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.
9-9:45 am OPENING KEYNOTE
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
10-10:45 am WHAT A LIBRARIAN NEEDS
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
11-11:45 am UNDERSTANDING AND COMBATING BOOK BANS
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