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
 

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | Registration and Networking
 

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

Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal 
Jackie Nytes, CEO, Indianapolis Public Library
Vop Osili, President of the Indianapolis City-County Council
 

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM | Partnering by Impulse:

Hear from a dynamic innovator on the power of starting small, with one person, one vision, one partner. 
Shannon McClintock Miller, Innovation Director of Instructional Technology and Library Media, Van Meter School, IA
 

12:00 PM - 12:10 PM | Industry Spotlight - Baker & Taylor
 

12:10 PM - 1:15 PM | Lunch  
 

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM | Making Partnership a Practice, Integration with Vision

Four school and public library leaders discuss the evolution, implementation, and future of their unique partnerships, from seed ideas and nuts-and-bolts aspects to broad insight about sustainability and growth. This session will also touch on funding strategies, achieving buy-in from key community members and stakeholders, and strategizing for maximum impact.
Katie Cerqua, Youth and Family Services Manager, Virginia Beach Public Library
Kelli Shimabukuro, Chief, Programs and Outreach, Enoch Pratt Free Library & Maryland State Library

Resource Center 
Melissa Daggett, Coordinator, Library Media, Howard County (MD) Public Schools
Andrew Maxey, NBCT, Director of Special Programs, Tuscaloosa City Schools
Moderated by: Sarah Bayliss, Editor, News and Features, School Library Journal
 

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM | Sharing Space

Among the many forms of deep collaboration, sharing a single location can present unique opportunities as well as unique challenges. Our panel of school and public library leaders will discuss the varied collaborative structures that have arisen in their own systems—from the first steps of a nascent shared space through a mature collaboration—and how they’re addressing the diverse needs of their communities.
Lance Werner, Executive Director, Kent Library District
Susan Gregory, Library Director, Bozeman Public Library
Joanna Kluever, MA, MSLIS  Director, Julia Hull District Library 
Moderated by: Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor, Library Journal
 

2:45 PM - 2:55 PM | Industry Spotlight - Zoobean
 

2:55 PM - 3:15 PM | Break
 

3:15 PM - 4:00 PM | Focusing on Students: The Long Road to Success

What happens when a public library focuses first on addressing student achievement? Hear about how doing just that revolutionized partnering, programming, and outcome measurement at Columbus Metropolitan Library. 
Patrick Losinski, CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library
 

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

Three leaders reflect on the benefits and impacts of sharing resources across institutions, explore challenges and solutions, and share insights on the pros and cons.
Andrew Maxey, NBCT, Director of Special Programs, Tuscaloosa City Schools
Deb Lambert, Director of Collection Development, Indianapolis Public Library
Suzanna Panter, Program Manager, School Libraries, Tacoma Public Schools
Moderated by: Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal
 

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 Thoughts

Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal & School Library Journal
 

9:15 AM - 9:45 AM | Partnerships: A National Perspective on Strategies Large and Small

Schools and libraries across the country prove every day that working together benefits students. While all types of successful partnerships share characteristics, there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution. Building on tips from AASL/ALSC/YALSA's Public Library & School Library Collaboration toolkit and some personal lessons learned, Allison Barney will highlight strategies for building, maintaining, and expanding school and public library partnerships.
Allison Barney, Manager, Youth Services, Denver Public Library, and former Chair of AASL/ALSC/YALSA’s Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation
 

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM | Inside an Impactful Partnership

Gain insight into how the multi-faceted and intentional collaboration taking place between Hartford Public Schools and Hartford Public Library is transforming  the way that, together, these foundational institutions better address the needs of the students in their community. 
Bridget Quinn Carey, CEO, Hartford Public Library
Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools, Hartford Public Schools
 

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM | Break
 

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM | Prioritizing Partnership: A Leadership Discussion

What does it take to realize the benefits only possible through partnering? A panel of leaders will discuss the roles that inform and support success, the process of engagement and fostering sustainability, and the responsibility of stepping out of the comfort zone to create something new and better for kids, families, and communities. 
Jackie Nytes, CEO, Indianapolis Public Library
Dr. Smith, Superintendent of Lawrence Schools  
Patrick Losinski, CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Suzanna Panter, Program Manager, School Libraries, Tacoma Public Schools
Bridget Quinn Carey, CEO, Hartford Public Library  
Moderated by: Rebecca Miller
 

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Closing Keynote: Author and Community Organizer Maurice Broaddus 
 

12:00 PM | Closing Remarks 


12:30 PM - 1:15 PM | Optional Walking Tour of Indianapolis Public Library’s Central Library

A guided walking tour of the six story Central Library including notable art and architectural features will be provided by the Area Resource Manager of Central Library, Mike Williams. Highlights feature the historic Paul Cret designed building opened in 1917 and described by Architectural Forum as “…the most beautiful secular building in the United States, if not the most beautiful secular building produced in modern times.” The tour group will also enjoy the sweeping views of the Indianapolis skyline from the Evans Woollen designed expansion opened in 2007.

Keynote Speaker

 

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

 

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Allison Barney
Manager, Youth Services, Denver Public Library (CO)
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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)
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Susan Gregory
Library Director, Bozeman (MT) Public Library
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Deb Lambert
Director of Collection Management, The Indianapolis Public Library
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Pat Losinski
CEO, Columbus Public Library (OH)
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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
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Vop Osli
President of the Indianapolis City-County Council
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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)
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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)
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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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