus Groups


7:00 PM | Optional dinner with local librarians at nearby eateries

Saturday, September 21

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Breakfast with the Sponsors

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | REGISTRATION

10:00 AM | WELCOME
Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, School Library Journal & Library Journal
Patricia Stockland, Publisher, Capstone

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | OPENING KEYNOTE
Alaa Murabit
is a  Canadian physician, Meritorious Service Cross recipient, and one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocates appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations,. She is also a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM | Harry Potter Alliance
The Alliance is changing the world by making activism accessible through the power of story. Since 2005, they have engaged millions of fans through their work for equality, human rights and literacy.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Breakouts

• Topic One | Library of Congress Literacy Awardees
Hear  from Reading is Fundamental, America Score, Eastside Community School, Reach Inc and Learning Ally

• Topic Two | Harry Potter Alliance
Learn more about how you can implement a project in your community.

• Topic Three | Techshare “60 Minutes, 60 Tools”

• Topic Four | Encouraging Community Engagement
Little Free Library, Reading is Fundamental and Shout Mouse Press will discuss how to enhance community involvement

• Topic Five | Community Forum on Fighting Cuts Proactively

• Topic Six – Providing Equity for Our Students
School librarians April Wathen and Ali Schilpp will give examples on how they strive to achieve equity for their students.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | LUNCH  

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM | Dr. Susan Neuman  of NYU

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM | Tech and Computational Thinking
Nicky Rigg, Program Manager, Google
Marijke Visser, Associate Director & Senior Public Advocate, American Library Association

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM | BREAK

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Author Panel
Moderated by Daryl Grabarek, Editor, Curriculum Connections and Touch and Go
School Library Journal

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | AUTOGRAPHING

6:00 – 7:00 pm | COCKTAIL RECEPTION – Featuring Local Authors

Sunday, September 22


Dayvon Love is a Baltimore-based political organizer and Director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LSD), a grassroots think tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people.  He is featured in the HBO documentary “Baltimore Rising”. The film documents both his youth education work around public policy as well as his legislative work around police reform.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM | Government Panel
Congresswoman Susie Lee, Nevada
State Senator Janet Howell, Virginia

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Technology Dialogue

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Break

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Administrator Panel
Dr. Michael Daria of the Tuscaloosa City Schools

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Closing Keynote
Scott Pelley has been a reporter and photographer for more than 45 years. He is best known for his work on 60 Minutes and as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Pelley’s work has been recognized with 3 DuPont-Columbia Awards, 3 Peabody Awards, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and 37 Emmy Awards. Pelley is the most awarded correspondent in the history of 60 Minutes.

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