Conference 2018 Program

The August release of the Conference Program includes the conference schedule, session descriptions, keynote speakers, study tours, and conference activities! 
To download the Program, click HERE

To register for the conference, click HERE



Keynote Speakers

Dr. Deborah L. Mack Dr. Deborah L. Mack is the Associate Director in the Office of Strategic Partnerships at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Smithsonian Institution. She is responsible for overall planning, management and coordination of professional partnership programs and international activities. The Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP) at the National Museum of African American History and Culture serves as an outward-facing division responsible for leveraging NMAAHC research, programmatic initiatives and other museum professional resources that benefit African American and African Diaspora museums and related cultural institutions. OSP fulfills its mandate in the following ways: 1) Establishes strategic alliances to promote capacity building, organizational sustainability, professional development and institutional best practices, 2) Cultivates relationships within the Smithsonian, nationally and internationally with museum service, research and member organizations that serve cohorts of institutions, and 3) Supports NMAAHC research and programmatic initiatives.


Stephen Abram

Stephen Abram, MLS, a strategy and direction planning consultant for libraries, the culture sector and the information industry, is principal of Lighthouse Consulting Inc. He is also executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries where he represents Ontario’s over 300 public library systems to all levels of government.  He is a library trend watcher, keynote speaker, innovator and author of Stephen’s Lighthouse blog – the top blog in the sector globally – as well as hundreds of articles and a number of books.  He teaches at the graduate level at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information.  He has held executive leadership positions in libraries and at Cengage Learning (Gale), SirsiDynix, Thomson Publishing, ProQuest and IHS.  He has been president of the Ontario Library Association, the Special Libraries Association and the Canadian Library Association.


Important Deadlines for Invited Speakers:  
May 18, 2018: 
Author of proposal/lead contact to facilitate: 
  • Signed Speaker Agreement from ALL speakers in your session
  • Include updated session information as outlined above in your speaker agreement
  • Send all speaker photos, if not included with the initial proposal, to 
July 1, 2018: 
  • Register for conference
October 5, 2018: