Featured Speakers

Thursday, March 30, 2017

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

A Detroit Story: An Artist's Journey to Becoming a Picture Book Illustrator

FrancisVallejo_ShinolaFrancis Vallejo has worked in the gallery, animation, comic, editorial, photography,and apparel industries. It wasn't until he stumbled into the world of picture books did he feel like he found his artistic home. Join Vallejo as he recounts his youth growing up in inner city Detroit, spending his twenties in the South, and his move back to Detroit where his first picture book, Jazz Day, was released. His inspirations and techniques will be discussed along with how his Latino and Irish heritage informs his work and why diversity is essential to the literary world. 

Francis is a freelance illustrator and Professor of Illustration at the College for Creative Studies. 


12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

All about the Beat: Celebrating Literacy through Music, Rhythm, and Poetry

Eric Ode's presentation sponsored by Usborne Books & More.

600_Eric_on_fire_escape_print_versionYou don’t have to be a rock star to fill your library with music. You don’t have to be a musician to make a book really sing. Author, poet, and award-winning songwriter Eric Ode will share some fun, high-participation ideas and activities for teaching through song, music, and poetry. A former elementary teacher, Eric is the author of ten books for children including three poetry collections. His music has been recognized with six Parents’ Choice Awards, and his poetry has appeared in over two dozen anthologies.

Eric was a contributing writer of poetry and lyrics for the Grammy Award winning album All About Bullies...Big and Small (Cool Beans Music) and the Grammy nominated Around the Campfire (Prairie Dog Entertainment). 

Learn more about Eric on his website at www.ericode.com.


3:45 – 4:45p.m.

Book Trends General Session

Join The Baker & Taylor Children's and Teen Services (CATS) department as they focus this year’s session on the upcoming trend of diversity and acceptance in publishing for young patrons. Other pertinent book trends for children and teens coming out this spring and summer will be presented as well.  Come gain new insights for your programming and collection development during this fun, informative all-conference session!
Jill Faherty, Baker & Taylor; Rita King, Baker & Taylor


Friday, March 31, 2017

9:10 – 10:00 a.m.

Change Made Positive: Using Strategic Creative Thinking to Re-frame Problems into Opportunities

Pinky_McPhersonChange is a given in today’s workplace. It will not go away and is happening faster all the time. Organizations need to be prepared to deal with change in order to survive and thrive in this dramatically changing world. This presentation will discuss why it is important to use strategic clarity along with creative thinking to reframe problems into opportunities.
Pinky McPherson, PMc Consulting LLC





3:10 – 4:10 p.m.

Closing Keynote with Cory Doctorow

doctorow_headshotSaying we don't need libraries because we have the internet is like saying we don't need doctors because we have the plague.

Libraries are not book-lined internet cafes; they are information dojos where we train the badasses of tomorrow. Librarians are the historic honest brokers of truth, the alchemists who convert the base metal of data into precious information.

Information has eaten the planet, and our information policy still treats IT like it's a better way to look at porn or an efficient means of recruiting ISIS fighters or a video-on-demand service.

The kids who patronize our libraries aren't "digital natives." They're kids, and if they are reckless with their privacy, it's not because being born after Y2K conferred upon them the mystical ability to understand the true meaning of personal information. It's because they have the same lack of appreciation of long-term consequences that every kid has lacked since time immemorial.

Then, as now, kids relied on adults to give them the straight goods and safe spaces through which they could shape that recklessness into maturity. There's only one group of adults who understand good information hygiene.

Librarians know the truth: information is power. Unless we seize the means of information, it will be used to control us.