Library Journal Directors' Summit



Library Journal invites director-level leaders at public libraries to join us for our 2024 Directors’ Summit, being held Nov. 7-8 at Richland Public Library in Columbia, SC. 

This annual day-and-a-half of interactive thought-leadership, learning and networking will spotlight ways that library leaders - often isolated in their work – are effectively tackling the many complex and difficult challenges of library management.    

Topics for the event’s sessions and breakouts are curated by LJ’s editorial team based on a survey of event registrants, as well as input from the event’s advisory board of library directors.  The agenda is currently under development so stay tuned! Click here to see last year’s program.   

Who should attend: This event is exclusively for director-level leaders at public libraries. If you work in a different type of library and/or are in a leadership position with a different title and would like to request an invitation, please email us at  



If you have questions about the Summit, please email them to  


Dr. Sandra Hirsh is Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San José State University (SJSU). She previously served as professor and director of the SJSU School of Information and worked at HP Labs, Microsoft, and LinkedIn. She is past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). Her book about the future of libraries, Library 2035: Imagining the Next Generation of Libraries, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in March 2024 


Patrick Losinski recently retired as CEO of Columbus Metropolitan Library after 22 years. He was the director of three other library systems and previously served on the State Library Boards of Illinois and Colorado, Board Chair of the Urban Libraries Council, and as a Governing Board member of the International Federation of Library Associations. 


Kent Oliver is currently an ALA Senior Fellow working with the Public Policy and Advocacy Office's Policy Corps Cadre  supporting Unite Against Book Bans.  Prior to joining ALA Kent was Director of the Nashville (TN) Public Library and the Stark County District Library in Canton Ohio.  He is a native Kansan who has also managed public libraries in Kansas and Missouri.  He is a member of the Freedom to Read Foundation Board of Directors. 


As executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Kelvin Watson oversees 25 branches run by 600+ employees, spanning 8,000 square miles, with a budget of $77 million and a collection of 3.2 million items. Kelvin has brought innovative, award-winning leadership to Nevada’s largest library system and his deep experience in fundraising, technology, program development, and demonstrated success in addressing the digital divide has brought a new era to this library system. Regarded as one of the most highly respected thought leaders in the library industry, Kelvin has been credited, in multiple library management roles, with expanding his customer base through outreach efforts to underserved and diverse populations. 









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LJ Directors' Summit Advisory Board

John Szabo, City Librarian, LA Public Library

Jessica Dorr, Director, Boise Public Library

Brigitte Blanton, Director, Greensboro Public Library

Gayle Holloman, Executive Director, Fulton County Public Library, GA

Kristen Sorth, Director and CEO, St. Louis County Public Library

Lisa Varga, Executive Director, Virginia Library Association

Melissa Schneider, Executive Director, Winter Park Public Library, FL

Kimberly Johnson, CEO, Tulsa Public Library

Felton Thomas, Executive Director and CEO, Cleveland Public Library

Lisa Kropp, Director, Lindenhurst Memorial Library

Sonia Alcantara-Antoine, CEO, Baltimore County Public Library

Melanie Huggins, Executive Director, Richland Library


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