LJ & SLJ Public Library Youth Services Leadership Summit


Broward County Main Library

100 S. Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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The people shaping the future of youth services are creating the future of libraries. In libraries large and small, a strong approach to youth services fuels a first, fundamental relationship that can be lifelong. A strong strategy prioritizes early development around multiple literacies, connections that support and complement school curricula, and programming and collections that inspire independent reading, thinking, and creation.

Join us and a national group of youth services leaders and their administrators for this robust networking and educational program where we’ll explore the top thinking that leading libraries are applying to youth services, as well as emerging thinking on community engagement, co-creation of services, partnership to expand impact, personal leadership skills, and other groundbreaking approaches that you’ll be able to put into practice in your community.

Who should attend: Heads of youth services, emerging youth services leaders, library directors — send your teams!

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Thursday, March 12th 

9:00 - 10:00 AM | Optional Tour of Library

10:00 - 10:30 AM | Coffee and Registration

10:30 AM | Welcome Remarks: 

Meredith Schwartz, Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal
Kelvin Watson, Director of Libraries, Broward County, FL, Libraries Division 

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM | Keynote: Christian Zabriskie & Lauren Comito, LJ’s 2020 Librarians of the Year  and co-founders of Urban Librarians Unite 

Christian Zabriskie, Executive Director of Onondaga County Public Libraries, NY
Lauren Comito, Neighborhood Library Supervisor at Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard Library

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM | Youth Services: The Key to the Whole Community 

Katherine Debertin, Youth Programs and Services Manager at Hennepin County Library, MN
Other speakers TBA

11:45 AM  - Noon | Industry Spotlight TBA 1

Noon - 1:00 PM | Lunch and Networking

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | Unconference Part 1

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Everything I Need to Know about Library Leadership I Learned in Youth Services

Lucia Gonzalez, Library Director, City of North Miami, FL 
Allison Grubbs, Assistant Director, Broward County, FL

2:30 PM - 2:40 PM | Industry Spotlight TBA 2

2:40 PM -3:10 PM | Fostering the Love of Independent Reading and Learning

Trixie Dantis, Youth Services Manager, Arlington Heights Memorial, Library, IL
Other speakers TBA

3:10 PM - 3:30 PM | Break

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Literacy Partners Beyond the Library

Speakers TBA

4:00 PM - 4:10 PM | Industry Spotlight TBA 3

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM | Keynote: Gretchen Caserotti, Director of Meridian Library District, ID

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Reception

Friday, March 13th

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM | Continental Breakfast and Reflection

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | Keynote: Brian Bannon, Merryl and James Tisch Director, New York Public Library

10:00 AM - 10:10 AM | Industry Spotlight TBA 4

10:10 AM - 11:10 AM | Unconference Part 2

11:10 AM - 11:30AM | Break

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM | Industry Spotlight TBA 5

11:40 AM - 12:10 PM | Keynote: Kao Kalia Yang, A Map Into the World (Lerner/Carolrhoda)

12:10 PM -12:15 | Closing Remarks

Nefertiti Austin

Brian Bannon
Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education

Nefertiti Austin

Linda Braun
Learning Consultant

Nefertiti Austin

Gretchen Caserotti
Library Director, Meridian Library District

 Lauren Comito 

Lauren Comito
Neighborhood Library Supervisor at Brooklyn Public Library, Leonard Library

 Nefertiti Austin 

Trixie Dantis
Youth Services Manager at Arlington Heights Memorial Library (AHML)

 Nefertiti Austin 

Katherine Debertin
Youth Programs & Services Manager, Hennepin (MN) County Library

 Nefertiti Austin 

Lucia Gonzalez
Director of City of North Miami Library

 Nefertiti Austin 

Allison Grubbs
Assistant Director, Broward County Libraries

 Nefertiti Austin 

Tracie Hall
Executive Director, American Library Association

 Nefertiti Austin 

Kelvin Watson
Library Director, Broward County Libraries

Nefertiti Austin

Kao Kalia Yang
Author of A Map into the World (Lerner/Carolrhoda)

Christian Zabriskie

Christian Zabriskie
Founder and Executive Director of Urban Librarians Unite






























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