Conference Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 10th

Theme: Libraries: Centers for Social Justice

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Mayor’s Literacy Room
Sponsored by Collection HQ/Baker & Taylor

Continental Breakfast – Stacks Open During Breakfast

Remarks from Jeff McDaniel

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions
Montgomery Auditorium

Marian Morgan-Bindonand Corinne Hill welcome, set the stage, basic housekeeping for the day.

Remarks from Karen Radulovich – Gale Cengage Learning

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote: Dr. John Jackson, Jr., University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice
Montgomery Auditorium
Sponsored by Gale

Dr. Jackson’s research examines racial and class-based differences in contemporary urban environments, including a focus on how urbanites themselves theorize and deploy those differences in everyday interactions. This keynote applies his research and begins our conversation about the public library as a foundational partner in the road to social justice.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Q+A

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break
Skyline Room/Terrace

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Reaching the Hard to Reach Panel
Skyline Room

  • 10:45 a.m. – New Americans – John Szabo – Los Angeles Public Library

    The City of Los Angeles entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with USCIS to provide citizenship outreach services throughout Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Public Library is the lead City department in this effort. To accomplish this task, LAPL joined the California Community Foundation Task Force on Citizenship and Immigration and the Mayor’s office to reach out to this underserved population. The library has been the key mover in this process. The establishment of “Citizenship Corners” in all 73 library locations that provide information and resources, meeting room space, and access to study materials, as well as a robust and information rich website, has established LAPL as the starting point on a person’s personal path to citizenship.

  • 11:00 a.m. – Why Libraries Need Social Workers – Charles Pitts and Michael Rabb – Free Library of Philadelphia

    In 2014 the Free Library introduced the concept of providing social workers as a support function not only for the disenfranchised customer — but for the library staff servicing these customers as all too often the staff is not skilled not trained in what can be a challenging interaction. Michael and Charles will review the work they are providing to the Library — what works and what are the challenges.

  • 11:30 a.m. – Public Role in Social Justice Issues – Nick Higgins – Brooklyn Public Library

    BPL’s Outreach Services department was formed in 2013 to plan and implement an inclusion strategy that targets Brooklyn’s immigrant, older adult and transitional populations, including people experiencing homelessness and incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. In supporting incarcerated individuals and their families BPL offers a range of services including video tele-conferencing for children and their incarcerated parents, mobile library service, and Daddy and Me early literacy programs. Using jail-based library services as a framework, we will discuss how libraries are uniquely poised to assume a stronger, and much more public role in critical social justice issues.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. – Q+A

    Moderated by Kenn Manns – Head of Volunteer Services, Free Library of Philadelphia

  • 11:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Remarks from Karen Estrovich and Steve Potash – OverDrive

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Skyline Room/Terrace

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Optional Tour of the Rare Book Room
Sponsored by OverDrive, Inc.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Reaching out with Literacy Panel
Skyline Room

  • 1:30 p.m. – Multi-Literacy Skills – Ritva Nyberg – Vantaa City Library

    Although literacy skills in Finland are at a high level, there are many individuals who lack some basic skills of modern society: literacy, numeracy or digital skills. Vantaa City Library has adopted a strategy which enable them to concentrate on advancing the multi-literacy skills of the people of the community through a framework of the values of the City of Vantaa: innovativeness, sustainable development, and social inclusion.

  • 1:45 p.m. – Digital Literacy – Arne Gundersen – National Library of Norway

    Digital Literacy-positioning public libraries through a national program.

    The Norwegian government has established a two-year program targeting digital literacy and participation. A main objective is to ensure collaboration between key public, private, and non-governmental actors who are already engaged in this area. How can libraries use the opportunities within a national program to sharpen their profile, promote their services, and build future structures?

  • 2:00 p.m. – Library and Customers: A Close Relationship – Montse Espuga – Library, Fot de la Mina

    The Library, Fot de la Mina, is an example of a “social library” and how to adjust to the environment. It opened in 2009 and in order to become a cultural reference in the neighborhood it was necessary to adapt the space and the services offered. We realized specific programs for adults and children with a low reading and writing comprehension and/or live outside formal education.

  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Q+A

    Moderated by Nani Manion – Assistant Chief of Staff – Free Library of Philadelphia

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Skyline Room/Terrace

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Reaching out with Literacy Panel II
Skyline Room

  • 2:45 p.m. – Making as Literacy – Charles Sutton – Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

    Making as Doing to Making as Literacy: An Approach to Making Makers

    Mr. Sutton will explore the concept of making as literacy and its influence on making in the public library context. Readers and program participants will understand how to apply pedagogy, contextually relevant program design and assessment methodologies to shift from making as doing to making as literacy.

  • 3:00 p.m. – Using ICT – Kosi Kadeem – Ghana Library Authority Board

    Using ICT as an effective tool to promote 21st century literacies in public libraries within the context of UN 2030 sustainable goals 4.6 and 16.10

    This presentation will highlight the importance of ICT as a necessary tool, and not a rival, to help promote 21st Century Literacies in the public library without deviating from the core mission and values of the public library or sacrificing its identify. The relevance of 21st Century Literacies in Public Libraries as to the UN Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, with particular reference to Goals 4.6 (literacy and numeracy by 2030) and 16.10 (public access to information by 2030) will also be examined.

  • 3:30 p.m. – Growing Brampton’s Creative Economy – Makerspace Creative Hub @ Brampton Library – Rebecca Raven – CEO – Brampton Public Library and Kelly Stahl – Senior Advisor, Economic Development – City of Brampton

    It all started with an Economic Development strategy; a desire to grow Brampton’s creative economy. Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies, Brampton Library, and the City of Brampton’s Economic Development Office came together to establish the MakerSpace Creative Hub @ Brampton Library. Combining equipment and technology with community engagement and education to help users design, prototype and create, the Hub is a great place to use advanced manufacturing tools, participate in peer-to-peer learning, and develop 21st century job skills. But the real story is the partnership build – academic institution, municipal government, public library, entrepreneurs, and private industry.

  • 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – Q+A

    Moderated by Rebekah Ray – Manager, Business Resource and Innovation Center (BRIC) – Free Library of Philadelphia

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Montgomery Auditorium

Remarks from Marian Morgan-Bindon and Corinne Hill

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Skyline Room/Terrace

Remarks from Joe Agati – Agati Furniture

Thursday, August 11th

Theme: The Public Library: Making a Place

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Mayor’s Literacy Room
Sponsored by Envisionware

Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions
Montgomery Auditorium

Marian Morgan-Bindon and Corinne Hill welcome, set the stage, basic housekeeping for the day.

Remarks from Carl Thompson – Counting Opinions

9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Creative Spaces for Learning: Designing for the Civic Commons and Communal Spaces
Montgomery Auditorium


  • 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Keynote: The Civic Commons – Carol Coletta – Kresege Foundation

    Carol Coletta is a senior fellow with The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice. She is leading a proposed $40 million collaboration of foundations, nonprofits, and governments to demonstrate the ways in which a connected set of civic assets — a civic commons — can yield increased and more widely share prosperity for cities and neighborhoods.

  • Jim Keller, Architect – J R KELLER LLC

    James R. Keller, Design Architect for the Free Library of Philadelphia – Building Inspiration Project, presents the design and prototype development for this ambitious place-making program. James will explain how four distinct historic buildings will be converted into accessible, adaptable, inviting places to serve an updated service model – with the community, city agencies, and the Library Team as partners.

  • 10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. – David Fierabend, MLA, ASLA – Groundswell Design Group

    David Fierabend is founder of Groundswell Design. Before establishing the multidisciplinary studio in Philadelphia in 2007, Fierabend enjoyed a 16-year retail career serving the CBDs of major Northeastern cities. Fierabend’s second act combines his urban revitalization work with a lifelong passion for the outdoors, by specializing in tactical interventions like the widely acclaimed Spruce Street Harbor Park. Groundswell has activated numerous other urban spaces with Harbor Park client Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, as well as Philadelphia’s Center City and University City districts, according to deeply held principles of locality and dynamism. The firm also applies this approach to an extensive hospitality portfolio.

  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Q+A

    Moderated by Siobhan Reardon – President and Director – Free Library of Philadelphia

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Coffee Break
Skyline Room/Terrace

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Placemaking Spaces and Learning: How Spaces Drive Positive Learning Experiences
Montgomery Auditorium


  • 11:45 a.m. – Playing with Literature – Jakob Lærkes – Gladsaxe Bibliotekerne Denmark

    Public libraries can play a pivotal role in making young children ready for school — by making it fun to learn how to read. In Gladsaxe, Denmark, a new themed playground will bring famous stories, characters, and entire literary worlds to life and open young children’s eyes to the magic of reading. Spontaneous play in lush and green settings will merge with learning activities and become a vital factor in the library’s new and innovative early literacy initiative. An initiative, which also emphasizes strong collaboration and co-production with local daycares, schools, and parents.

    Jakob Guillois Lærkes is Director of Gladsaxe Libraries and member of IFLA’s Public Libraries Section. His work focuses on developing future public library services and spaces.

  • 12:00 p.m. – Meredith Levine – Chattanooga Public Library

    Ms. Levine is the Youth Services Coordinator for the Chattanooga Public Library where she is creating a new model of learning spaces. The 14,000 sq. ft. (1,300 m2) youth department is spatially arranged to provide intentional and organic opportunities for collaborative and informal learning. Her most recent project is a 1,000 sq. ft. (93 m2) recording studio being built in the youth department, funded by local area foundations.

  • 12:15 p.m. – Knut Schults – Dokk, Aarhus, Denmark

    Dokk1 in Selfie Perspective

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Q+A

    Moderated by Tiffany Nardella – Special Projects Manager, Customer Engagement – Free Library of Philadelphia

  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.

    Remarks from Patrick Morgan – The Knight Foundation

1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Skyline Room

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Group 1 – Heath Literacy – Crossing the Food Desert Session
Skyline Room

Group 2 – Health Literacy – Hands on Workshop

3:40 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Group 1 – Health Literacy – Hands on Workshop

Group 2 – Heath Literacy – Crossing the Food Desert Session
Skyline Room

5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Montgomery Auditorium

Remarks from Marian Morgan-Bindon and Corinne Hill

Friday, August 12th


10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Lovett Library
6945 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-2189
(Germantown Ave. & Sedgwick St.)

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

South Philadelphia Library
1700 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-2392
(Broad & Morris Sts.)

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Thomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library
1935 Shunk Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145-4234
(20th & Shunk Sts.)

Time Permitting

Spruce Street Harbor Park
Spruce Street and S. Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12:00 p.m.

Return to Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
1-833-TALK FLP (825-5357)