Lead your communities into the future

Your library is a critical catalyst for the communities you serve, whether students, faculty and researchers, or individuals with wide-ranging needs. But you also interact with related communities within your geography or institution—other departments, funding bodies, and partners. And then there’s your professional community—from local colleagues, to broader networks and organizations, extending to libraries around the world.

How can you provide leadership that creates opportunities for real change? What programs and services will transform the lives of the people and groups you support? What role should the library of tomorrow play, and what should we be doing today to prepare for those contributions?

Learn from library colleagues, OCLC leadership, and experts from outside the library community to:

Exceed user expectations
Meet evolving needs

Create measurable impact
Become indispensable

Lead with technology
Innovate with confidence

Build powerful networks
Achieve more together

Our featured speakers

Our high-energy, two-day agenda is designed for attendees from all types of libraries. This year’s featured speakers include:

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Doug Ulman

President and CEO, Pelotonia, a rapidly growing non-profit that funds lifesaving cancer research

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Pam Sandlian Smith

Director, Anythink Libraries in Adams County, Colorado, one of the nation’s most recognized library brands

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Skip Prichard

OCLC President and CEO and author of Wall Street Journal bestseller The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future

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Alyce Sadongei

Project Coordinator for the American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI) at the University of Arizona

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Retha Hill

Executive Director of the New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University

Hear why fellow library leaders think that you should attend the Library Futures Conference

Calling all library leaders

This conference was created especially for current and emerging library leaders across all library types—academic and research, public, special, and others. Librarians and staff with these titles and areas of focus will benefit from this meeting:

  • Library director
  • Dean of libraries
  • University/college librarian
  • City librarian
  • Head/director of access services
  • Head/director of reference services
  • Head/director of technology
  • Head/director of tech services
  • Associate directors of libraries or library divisions

We welcome all staff members from OCLC member libraries who would like to join this strategic discussion around library futures.

Please direct questions about event participation to oclcevents@oclc.org.

Member-driven programming

The programming and agenda are led by a Program Committee of respected leaders from the Americas Regional Council, which spans all library types:

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Debbie Schachter

ARC Chair 2019-2020 University Librarian, Capilano University

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John DeSantis

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Dartmouth College

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Mary Konkel

Head of Technical Services, College of DuPage

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Kathy Ray

Dean, University Libraries and Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of Nevada, Reno

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Eric Suess

Director, Marshall Public Library


About OCLC membership

All OCLC member libraries within the Americas region—Canada, United States, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America—are part of the OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC). All members are encouraged to attend member meetings and community activities, to share insights through various member forums and channels, and to participate in elections and governance. Learn more about ARC and OCLC governance.