Big Ideas Sessions

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New this year, the "Big Ideas" sessions will kick off Thursday and Saturday’s activities with top-of-mind topics discussed by industry leaders.


Thursday, September 27, 11 AM - 12 PM

A is for Advocacy

Librarians are called to embrace diversity and inclusion. Many of us take action by “Reading Without Walls” for “Windows and Mirrors” because we agree #WeNeedDiverseBooks. What do these mean, what does the research say, and what can we do to be more proactive and informed in advocating, decision-making, and working with all stakeholders to promote diverse literature? We present our perspectives and action steps to bring diverse literature front and center in libraries and classrooms.


Edith Campbell Headshot


Edith Campbell, Assistant Education Librarian, Cunningham Memorial Library, Indiana State University


Pat Enciso Headshot


Patricia E. Enciso,Professor of Literacy, Literature, and Equity Studies, Ohio State University



Jamie Naidoo Headshot

Jamie Campbell Naidoo, Ph.D., Foster-EBSCO Endowed Professor, University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies


Sarah Park Dahlen Headshot



Sarah Park Dahlen, Associate Professor, Master of Library and Information Science Program, St. Catherine University




Saturday, September 29, 7:30 – 8:30 AM

Building Baby’s Brain with Books

The first few years of life are critical in a child’s brain development. Exposing them to language and literacy from a very young age helps develop vocabulary and knowledge, and builds skills that prepare children for success in Kindergarten and beyond.  Learn about local and national efforts to spread the word about the importance of reading aloud to children from birth.


John Hutton Headshot


Dr. John S. Hutton, MS MD FAAP, Primary Care Pediatrician, Assistant Professor, Division of General and Community Pediatrics and Reading and Literacy Discovery Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital


Kathleen Moore Headshot


Kathleen Moore, Early Literacy Librarian, Dayton Metro Library