2024 Library Insights Summit

Library Insights Summit

COMMUNITY, COLLABORATION, AND SUPPORT

Join book publishers, librarians, and library-industry professionals for a day-long intensive focused on strengthening the publisher-librarian relationship. Rural and urban librarians devoted to building inclusive communities will serve as special guests, and their guidance will provide a template for publishers to work more successfully with libraries across North America. Book bans, wholesalers, ebooks, and collection development will also be discussed. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn, network, and invest in your bottom line.

Schedule – as of 5.24.2024

9:00 – 9:30 am: OPENING KEYNOTE: JOHN CHRASTKA, EveryLibrary
9:30 – 10:30 am: MEETING THE NEEDS OF COLLECTION DEVELOPERS
10:45 – 11:45 am: BUILDING BRIDGES TO END BOOK BANS
Noon – 1:00 pm: LUNCH and KEYNOTE: AI AND THE FUTURE OF IDEAS
1:00 – 1:50 pm: EXPLORING eBOOK OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
2:00 – 2:50 pm: LESSONS FROM LIBRARY WHOLESALERS
3:00 – 3:45 pm: AFTERGLOW
4:00 – 5:30 pm: ALA Annual Conference OPENING GENERAL SESSION
5:30 – 7:00 pm: EXHIBITS OPENING RECEPTION

* Details will be added as they are confirmed

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THE PROGRAM

9:00 – 9:30 am: OPENING KEYNOTE: JOHN CHRASTKA, EveryLibrary

There are a lot of concerns across our ecosystem about external pressures - from legislation and censorship, to changes in consumer behavior and media consumption. But it is because of those external threats that our ecosystem also needs to build Community around the culture of reading through authentic Collaborations and legitimate Supports. 

 

9:30 – 10:30 am: MEETING THE NEEDS OF COLLECTION DEVELOPERS

A panel of acquisition librarians from a variety of different sized branches discuss their common joys and challenges, including what makes a compelling project in particular genres, the book selection process, seasonal considerations, categories they would like to see more content, how reviews and awards play into decisions, and suggestions for publishers on pitching their new books.

Sarah Jones, Director, City of Carlsbad Public Library, Carlsbad, NM; Amy Dissmeyer, Director, Hastings Public Library, Hastings, NE; Sarah Johnson, Associate Director of Collection Services, Mid-Columbia Libraries, Kennewick, WA; Dr. Corinthia Price, Librarian, Green Vale School, Old Brookville, NY
 

10:45 – 11:45 am: BUILDING BRIDGES TO END BOOK BANS

How are librarians and libraries coping with book banning efforts? How can publishers support their ability to choose books without threats or undue pressure? As a publisher, how can you help librarians as advocates for free and open access to books? A panel of librarians and experts share their challenges and process ideas with the audience. 

Moderator: Jason Low, Publisher/Co-owner, Lee & Low Books; Panel: Skip Dye, Public Policy and SVP, Library Sales and Digital Strategy, Penguin Random House; Misty Jones, Director, San Diego Public Library; Joyce McIntosh, Assistance Program Director, Freedom to Read Foundation; Ashley Mireles-Guerrero, Director of Sales and Marketing, Familius

12:00 – 1:00 pm: LUNCH and KEYNOTE: AI AND THE FUTURE OF IDEAS

Large language models, deep fakes, a future informed by endless AI outputs. It’s easy to focus on the new threats emerging technologies pose to society. But what if these very real concerns are simply new symptoms, rather than the actual illness? Jared Schroeder contends the AI-revolution requires we take a fresh look at the space for discourse. He argues emerging technologies have changed the features and contours of the flow of ideas, but we’re still using old, now-incorrect maps. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion about AI and the future of ideas. Schroeder is the author of The Structure of Ideas: Mapping a New Theory of Free Expression in the AI Era (Stanford University Press, July 1).
 

1:00 – 1:50 pm: EXPLORING eBOOK OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

The library ebook landscape has been evolving over the past decade, and libraries saw strong interest in digital content including ebooks and audiobooks during the pandemic. In this session, a librarian, digital aggregator, and publisher will discuss lending models, libraries’ challenges to meet patron demand with their budgets, and ways to increase transparency in data—with the goal of increasing collaboration between librarians and publishers directly. 

Moderator: Cory Verner, President, Unlimited Listens; Panel: Alan S. Inouye, Sr. Director, Public Policy & Government Relations, ALA; Skip Dye, Public Policy and SVP, Library Sales and Digital Strategy, Penguin Random House; John Bracken, Executive Director, dp.la; Lauren Cannavino, Manager of Publisher Account Services, OverDrive

 

2:00 – 2:50 pm: LESSONS FROM LIBRARY WHOLESALERS

Developing a strong relationship with distributors and wholesalers is key to success at selling into libraries. A panel representing some of the more successful vendors will identify ways their key publishers are making headway in a competitive market and share best practices for how to do more business with them. 

Moderator: Doug Voss, Senior Sales Representative, Ingram Library Services; Panel: Anne Lehue, Director of Collection Development and Metadata, Ingram Collection Development; Tarita Murray, Director of Inside Sales, Baker & Taylor; David Hargrave, VP of West Sales, Baker & Taylor 

 

3:00 – 3:45 pm: AFTERGLOW  Continued networking with wine service

 

4:00 – 5:30 pm:  ALA Annual Conference OPENING GENERAL SESSION
Attendees are invited to join their librarian colleagues at the Conference Opening General Session featuring Trevor Noah.

 

5:30 – 7:00 pm: EXHIBITS OPENING RECEPTION
All attendees are welcome to visit the exhibit floor renewing old connections and making new ones.

REGISTRATION

Registration for this event will be available as an additional Ticketed Event through the ALA Registration System. 

A. Exhibitors interested in registering for the Library Insights Summit Publishers Conference: after the main booth contact registers staff for Exhibitor Badges, the main contact can then add “Library Insights Summit” registration under “Ticketed Events”. Event code: ALA2

When you are onsite and go to Exhibitor Registration, you will receive your exhibitor badge and your ticket to the Library Insights Summit.

B. Non-exhibitors interested in registering for the Library Insights Summit Publishers Conference: You can register through the Attendee Registration site, where you will first create a profile on the ALA portal, and then be directed to the Annual Conference Attendee Registration Site. From the ALA Attendee Registration site, if you are just attending the Library Insights Summit, select “Single Session” Registration, proceed through the registration process and select “Library Insights Summit” on the ticketed event page. Event code: ALA2

When you are onsite and go to Attendee Registration, you will receive your attendee badge and ticket to the Library Insights Summit.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact ALA Registration at [email protected].

Let us know if you're interested in Exhibiting!