Speakers

Gretchen CaserottiGretchen Caserotti is the Library Director at Meridian Library District in the fast-growing suburb of Boise, ID. Formerly Assistant Director for Public Services at Darien Library, she developed a reputation for innovative and technology-driven projects and was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010. She began her career as a children’s librarian at New York Public Library where she applied her talents for singing and storytelling to her passion for community and literacy.
 
 
 
Richard KongRichard Kong is Director of Skokie Public Library, an award-winning institution that serves a diverse population just north of Chicago. Kong currently serves on the boards of both the Public Library Association and Illinois Library Association. He is the chair of the 2018 PLA National Conference Committee and the co-chair of the PLA EDI Task Force. Kong completed the ALA Emerging Leaders Program in 2007 and PLA Leadership Academy in 2015. He was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2012.
 
 
 
Rebecca T. MillerRebecca T. Miller is Editorial Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal. Her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of the Library Journal. In the intervening years, serving as Executive Editor for LJ and subsequently Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal, she helped launch several new products and drove the evolution of the content strategy of these key brands. She also served for six years on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, two as President.
 
 
 
Siobhan ReardonSiobhan Reardon is President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Since joining the Free Library in 2008, she has spearheaded the library’s initiative to move beyond its walls by creating computer and internet outposts called Hot Spots that offer free access and training in partnership with local organizations in underserved neighborhoods, in the city’s first roving “techmobile,” and at the Philadelphia International Airport, where travelers can access the internet for free and download library materials on the go. In addition, she has steered the creation of an ambitious five-year strategic plan for the library, underscored by a mission to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. For these efforts and her visionary leadership of the Free Library, she was named Library Journal‘s Librarian of the Year in 2015.
 
Brain RisseBrian Risse is the Vice President of Public Library Sales at Gale. He began at Gale in 1999, and has held various sales roles in both the K12 and Public arenas. Brian led the successful introduction into libraries of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, and more recently Career Online High School. He believes that Public Libraries ARE the educational hub of their community, and is committed to delivering libraries resources that best support that mission. The last recreational book he read was, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. He and his team are fully committed to the success of Public Libraries.
 
 


 
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