Sat, June 29
Advance tickets: $55 ($50 United for Libraries members); onsite tickets: $65.
Event code: UFL3
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Burnham 23AC
The traditional Specialized Outreach Services (SOS) luncheon presented by United for Libraries will feature Kent Oliver, director of the Nashville Public Library and former chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee. Oliver has an MLIS from Emporia State University and has worked in libraries in Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee. From November 2001 until 2012 he was executive director of the Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio, the 2009 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and recognized annually as a Star Library by Library Journal. His tenure as director of the Nashville Public Library, 2010 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, began in 2012. Oliver is a past president of two state library associations and has been the chair of two state library association intellectual freedom committees. A past member of many American Library Association committees and task forces, he is a former Kansas Chapter Councilor to the American Library Association’s Council, chaired ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee for four years and is a past member of the Executive Board of ALA. Oliver is a three-time president of the Freedom to Read Foundation.