2021 Annual Conference


Held Virtually on May 10-14, 2021


Meet our keynote speakers!

Deborah Schander began her tenure as State Librarian in 2021. Prior to joining the Connecticut State Library, she was an educator and law librarian, serving in library administration at Seton Hall University and Vanderbilt University as well as working at law libraries in Georgia and California. She holds a JD and an MLIS from Florida State University (2007). She writes and speaks on a variety of topics including legal research instruction, leadership development, personnel management, technology, and library outreach. Deborah is past chair of the Professional Engagement, Growth, and Advancement special interest section of the American Association of Law Libraries as well as past president of the Atlanta Law Libraries Association.


Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, LEED AP, works with library leaders to ensure libraries are vital, visible, and viable. A passionate advocate for libraries, Rebekkah currently serves as the executive director of the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY). Rebekkah is the author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World and Resilience, part of the Library Futures series from ALA Editions; the co-founder of the award-winning Sustainability Libraries Initiative; and serves as an advisory board member for the Center for the Future of Libraries. Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Rebekkah speaks internationally on the topic of libraries as leaders for a more vibrant future for us all.


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Susan Ray, Simsbury Public Library     [email protected]

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