Featured Speakers

MLA 2016 Featured Speakers


Shannon McClintock Miller, Blogger, The Library VoiceScreen_Shot_2015-02-18_at_11.29.59_AM
Opening Keynote
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker and consultant who speaks about education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others, especially children.

In 2011, Shannon was awarded the Connecting People Shorty Award and was chosen to be part of the SLJ New Leaders Program in 2012. In 2013, she was named one of the Faces of Innovation from Broadband for America; one of 50 featured in the 2013 Center for Digital Education Yearbook; and one of the featured Connected Educators with the Connected Educators projects partnered with the US Department of Education.  In 2014, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker.

Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums. She is currently writing two children's book series with Cantata.

She serves on AASL Best Websites committee and STEM Task Force; Library Journal, Horn Book, and School Library Journal Advisory Board; EasyBib Advisory Board; BiblioNasium Advisory Board; eSchool Media Advisory Board; Canva Educational Advisors; GoNoodle Ambassador; United Tools for Schools Committee; eduBuncee Ambassdor; Remind and Tackk Educator, FableVision Ambassador, Social Media WRADvocate for LitWorld's World Read Aloud Day and Board of Advisors for In This Together Media. She has served as advocacy chair for IASL and Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council and School Library Monthly and Rosen Digital Library Advisory Boards.


Detroit SOUP featuring Executive Director Amy Kaherl
Thursday Keynote Lunch
Thursday, October 27, 2016
12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Amy Kaherl is the Executive Diamy_kaherl_bio_photorector of Detroit SOUP. Amy received her MA in Theology in 2008 from Fuller Theological Seminary.  Detroit SOUP is a microgranting dinner that celebrates creative projects in the city and has helped Detroiters giving back to Detroiters over $125,000 towards art, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and urban agriculture.  Amy and SOUP have recently been honored as a White House Champion of Change for their crowdfunding efforts and have been featured on the BBC, the front page of the Sunday Detroit Free Press and Detroit News, New York Times, NPR, Fast Company, O Magazine, Dwell Magazine, and NBC Nightly News (among other wonderful publications). While not running SOUP, Amy also moonlights as DJ Amy Dreamcatcher with the monthly party, Nothing Elegant.

SOUP is:Detroit_SOUP

a collaborative situation
a public dinner
a platform for connection
a theatrical environment
a democratic experiment in micro-funding
a relational hub bringing together various creative communities
a forum for critical but accessible discussion
an opportunity to support creative people in Detroit


Ben Bizzle, Founder, Library Market
Closing Keynote
Friday, October 28, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Headshot_Close_up_Color_under_2MBen Bizzle is a 2013 Library Journal Marketing Mover & Shaker and John Cotton Dana Award winner. He authored the 2015 ALA Editions book, Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library, offering strategies for innovative web development, marketing, and outreach for libraries. He is also a national speaker and library marketing consultant. In 2015, Bizzle founded Library Market (librarymarket.com), the first web development and marketing agency exclusively committed to the library industry. Prior to launching Library Market, Bizzle served for seven years as director of information technology and leader of the Creative Team at Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, where he focused on virtualizing library resources and extending the library’s reach beyond the library itself. Throughout his library career, Bizzle has developed a number of cost-effective ways to enhance the patron experience and increase community awareness of the value of public libraries.