Keynote Speakers

Jill BourneJill Bourne was appointed City Librarian for the San José Public Library (SJPL) in July 2013. Under Bourne’s leadership, SJPL successfully secured long-term stability with the passage of a 25-year funding measure by an overwhelming 81% in the June 2014 election; significantly expanded operating hours, increasing public access to branch libraries from four days to six days per week at all 23 locations; and recently restructured library fines so that more than 100,000 patrons regained access. A major focus is to secure resources in innovative ways, developing partnerships that result in public-private collaborations, assets that may be leveraged to increase access, and funding for service expansions. She was named a “Mover and Shaker” in 2009 by Library Journal, a “2015 Woman of Influence,” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and is currently a member of the Urban Libraries Council Executive Board. Bourne is Library Journal‘s 2017 Librarian of the Year.

John B. HorriganJohn B. Horrigan is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center, where he focuses on libraries, technology, and communities as well as open data and open government. Prior to rejoining Pew Research Center in 2015, he served as research director for the development of the National Broadband Plan at the Federal Communications Commission. He is a nationally recognized expert on research into barriers to home broadband adoption and use, expertise cultivated as a consultant and in his first stint at Pew Research Center from 2000-2009. He has a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in economics and government from the University of Virginia.

Ibi ZoboiIbi Zoboi was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in The New York Times Book Review, the Horn Book Magazine, and The Rumpus, among others. Her debut novel, American Street, was published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers and has received five starred reviews. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, and their three young children. You can find her online at www.ibizoboi.net.


Carmen CentenoCarmen Centeno began her career with the Miami-Dade Public Library System in 1993. She holds an MLS from Florida State University. In 2008, she received the SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Information Network) Summit Award for developing system wide baby storytimes, hosting unique programs for the visually impaired and creating Mother Goose on the Loose, an interactive theatrical storytime. In 2008 and 2013, Carmen traveled to Medellin, Colombia and Madrid, Spain where she hosted workshops on programming for youth. As the lead in the Special Services Unit, Carmen provides resources and assistance to daycare centers and individuals with special needs.

Kathy FlemingKathy Fleming is the Executive Director of Fairytale Town, where she has developed a variety of play-based education programs for children and families for more than 15 years. In 2011, she spent three months in London learning about the vibrant play sector in the United Kingdom. She writes about play and behind-the-scenes playwork at the-work-of-play.org.
Oscar FuentesOscar Fuentes is the Library Exhibitions and Programming Specialist in the Art Services unit. Oscar oversees art related programming such as art tours, art lectures, art receptions, art workshops. Oscar also maintains the Library’s Permanent Art Collection. The collection tells Miami’s visual history and is displayed through the library system in six temporary art galleries at different branches where he rotates eye catching art exhibits every four months. He is also a multidisciplinary artist in the Miami community; he spearheads a music project where he blends his poetry with jazz. He is also the author of three books of poetry, prose and plays.
Jason KucsmaJason Kucsma is deputy director at Toledo Lucas County Public Library where he leads a team of public service administrators providing essential programs and services to a growing community of library customers. He geeks out on strategic planning, management tools, and information access advocacy. Before TLCPL, he was the executive director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council. Before he became a librarian, he published a progressive politics and culture magazine (clamor) and ran a nonprofit organization aimed at bolstering independent media across the country (Allied Media Projects).
Kimberly D. MatthewsKimberly D. Matthews, MLS, MBA, is Assistant Director of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. She oversees the Library’s Public Service operations (including 50 branches), Technical Services, Human Resources, and the Programming and Partnerships team. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Trenton Free Public Library, Trenton, NJ, where she successfully led the organization through two devastating budget reductions by reengineering all internal processes for increased fiscal responsibility and economy of resources, implemented new policies for all areas of service and operation, and implemented a new service model for the provision of innovative 21st century services while operating with only 50% of the previous decades budget. Before joining the Trenton Free Public Library, Matthews spent nearly a decade on the management team for the award-winning Salt Lake City Public Library. Matthews has served on the boards of LYRASIS and the Central NJ Regional Library Cooperative. Kimberly earned her master’s degree in Library Science from Emporia State University and her master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Her library career has included working with NASA, the Smithsonian, Washington State University, and several public library systems.

