Thursday, November 2, 2017

8:30–11:30 AM: Optional Tour of 21st Century Libraries in Philadelphia

Through Building Inspiration, the Free Library of Philadelphia is reimagining and reshaping neighborhood libraries to meet the changing needs of today’s library customers. Four pilot libraries are reopening to the public after receiving extensive modernization and expansion. Each library has a unique programmatic focus, chosen in response to identified community needs.
The transformed 21st Century Libraries are all ADA compliant and include an improved circulation desk; updated program, meeting, and study rooms; and a computer bar. All have been fitted with warm, state-of-the-art spaces, including

  • a vibrant CHILDREN’S LIBRARY: a focal point of the new spaces, featuring comfortable children’s furniture, designated reading areas, and computers equipped with age-appropriate software
  • a welcoming LIVING ROOM space: a warm and welcoming space in each library where customers can self-check books, gather with friends, and enjoy the library’s programs
  • a dedicated TEEN SPACE: a haven in each library for teens to gather, do homework after school, engage in age-appropriate programming, and receive academic support
  • a customized PRE-K ZONE: located within each Children’s Library and brimming with picture books, small tables and chairs, and movable soft furniture that toddlers can use comfortably

Join Library Journal, Free Library of Philadelphia staff, and fellow directors from across the country to visit two of these libraries before they open their doors to the public.

Logan Library – Opening November 4, 2017
Emphasizing family literacy

New Features:

  • a reading garden for customers to settle in and enjoy the books they just checked out

Lillian Marrero Library – Opening November 18, 2017
Emphasizing early-childhood literacy and new Americans

New Features:

  • a new entrance with ADA-accessible elevators
  • expanded bilingual resources
  • enhanced workplace readiness resources

Full tour schedule:

8:30 AM: Bus pick up at the Westin Philadelphia Hotel – 99 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
9:10 AM: Arrive at Logan Library
9:50 AM: Depart Logan Library
10:20 AM: Arrive at Lilian Marrero Library
11:00 AM: Depart Lilian Marrero Library
11:30 AM: Arrive at Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Library

Space is limited and sign up is required. Sign up here.

11:30 AM–1:00 PM: Welcome: Opening Lunch and Networking

Presented by:
Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal
Siobhan Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia

1:00–1:45 PM: Keynote: Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

Almost a year into her role at the Library of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden has made this national icon an exciting place to be as never before. In doing so, she is welcoming the public further into the library and is putting the library and its collection out into public life in new and innovative ways.
Presented by:
Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

1:45–2:30 PM: Making Room for Public Life

Panel on civic reinvention toward public engagement.

Matt Chabon, Policy Director, Center for an Urban Future
Jamie Gauthier, Executive Director, Fairmount Park Conservancy
Shin-pei Tsay, Executive Director, Gehl Institute

Moderated by:
Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, DC Public Library

2:30–3:00 PM: Break

3:00–3:45 PM: What the City Needs from the Library or “Ask Not What the City Can Do For You…”

Brian Bannon, Commissioner and CEO, Chicago Public Library
Mike DiBerardinis, Managing Director, the City of Philadelphia
Andrea Blackman, Division Manager for the Special Collections Division and Director of the Civil Rights Room, Nashville Public Library

Moderated by:
Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor, Library Journal

3:45–4:15 PM: Dear James Madison, Is this the End of the First Amendment?: Collaboration in Times of Civic Controversy

R. Crosby Kemper III, Executive Director, Kansas City Public Library, discusses the challenges of working with law enforcement and other city departments that may not be aligned with the library’s mission.

4:15–5:00 PM: Tour: Inside Philly’s Reinvention

6:00–7:00 PM: Cocktails and Reception at The Westin Philadelphia


Friday, November 3, 2017

8:00–9:00 AM: Breakfast at the Free Library of Philadelphia

9:00–9:15 AM: Welcome and Reflection

Presented by:
Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal
Karen Radulovich, Director of Strategic Accounts, Gale – A Cengage Company

9:15–10:00 AM: Morning Keynote: Place in Principle, Policy, and Practice

Libraries are quintessentially local. They seek to transform what’s broken in their communities and celebrate what’s beautiful. Library’s physical presence is also frequently a driver in civic reinvention. Learn how to make sure your role in such projects is aligned with the library’s larger mission through the principles of equitable development.
Presented by:
Neeraj Mehta, Director of Community Programs, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota

10:00–10:45 AM: Engagement in Action: Philly’s Culinary Literary Center

More details to be announced.

Presented by:
Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Administrator, Culinary Literacy Center, Philadelphia Free Library

10:45–11:00 AM: Break, with Snack from Activity

11:00–11:20 AM: Developing an Organizational Culture to Support Innovation and Engagement

Presented by:
Richard Kong, Director, Skokie Public Library

11:20 AM–12:00 PM: The Director’s Evolving Role

Siobhan Reardon, President and Director, Free Library of Philadelphia
Ramiro Salazar, Director, San Antonio Public Library
Gretchen Caserotti, Director, Meridian Library District, Idaho

Moderated by:
Lisa Peet, News Editor, Library Journal

12:00 PM: Closing


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