Jeff Kinney to Keynote SLJ Summit 2023

The "Wimpy Kid" author headlines SLJ's flagship annual event, featuring sessions on the biggest issues facing school librarianship, from empowerment in the face of book bans, to making the case to stakeholders and engaging the AI revolution.

Leaders of the profession will convene in Atlanta Dec. 1–3 for the School Library Journal (SLJ) Summit 2023. This year's theme: "A Vision for the Future."

Jeff Kinney will keynote the Summit, SLJ's flagship annual event, now in its 19th year. Bestselling author of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series, Kinney honored librarians during his recent book tour for the latest title in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer.

Over the weekend, the Summit will feature sessions on the most pressing issues facing the profession. Panels include: "Empowered in the Fight for Intellectual Freedom," "Recentering Reading," "Making the Case: How to Talk to StakeHolders," and "Are You Ready for the AI Revolution?"  

Breakout sessions will engage attendees in small groups to discuss session topics in depth, share ideas, and connect with peers.

Speakers and conversation facilitators include EveryLibrary executive director John Chrastka; Leander (TX) ISD district library coordinator and FReadom Fighters co-founder Becky Calzada; director of library services for the New York City School Library System Melissa Jacobs; and School Librarians of the Year Cicely Lewis, Amanda Jones, and K.C. Boyd.

The weekend will wrap with lightning sessions—five-minute presentations by school librarians on a topic of their choice. These include genrefying nonfiction in the elementary library, crafting quality AI prompts, and finding hope in difficult times.

The Summit is sponsored by: Mackin (platinum sponsor); Capstone (gold sponsor); ABDO, Beanstack, The Child's World, JLG, Lerner, Library Ideas, Playaway, Rosen, and TLC (silver sponsors); and Scholastic (author sponsor).

View the full program on the SLJ Summit 2023 page.

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