2020 Annual Fall Mini-Conference:
A Look Back As We Move Forward
Wednesday November 4, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Join us for a Conversation with our Featured Speaker
Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director, American Library Association
Tracie Hall is no stranger to libraries, or to ALA. Over the years, she has worked at the Seattle Public Library, the New Haven Free Library, Queens Public Library and Hartford Free Public Library. In 1998, she was among the first cohort of ALA’s Spectrum Scholars, a grant program to diversify librarianship, and she served as the director of ALA’s Office for Diversity in the early 2000s. Hall is the 10th executive director and the first female African-American executive director in ALA’s history.
Opening Remarks & Moderator
Keith Stokes, Vice President, 1696 Heritage Group
Keith Stokes has a long and distinguished career in business and community development. His past professional positions have included Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Stokes is a frequent lecturer with an expertise in early African and Jewish American history. Stokes frequently appears on national historical programs including C-SPAN, Fox News Legends & Lies, and Ted Talks.
Karen Mellor, Chief of Library Services
State of Rhode Island, Office of Library & Information Services
Karen Mellor began her career at OLIS in 1999 as a Library Program Specialist. Throughout her time at OLIS, she has worked to construct both physical and virtual libraries. She is especially interested in integrating emerging technologies with traditional library services to develop local libraries as critical community centers for learning and discovery.
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