Keynote Speakers

Pat LosinskiPat Losinski has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), a twenty-one branch library district serving 820,000 residents in central Ohio, since 2002. During his tenure CML has received the Institute for Museum and Library Services National Medal (2011), was named Library Journals National Library of the Year (2010), has been a multi-year Library Journal five-star library, and named the number one urban library in the United States three times.  No other library system in the U.S. has achieved these multiple recognitions. Prior to joining CML, he spent five years as Executive Director of Pikes Peak Library District in Colorado Springs.  He is past chair of the Urban Libraries Council Board; he received the 2000 Leadership Award from the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, the 2010 PLA’s “Charlie Robinson Award.”


Sioban 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.


Barbara ShipleyBarbara Shipley brings more than 25 years of experience in branding, marketing and strategic communications to her role as Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy for AARP. She is the chief architect of AARP’s Real Possibilities platform and the enterprise-wide brand revitalization strategy. She oversees brand strategy, creative services, advertising, and events for AARP and leads the brand integration efforts, from the Foundation and AARP Services to the association’s 53 state offices. With integration a focal point for AARP and its refreshed brand strategy, Barbara helps to ensure that the revitalized strategy, voice and architecture are reflected in all of the association’s internal and external communications, advertising, corporate partnerships and other outreach efforts.


Scott SteinbergScott Steinberg is one of the world’s most celebrated business speakers, futurists, and strategic innovation consultants, as seen in 600+ outlets from CNN to TIME and The Wall St. Journal. The author of Make Change Work for You: 10 Ways to Future-Proof Yourself, Fearlessly Innovate and Succeed Despite Uncertainty, the Fortune 500 calls him a “defining figure in business and technology” and “top trendsetter to follow.” As the CEO of management consulting and market research firm TechSavvy Global, he helps clients of all sizes better understand emerging innovations and trends, and cultivate competitive advantage on the back of them. An award-winning provider of keynote speeches, workshops and seminars for Fortune 500 businesses, non-profits, associations and educational institutes, he’s partnered with many leading organizations to deliver game-changing leadership, education, and change management programs.



John ChrastkaJohn Chrastka is Executive Director of EveryLibrary, the first nationwide political action committee for libraries. A long-time library trustee, supporter and advocate, he is a member and former president of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – present) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Prior to his work on EveryLibrary, he was a partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities, and was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA).


Deborah JacobsDeborah Jacobs is the Director of the Global Libraries Initiative at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing the foundation’s work to improve the lives of 1 billion “information-poor” people by 2030 while positioning the world’s 320,000 public libraries as critical community assets and providers of information through relevant technologies. Prior to joining the foundation in 2008, she served as Seattle City Librarian for 11 years. In addition to directing the Seattle Public Library system, Jacobs led a $291 million capital-improvement program called “Libraries for All” that funded the construction of a new Central Library and renovated, built, or expanded 26 branch libraries.


Richard GavilanRichard Reyes-Gavilan was appointed the Executive Director of the DC Public Library in January 2014. He has twenty years of professional library experience including serving as the Chief Librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library and in numerous positions at the New York Public Library. Most of his career has been spent working in central libraries thinking through ways in which they can expand their reach and impact. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s in library and information science from the University of Texas at Austin.


Confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2015, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew is the 5th Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, serving a four-year term. The directorship of the Institute alternates between individuals from the museum and library communities. Dr. Matthew’s career interests have centered around supporting and coaching museums and other nonprofits, large and small, who are focused on propelling their programs, communications, events, and fundraising offerings to a higher level of success.


Julie SandorfJulie Sandorf has served as President of the Charles H. Revson Foundation since January 2008. Before joining the Foundation, she was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nextbook, an organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of Jewish literature, culture and the arts. From 1991 through 1999, she was President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), an organization she founded that worked in partnership with foundations, nonprofit organizations, and governments to deliver permanent solutions to chronic homelessness. Prior to CSH, Ms. Sandorf was a Program Director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, where she forged a public-private partnership to revitalize distressed neighborhoods throughout NYC.


Cal ShepardCal Shepard is the State Librarian of North Carolina. Prior to this she was Program Director of Consulting Services at LYRASIS and also managed the SOLINET Educational Services Program. She was the Chief of Library Development at the State Library of North Carolina and has held several positions in public libraries starting out as a Children’s Librarian in Murphy, North Carolina. She received her MLS from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and is active in the American Library Association and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies organization where she serves on the board. She serves on the boards of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and the North Carolina Center for After School Programs. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UNC-CH in 2013.


Maureen SullivanMaureen Sullivan is a widely recognized leader and educator in the library profession. She is the 2012-2013 President of the American Library Association. Her career has included positions as the human resources administrator at two major research libraries; a consultant and trainer with the Association of Research Libraries; a member of the faculty in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions PhD program at Simmons College and in two of the annual institutes sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has designed and facilitated a number of leadership development programs and during her term as ALA President she launched The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, a partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, to prepare librarians to be conveners of community engagement and public innovators in their communities.


WeinbergLilly Weinberg has been the Director of Community Foundations at the Knight Foundation since 2012. She manages Knight’s $140 million investment in 18 nonresident communities. Weinberg graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she concurrently earned master’s degrees in public administration and business administration. While attending graduate school, she worked with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the New York City Economic Development Corp., in both cases creating strategies to promote economic development, entrepreneurship and business growth. A resident of Coconut Grove, Weinberg is active in Miami civic life. She currently serves as executive director of the New Leaders Council Miami chapter.




November 12-13, 2015

District of Columbia
Public Library

Martin Luther King Jr.
Memorial Library
901 G. Street NW
Washington D.C. 20001

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