Library Insights Summit

Library Insights Summit


Foreword Magazine is pleased to present an opportunity for publishers to engage with librarian innovators during a day-long, pre-ALA event focused on recasting the challenges facing the industry as opportunities. Librarians who are particularly focused on 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.

Program (PDF)




Meeting the Evolving Needs of Libraries: What Do Librarians Need from Publishers in Today’s Post-Pandemic World?
Featuring Sari Feldman, past president of ALA


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, their book selection process, seasonal considerations, how reviews and awards play into decisions, and suggestions for publishers on best practices to help them choose best books. With Jeremy Kitchen, Branch Manager, Chicago Public Library, Richard J. Daley Branch; Jessica Trotter, Collection Development Specialist, Capital Area District Libraries; and Mackenzie Ledley, Executive Director at the Pulaski County Public Library


Record numbers of titles were challenged in 2022 and the immediate future doesn’t look much different. How are librarians and libraries coping with book banning efforts? How can publishers support their counter-offensives?  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. With Lisa Varga, Executive Director of the Virginia Library Association and member of the inaugural cohort of the ALA Policy Corps; Skip Dye, Chair, United for Libraries Intellectual Freedom, Advocacy, and Public Policy and SVP, Library Sales and Digital Strategy at Random House; and Heather D. Hutto, Director of the Montfort & Allie B. Jones Bristow Public Library, Bristol, Oklahoma; and John Bracken, Executive Director of Digital Public Library of America/Banned Book Club

Kate DiCamillo

12-1:15 pm LUNCH and KEYNOTE 
Wings: The Power of Reading, Writing and Becoming Ourselves
Featuring author Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick


Developing a strong relationship with distributors and wholesalers is key to success at 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. With Doug Voss moderating (Ingram Library Services), Ann Lehue, Collection Development, Ingram Library Services, Brad Fish, Library & Education Sales, IPG; and Beth Reiser, VP of Merchandising, Baker & Taylor.


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. With Stephanie Anderson of Bookops/ New York Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library and Micah May of the Digital Public Library of America / Palace Project. Moderated by Claire Kelley, Seven Stories Press.

3:15-3:45 pm CLOSING REMARKS

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

All attendees are welcome to travel the exhibit floor renewing old connections and making new ones. 


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: ALAFW

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: ALAFW

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?