Symposium on the Future of Libraries - Plenary Sessions

Join us each morning to explore what's next for communities, cities, and campuses. All plenary sessions are located in the Colorado Convention Center, Rm 405/407.

Libraries Transform - Education Innovation
Saturday, February 10: 8:30am - 10:00am

Education Innovation - Peter PiccoloPeter Piccolo is Executive Director of Innovation at the Imaginarium - Denver Public Schools Innovation Lab, which works to stimulate and support innovation across Denver to transform learning and public education systems.
Education Innovation - Nina SharmaNina Sharma is Managing Director at the University of Denver's Project X-ITE (Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship), a cross-disciplinary initiative and institutional hub for entrepreneurial education and engagement at the University of Denver.


Libraries Transform - Diversity & Equity
Sunday, February 11: 8:30am - 10:00am

Diversity and Equity - Elizabeth MartinezElizabeth Martinez has served as the Executive Director of the American Library Association and the director of the Los Angeles Public Library and played a key role in the creation of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, the Spectrum Scholarship Program, and the County of Los Angeles Public Library's Ethnic Resource Centers.
Diversity and Equity - Binnie Tate WilkinBinnie Tate Wilkin is an author, storyteller, library educator, and public library specialist in minority services, recognized for her creative approaches to children's services and programming.


Libraries Transform - Civic Innovation
Monday, February 12: 8:30 am - 10:00am

Civic Innovation - Margaret HuntMargaret Hunt is the Director of Colorado Creative Industries and Space to Create in the Governor's Office of Economic Development. CCI is responsible for advancing statewide creative economy strategies and includes the Creative District Program, Space to Create (affordable live/work spaces for the creative industries workforce and artists in rural communities), the Creative District Community Loan Fund, Art in Public Places, and grants to support the arts and career advancement grants for creative entrepreneurs.
Civic Innovation - Jake RishavyJake Rishavy is the Vice President of Innovation for the Denver South Economic Development Partnership and Co-Founder of the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance a statewide, multi-jurisdictional collaboration of public, private and academic sector leaders committed to accelerating the adoption of smart cities projects and initiatives in their respective communities.