BLC Forum

Our Annual Membership Meeting

BLC Forum is an opportunity for BLC's membership to meet and connect with colleagues old and new, receive updates on consortial activities, and discuss library issues and trends. Agenda vary from year to year, but typically feature keynote sessions, workshops, lightning talks and social/networking activities.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

University of New Hampshire
Memorial Union Building
9:30 AM - 4:15 PM EDT

Schedule and Format

The morning will feature a light breakfast, consortial updates from BLC leadership, and keynote address. This year's keynote address, "Advocacy in Libraries, Libraries in Advocacy," is led by Jennie Rose Halperin, Executive Director of Library Futures, the vanguard nonprofit organization providing librarians, library workers, policymakers, and community leaders with the tools, knowledge, and resources necessary to protect, advocate for, and advance a fair digital future for libraries and the communities they serve. This keynote will discuss the role of consortia in library advocacy and explore what the future of community-centered, effective action could look like in both physical and digital library spaces in order to promote equity and intellectual freedom for our communities and beyond. These morning sessions will be streamed for virtual attendees.

The afternoon will include opportunities to connect, share, and collaborate with fellow BLC members. We will feature presentations, panels, and lightning talks from BLC members to share innovative ideas, projects, and initiatives. Our host, the University of New Hampshire, will also offer curated library experiences, including tours and collection presentations. The day will conclude with BLC community meetings. 

We look forward to seeing you at UNH this June!









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New Connections

Meet new colleagues to strengthen your network and connect with your peers

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BLC Communities

Join colleagues to collaborate and exchange ideas about shared interests and current issues

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Library Tours

Explore collections and services at libraries across the region

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Hybrid Programming

Learn from peers and experts facilitating hybrid workshops and discussions

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Past Keynote Speakers


Nancy S. Kirkpatrick

Discovering Your (Secret?) Superpower 


Charles Vogl

Creating a Culture of Belonging


Lydia X.Z. Brown (advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist, and writer) 

Radical Inclusion and Disability Justice 

Delritta Hornbuckle (Fresno State) 

Legacy Persistence


DeEtta Jones (DeEtta Jones & Associates) 

Courageous Leadership 


Robert W. Livingston (Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University

Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion


David Ferriero (Archivist of the United States) 

Building Our Future Through Our Staff: Rethinking, Recruiting, and Retraining the Workforce in the 2020's


Elliot Felix (brightspot strategy) 

Building a Change-Ready Organization: Enabling Responsiveness and Resilience


Dan Cohen (Digital Public Library of America) 

Chris Bourg (MIT Libraries)  


Constance Malpas (OCLC Research)

Roger Schonfeld (Ithaka S+R) 


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