SLA 2018 Keynote Presentations

The SLA 2018 Annual Conference will feature not one but three sought-after keynote speakers—one on each day of the event.

Monday, June 11, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Carla Hayden, the 14th and current Librarian of Congress, will deliver the keynote address at the Opening General Session of SLA 2018. The first person trained as a librarian to lead the Library of Congress in more than four decades, she is also the first woman and first African American to hold that position. Prior to her appointment by President Obama in 2016, she served as chief executive officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. She received the Librarian of the Year award from the Library Journal in 1995 in recognition of the outreach services provided by the Pratt Library to the Baltimore community during her tenure.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 | 1:30 p.m.

Sayeed Choudhury is the associate dean for research data management and the Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. He serves on the boards of the National Information Standards Organization and the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is the project owner for the Data Conservancy. His articles have been published in the International Journal of Digital Curation, the Journal of Digital Information, and Library Trends.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.

Wes Moore is an Army combat veteran and author who was born and grew up in Baltimore. His New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Other Wes Moore, details the fascinating intersection of his life with that of another man by the same name—one ended up a Rhodes scholar and decorated veteran, the other a convicted criminal. A White House Fellow (2006–2007) who served as special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Moore was one of Ebony magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders Under 30” for 2007 and Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in 2009.


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