Librarians Tapped to Deliver Lightning Talks at SLJ Summit 2022

K–12 librarians will take the stage at the 2022 SLJ Summit, delivering five-minute presentations in the event’s “lightning” portion of the program on November 6 in Minneapolis, MN.

K–12 librarians will take the stage at the 2022 SLJ Summit, delivering five-minute presentations in the event’s “lightning” portion of the program on Sunday, November 6 in Minneapolis, MN.

Attendees of the Summit—School Library Journal’s first in-person event in two years—were invited to submit proposals for fast-paced, high-interest talks. The proposals did not disappoint and cover a range of topics, from Dungeons & Dragons in the library to accessibility and advocacy. Cicely Lewis, 2020 School Librarian of the Year, will moderate the session.

“We’re delighted to feature community members throughout the SLJ Summit,” says SLJ editor in chief Kathy Ishizuka, “and the lightning round enables a showcase for the creative, meaningful efforts these librarians bring to their schools.”

The presenters are:

  • Christopher Harris, Genesee Valley (NY) BOCES
    “Libraries. Today...Tomorrow”
  • Courtney Park, Howard Connect Academy, TN
    “Power in Presentation: EOY Reports”
  • Gina Seymour, Islip (NY) High School
    “Grounding our Students: A Wellness Collaboration between School Librarian and School Social Workers”
  • Kris Jacobson, Glenbrook South High School, IL
    “Using surveys and focus groups to foster inclusion and equity in the Library”
  • Kristina Holzweiss, Syosset (NY) High School
    “School Library Advocacy on the Homefront”
  • Lucas Maxwell, Glenthorne High School, London, UK
    “Let’s Roll: Why You Should Be Playing Dungeons & Dragons in Your School Library”
  • Tom Bober, Clayton (MO) School District
    “5 Ways to Highlight Your Elementary Nonfiction in 5 Minutes”


Rooted in SLJ’s leading coverage at the convergence of K–12 and libraries, the Summit—now in its 18th year—welcomes the community to gather in an especially critical time for the profession, and the students and families that libraries serve.

For more information, visit the event page.


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