SLJ Summit 2024

Join us December 6-8—live and in person—for the 2024 SLJ Summit!


Registration is now open for the 20th annual SLJ Summit! This year's theme "All Together Now."
The 2024 Summit will take place December 6-8, 2024, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The SLJ Summit brings together leaders in the K-12 school library community, with content and programming developed for school and district level librarians, library leaders and K-12 administrators. While others interested in attending may submit a request for registration, priority will be given to these professionals. 

More details will be released as our program develops, so keep an eye on your inbox, but in the meantime, take a look at last year's packed program to begin planning your trip. See you in Raleigh!  



More details will be released as our program develops, so keep an eye on your inbox. We’re looking forward to seeing you in Raleigh this December!


Who should attend: school and district level librarians, library leaders and K-12 administrators.


Hotel information: Hotel reservation information will appear on your confirmation after registering.


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Friday, December 6, 2024 - Pre Conference Events 

12:00 PM  Tours
3:00 - 5:00 PM | Focus groups

5:30 - 6:30 PM | Welcome reception 


Saturday, December 7, 2024

8:00 - 9:30 AM | Focus groups

8:15 - 9:45 AM | Breakfast

8:30 - 9:45 AM | Registration

9:45 AM | Welcome
Kathy Ishizuka, Editor in Chief, SLJ

10:00 - 10:45 AM | PLN 2.0

11:00 AM – 12 noon | Restorative Practice
The library welcomes all students, it’s a core principle. So how do we achieve this? In this session, learn practical actions and activities, including circulation circles; collection development; and strategies to address reading trauma. Included, too: suggestions on using/adjusting language to bring administrators on board with equitable library programming in these divisive times.
Julie Stivers, Upper School Librarian, Carolina Friends School, Durham, NC, 2023 School Librarian of the Year
Julia Torres, Public Teen Librarian, Denver, CO

12:00 - 12:45 PM | Lunch 


12:45 - 2:45 PM  |  AI in the Library : a Workshop
Get hands on with artificial intelligence in this practical session. Learn to apply AI to library tasks, from book recommendations and social media posting to recommendation letters, and correspondence.
Facilitator: Elissa Malespina, NJ school librarian and creator of the AI School Librarian newsletter

2:45 - 3:45 PM |Family Ties: Drama, Trauma, and How Family Stories Shape Young People’s Identities (author panel)
From picture books to YA, these titles (and their authors) explore all types of families and the ways children survive and thrive because (or in spite) of them.
Speakers t/c:

3:45 - 4:30 PM | Autographing session

5:00 - 6:00 PM | Cocktail party


Sunday, December 8, 2024

8:00 - 8:45 AM | Breakfast 

8:45 - 9:15 AM   Keynote conversation: Telling the Library Story

9:15 - 9:45 AM | Community + the Library
Speaker: Amanda Chacon, librarian, H. M. Carroll Elementary in Houston, TX, 2024 School Librarian of the Year


9:45 - 10:30 AM | Breakout Conversations Session 1

  • Science of Reading vs. Joy of Reading. Librarians don't teach reading, but rather inspire avid readers. So what is the library's involvement in SoR? 
  • Marketing the school library
  • Collection development/weeding

10:30 - 10:45 AM | Break

10:45 - 11:30 AM | Breakout Conversations Session 2

  • AI idea share
  • Mentors needed: How to be a mentor
  • Navigating the social media landscape: 

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM | Lightning Sessions 

Attendees take the mic in these crowd-sourced sessions—fast-paced, five-minute presentations on a topic submitted in advance by audience members.

12:15 pm | Closing

SLJ Summit Advisory Board


Becky Calzada, District Library Coordinator, Leander ISD, TX

Donna Gray, Library Coordinator, NYC school system

Jennifer Sturge, Library Coordinator, Calvert County Public Schools, MD

Jonathan Hunt, Coordinator, Library Media Services, San Diego County Office of Ed, CA

Kerry Townsend, Library Media Coordinator, Columbia Public Schools, MO

Dr. Kevin M. Washburn, Director of Library Programs, DC Public Schools

Liz Phipps-Soeiro, Director of Library Services, Boston Public Schools

Melissa Jacobs, Director of Library Services, NYC DOE

Michelle Jarrett, School Library Supervisor, Osceola County School District, FL

Sarah Steiger, Manager, Libraries & Digital Media, Chicago Public Schools

Tom Bober, District Library Coordinator, School District of Clayton, MO


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