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.
Stephen led a team that received an ARIDO (Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario) Bronze Award in 1989. Stephen has been the Canadian Library Association, Outstanding Librarian of the Year 2011, the Special Libraries Association, John Cotton Dana Award 2003 and Fellow of SLA. Library Journal listed Stephen as a “Stephen Abram: Visionary - Top 50 People Who are Shaping the Future of Libraries and Librarianship”,Library Journal, March 2002. Stephen has won the University of Toronto, Faculty of Information iSchool, Alumni Jubilee Award 2001 and the Outstanding Teaching Award 2010. He was honoured with the AIIP Roger Summit Award winner 2009 and the Special Libraries Association, Public Relations Achievement Award 2000 and SLA LMD Management Leadership Award. He has served as a Dalhousie University, Visiting Scholar 2005, 2013, Chicago Public Library, Scholar in Residence 2006, and Edmonton Public Library, Leader in Residence, 2013.