Achieving Together: Activating the Partnership Continuum Between Schools and Public Libraries

Join Library Journal, School Library Journal and school and public library leaders from across the country for our second annual convening on school district and public library partnerships.

This two-day event will explore the many benefits of partnering across institutions, to drive equitable access to information, improve community outcomes, and achieve learning goals.

The event’s arc will follow the continuum of collaboration from informal partnerships to fully-integrated services and will take a deep dive into impact and benefits to deliver learning outcomes for participants.

Time will be allotted for networking, tours and discussion groups so you can make meaningful connections and collaborate with other participants.

Program and presenter details are coming soon, but don’t wait!

Registration is open to public and school library leaders, school administrators, city/civic officials and literacy leaders. If you are unsure if you meet this criteria, please email your request.

If you are a service provider and would like to sponsor the event, please contact Advertising Director Roy Futterman.

Click here to secure your place today.



Day 1 - Thursday, Oct. 3

7:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Optional Morning Tour of Local Libraries

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Registration, Mid-Morning Snack and Networking 

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM | Welcome to the Partnership Continuum 

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | Partnering by Impulse: The Power of Starting Small, with One Person, One Vision, One Partner

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Lunch  

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM | Making Partnership a Practice: Integration with Vision

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM | Partnerships: A State of the Union 

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM | Space Sharing

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Refreshment Break

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Strategically Maximizing Impact

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Deep Resource Sharing: Benefits and Impacts

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Networking Reception, Center for Black Literature and Culture 

Hosted by Indianapolis Public Library

Day 2 - Friday, Oct. 4

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Breakfast and Networking

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM | Welcome and Reflection

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM | Inside an Impactful Partnership 

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM | Industry Spotlight

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM | Refreshment Break

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | Prioritizing Partnership: A Leadership Discussion

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Closing Keynote 

12:00 PM | Closing Remarks 

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Optional Delegate Activities - TBA

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Allison Barney
Manager, Youth Services, Denver Public Library (CO)

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Maurice Broaddus
Writer/Afrofuturist at the Kheprw Institute/Teacher at The Oaks Academy

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Katie Cerqua
Youth and Family Services Manager, Virginia Beach Public Library (VA)

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Melissa Daggett
Coordinator, Library Media, Howard County Public School System (MD)


Susan Gregory
Library Director, Bozeman (MT) Public Library

Deb Lambert
Director of Collection Management, The Indianapolis Public Library

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Pat Losinski
CEO, Columbus Public Library (OH)

Andrew Maxey
Director of Special Programs, Tuscaloosa City Schools

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Shannon Miller
Innovation Director of Instructional Technology and Library Media, Van Meter Schools (IA)

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Jackie Nytes
CEO, The Indianapolis Public Library


Vop Osli
President of the Indianapolis City-County Council

Suzanna L. Panter, NBCT, M. Ed
Program Manager, School Libraries for Tacoma Public Schools

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Bridget Quinn-Carey
Chief Executive Officer, Hartford Public Library (CT)

Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriquez
Superintendent of Schools, Hartford Public Schools (CT)

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Kelli Shimabukuro
Chief, Programs and Outreach, Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore (MD)

Dr. Shawn Smith
Superintendent of MSD of Lawrence Township, IN

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Lance Werner
Executive Director, Kent District Library (MI)

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