Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote | Kaetrena Davis Kendrick

“Isolating Morale: A Dilemma for Library Leaders”

Monday, March 15 from 1-3 p.m. Eastern


Kaetrena Davis Kendrick earned her MSLS from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. She is Dean of Ida Jane Dacus Library and Louise Pettus Archives & Special Collections at Winthrop University (Rock Hill, S.C.). 


Kendrick’s research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of communities of practice in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and the author of two annotated bibliographies centering international students’ library experiences and the development of equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in United States academic libraries. She is well-known for her benchmark studies and scholarly commentary on comparative international librarianship, student life experiences, communities of practice, minority librarian recruitment, and the impacts of advocacy, culture, systems, and organizational behavior and development on the well-being of library employees. In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Learn more about Kaetrena’s mission and activities.

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Closing Keynote | Emily Drabinski and Kelly McElroy

“Building Our Power: Management and Labor in Libraries”

Friday, March 19 from 3:15-5 p.m. Eastern


Emily Drabinski is Interim Chief Librarian at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Prior to this, she spent more than 15 years as a unionized librarian, moving from rank and file to local secretary and finally president of her local union following a management lockout. She writes and presents widely on topics related to power in and through library systems and structures.

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Kelly McElroy is an associate professor and the Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian at Oregon State University. She was a member of the bargaining team for the inaugural collective bargaining agreement for her union, United Academics OSU, and currently serves as Executive Vice-President.

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