Confirmed 2020 Keynote Speakers:


Earl Lewis, Director and Founder, the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions

Noted social historian, award-winning author, and educational leader, Earl Lewis, is the founding director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions. Also the Thomas C. Holt Distinguished University Professor of History, Afroamerican and African Studies, and public policy, Lewis is president emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2013-18), one of the premier philanthropies supporting the arts, humanities, and higher education. At Michigan, Lewis and colleagues in the center are addressing four core areas of social concern: diversity and race, slavery and its aftermath, water and security, and the dignity of labor in an automated world. Prior to returning to Michigan and before leading the Mellon Foundation, he served as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Emory University as well as the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies (2004-2012). Read More

John Palfrey, President, MacArthur Foundation

John Palfrey is President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, one of the nation’s largest philanthropies with assets of approximately $7 billion, and offices in Chicago, Mexico City, New Delhi, and Abuja, Nigeria.

Palfrey is a well-respected educator, author, legal scholar, and innovator with expertise in how new media is changing learning, education, and other institutions. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a commitment to rigorous thinking, disruption, and creative solutions often made possible by technology, accessibility of information, and diversity and inclusion. Palfrey has extensive experience in social change spanning the education, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. Read More

The Long Arm of the Law Panel

Chaired by Ann Okerson, Senior Advisor, CRL (Center for Research Libraries)

Ann Shumelda Okerson is an internationally distinguished librarian and expert on the place of new digital technologies in libraries. She serves as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies for the Center for Research Libraries. She served as Associate University Librarian at Yale University, following 15 years of academic library and library management experience, experience in the commercial sector, and service as founding senior program officer for scholarly communications at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). She has made major contributions to understanding of serials pricing, electronic journals, licensing of electronic resources, and consortial purchasing of electronic materials. She has been a leader in international projects to build a Middle Eastern digital library and has worked broadly with libraries in the region.

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick, Executive Director and CEO of OhioNET

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick is the Executive Director and CEO of OhioNET, a multi-type library consortium based in Columbus, OH. She also runs her own consulting business. Previously she was the Associate Director of the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services (2015-2018), and the Director of Library Services at Marian University (2011-2015). Before entering librarianship, she practiced non-profit law. An ALA Spectrum Scholar (2005-2006), Nancy enjoys serving the ALA membership through appointments to the Committee on Professional Ethics (2020-2022) and the Spectrum Advisory Board (2020-2022). Nancy is particularly interested in change management, organizational development, and leadership models, especially as examined through an appreciative inquiry (AI) lens.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Drake University, a Juris Doctor from the TC Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of School Information, Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

Pamela Samuelson is the Richard M. Sherman ’74 Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and a Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.  She has written and spoken extensively about the challenges that new information technologies pose for traditional legal regimes, especially for intellectual property law.  She is co-founder and president of Authors Alliance. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), a Contributing Editor of Communications of the ACM, a past Fellow of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and an Honorary Professor of the University of Amsterdam.  She is also Chair of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.  She joined the Berkeley faculty in 1996 after serving as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School.  She has also visited at Columbia, Cornell, Fordham, Harvard, and NYU Law Schools. Read More

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