Autumn McClintockAutumn McClintock is Strategy Coordinator for the Free Library of Philadelphia where she spearheads strategic approaches and plans for health literacy and cultural and civic engagement. She is the Free Library’s former Assistant Chief of Staff, and her professional experience includes project, office, and administrative management. She holds an MFA in creative writing, is the author of a chapbook of poems, and serves on the City of Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Selection Committee.
Danielle MilamDanielle Milam joined the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District in November 2008. She sits on the Executive Team of the Library District and serves as chief staff liaison to the Library Foundation. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President of Programs and Development at the Urban Libraries Council in Chicago, IL, leading their funding and program development activities including conferences; audio conferences; research publications; the ULC Executive Leadership Institute, a diversity scholarship program; and a public library futures project, “ULC Foresight 2020,” funded with $6 million in grant awards from the Institute for Museum & Library Services, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, among others. She has a strong background in organizational management, strategic planning, program and fund development, and community organizing. Prior to that, she assisted the design and management of $3.8 million in grants from corporate and foundation gifts for the San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s Centennial Achievement Plan and Latino Leadership Initiative.

Gina MillsapGina Millsap is the chief executive officer of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. She leads an organization of 220 employees serving a community of 179,000. She’s worked in libraries for 40 years and received her Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri. She’s been recognized as a 2007 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and is Past President of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. She currently serves as chair of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy and on the boards of the Public Library Association of ALA and Lyrasis, an organization that partners with libraries, archives and museums on digital content management.
Rebekah MonsonRebekah Monson is co-founder and VP of Product of WhereBy.Us, a local media startup that connects people to their cities through storytelling and experiences. Its publications, Miami’s The New Tropic and Seattle’s The Evergrey, produce email newsletters, original stories and events that reach more than a million curious locals each year. WhereBy.Us will enter new markets in 2017.

Previously, Rebekah worked many journalism jobs and later ran communications at the University Of Miami School Of Communication, where she pursued an M.F.A. in Interactive Media. She co-founded Code for Miami and Hacks/Hackers Miami. She frequently speaks and trains about working at the intersection of technology, storytelling and civic engagement for professional journalism and technology organizations, governments and nonprofits.

Rachel PayneRachel Payne is the coordinator of early childhood services at Brooklyn Public Library. She has written for School Library Journal, Library Trends, and Kirkus. She was a contributor to Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos (Sourcebooks, 2013) and Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start (Facet, 2015). Rachel served as chair of the 2016 Caldecott Committee and she has presented on early literacy at conferences nationwide.
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.

Rivkah SassRivkah Sass, director of the Sacramento (CA) Public Library, began her career in libraries in 1978, convinced that there was nothing better in the world than to work in a public library, surrounded by infinite possibilities. Thirty-five years later she still feels that way, having worked as a reference librarian, children’s librarian, branch manager, trainer and consultant, deputy state librarian, mid-level manager and, for the past ten years, library director.
Jennifer ShipleyJennifer Shipley began serving the Miami-Dade community in 1993 and has been recognized for developing partnerships and serving underserved communities. As a library manager, Ms. Shipley served on local boards and found ways to increase the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s reach. She has been recognized by the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, Rotary International and Diageo’s Learning Skills For Life Program and several local associations and boards for her work in public service. In 2016, Ms. Shipley was promoted to Library Operations Administrator of the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Community Engagement, Programming and Outreach Division.

John SzaboJohn F. Szabo is the City Librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, which serves over four million people—the largest population of any public library in the United States. He oversees the Central Library, 72 branches, and the library’s $162 million budget. Under his leadership, the library’s major initiatives include those related to immigrant integration and citizenship, improving financial literacy, and providing health resources and programs. He has expanded the library’s reach into the city’s diverse communities through partnerships with several community-based organizations. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience in public libraries, previously serving as the director of four libraries including the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.