What If Every Session Was A Keynote?

That’s the question we asked ourselves when we were putting together this conference. We wanted every session to be a keynote level presenter.

That’s the question we asked ourselves when we were putting together this conference. We wanted every session to be a keynote level presenter. 

You might also notice that we don’t have librarians or library workers presenting at our conference. That’s because we want to make sure you will learn something new and unique from people you might never have heard from before. We also want to bring expertise and opinion from outside of librarianship to help infuse our industry with new ideas, strategies and tactics for rebuilding support for library funding. That why we brought in presenters from some of the largest campaigns, advocacy and fundraising organizations, and large corporations. We even hand-selected each and every one of our presenters instead of putting out an open call for sessions. We did all of this because we want to make sure that you get the absolute best!


Over 90% of library funding depends on the support of local voters and politicians.
This conference will train library workers, supporters, and advocacy groups to build support for local library funding.

For example, at this conference you’ll hear from:

  • Kim Crowder who has been featured twice by Forbes where she was named an Anti-Racism Educator Your Company Needs Now.
  • Chris Hayler who has worked on the Presidential campaigns of Al Gore, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton.
  • Celinda Lake, a prominent pollster and political strategist for progressives, who was a pollster for Vice President Joe Biden's 2008 presidential bid.
  • David Gravina who is the CEO & Founder of Do Gooder, a digital campaign platform that powers hundreds of campaigns in the U.S. and around the world.
  • Nora Benavidez who is the director of PEN America’s U.S. Free Expression Programs where she guides the organization’s national advocacy agenda on First Amendment and free expression issues. She was formerly a human rights litigator at ACLU of Georgia.
  • Justine Sarver who has more than twenty years of experience working on political campaigns, such as Obama’s presidential campaign, and experience building organizations and movements that promote social justice at the San Diego Labor Council, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and the ACLU of Northern California.
  • Kristin Murphy who is the Director of Federal Affairs at the Association for Accessible Medicines. She also worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) and on former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle’s re-election campaign in South Dakota (her home state).
  • Arnold Kling who earned a Ph.D in Economics from MIT in 1980 and has held positions at the Federal Reserve Board, Freddie Mac and wrote the book “The Three Languages of Politics”.
  • You’ll also hear from Susan Diegelman of AT&T, Vincenzo Piscopo of Coca-Cola, and Laurie A. Henneborn of Accenture as well as representatives from Facebook and Instagram, USPS, and more!

And that’s less than 1/4 of our amazing lineup! To see the rest visit lafcon.org. Don’t forget to check back often; we’ve been adding new sessions and presenters almost every single day. 

We're offering 50 complimentary registrations to students as well as unemployed and underemployed library workers thanks to the generous support of Mango Languages.

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