SLJ Leadership Summit 2019

School Library Journal is proud to bring the 2019 SLJ Leadership Summit to Baltimore. Now in its 15th year, our highly anticipated two-day event will revolve around the theme Equity and Access for All: Igniting Stakeholders for Success. Participants can expect a vibrant and vital conversation among more than 250 library and education leaders from around the country exploring key social and education topics, and how school libraries can foster a more equitable world.

The event will be held at Baltimore's Camden Yards Marriott on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22. Speakers include Dayvon Love of Baltimore United for Change; Michael Daria, Superintendent of Tuscaloosa (AL) City Schools, and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV). We’ll also hear from the Harry Potter Alliance, and much more.

The Summit, a robust national forum for the issues that are most important to librarians and the students they serve, is designed to help them in their critical work as school leaders. The event promises active learning, and plenty of time for reflection, collaboration, and networking with colleagues. Tours of local schools, vendor focus groups, and a literary walking tour are being planned as preconference activities on September 20.

Thanks to the support and commitment of SLJ Leadership Summit sponsors,  we can once again offer a limited number of qualified library leaders complimentary attendance to this year’s event. If you are taking a leadership role in creating strong and effective school libraries, we invite you to apply for one of these complimentary registrations and we will respond to your request within one week. Once these complimentary registrations have been claimed, additional registrations will be available for $250 (registration fee\value).


Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards

110 South Eutaw Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201 USA
Group rate: $164/night, plus applicable fees and taxes

Booking Link here

Group rate expires: Thursday, August 29, 2019

If you need further assistance, please email


Friday, September 20 - Preconference Events

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Optional School Tours
Visit schools in both Baltimore County and City – Bus transportation will be provided

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Sponsor-led Focus Groups


7:00 PM | Optional dinner with local librarians at nearby eateries

Saturday, September 21

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | Breakfast with the Sponsors

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM | REGISTRATION

10:00 AM | WELCOME
Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, School Library Journal & Library Journal
Who from Capstone, Capstone

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | OPENING KEYNOTE

Alla Murabit is a  Canadian physician, Meritorious Service Cross recipient, and one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocates appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations,. She is also a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM | Harry Potter Alliance
The Alliance is changing the world by making activism accessible through the power of story. Since 2005, they have engaged millions of fans through their work for equality, human rights and literacy.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Breakouts

• Topic One | Library of Congress Literacy Awardees
Hear  from Reading is Fundamental, America Score, Eastside Community School, Reach Inc and Learning Ally

• Topic Two | Harry Potter Alliance
Learn more about how you can implement a project in your community.

• Topic Three | Techshare “60 Minutes, 60 Tools”

• Topic Four | Encouraging Community Engagement
Little Free Library, Reading is Fundamental and Shout Mouse Press will discuss how to enhance community involvement

• Topic Five | Community Forum on Fighting Cuts Proactively

• Topic Six – Providing Equity for Our Students
School librarians April Waltham and Ali Schilpp will give examples on how they strive to achieve equity for their students.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | LUNCH  

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM | Dr. Susan Neuman  of NYU

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM | Tech and Computational Thinking
Nicky Rigg, Program Manager, Google
Marijke Visser, Associate Director & Senior Public Advocate, American Library Association

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM | BREAK

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Author Panel
Moderated by Daryl Grabarek, Editor, Curriculum Connections and Touch and Go
School Library Journal

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM | AUTOGRAPHING

6:00 – 7:00 pm | COCKTAIL RECEPTION – Featuring Local Authors

Sunday, September 22


Dayvon Love is a Baltimore-based political organizer and Director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LSD),a grassroots think tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people.  He is featured in the HBO documentary “Baltimore Rising”. The film documents both his youth education work around public policy as well as his legislative work around police reform.

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM | Government Panel
Congresswoman Susie Lee, Nevada
State Senator Janet Howell, Virginia

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Technology Dialogue

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM | Break


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM | Administrator Panel
Dr. Michael Daria of the Tuscaloosa City Schools

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Closing Keynote
Scott Pelley has been a reporter and photographer more than 45 years. He is best known for his work on 60 Minutes and as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Pelley’s work has been recognized with 3 duPont-Columbia Awards, 3 Peabody Awards, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and 37 Emmy Awards. Pelley is the most awarded correspondent in the history of 60 Minutes.




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