Re-Think It 2018 - Libraries for a New Age, January 8-10, 2018

Introducing the 2018 Re-think it Keynote Speakers!

We are thrilled to announce these distinguished library leaders.


Brian Mathews

Brian Mathews is the associate dean for learning at the Virginia Tech Libraries. He oversees a wide array of commons areas, reading rooms, classrooms, studios, labs, and other specialized environments. He also guides learning engagement efforts including first-year experiences, general education integration, liaison outreach, instructional design services, and many other initiatives. Brian is a learning strategist developing campus-wide programs for digital literacy, active learning curation, and ePortfolios, and he is a stakeholder member of Virginia Tech’s Creativity & Innovation District.

Brian has previously served as an assistant university librarian at the University of California Santa Barbara and as a user experience librarian and liaison to the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. He also worked at the George Washington University Libraries as an instructional services librarian.


American Library Association Presidents, Past & Present

Jim Neal

Jim Neal is University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University. He served as the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University during 2001-2014, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of twenty-two libraries. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York.

Neal is President of the American Library Association. He has served on the Council and Executive Board, and was ALA Treasurer during 2010-13. He is a member of the OCLC Board of Trustees. He has served on the Board and as President of the Association of Research Libraries, on the Board and as Chair of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), on the Board and as Chair of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and on the Board of the Digital Preservation Network. He is on the Board and has served as Treasurer of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and is on the Board and has served as Treasurer of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). He has also participated on numerous international, national, and state professional committees, and is an active member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). He is a member of the Library Advisory Board of the University of the People.

Neal is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, consultant and published author, with focuses in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, and library cooperation. He has served on the Scholarly Communication committees of ARL and ACRL and as Chair of the Steering Committee of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. He has served on the university press boards at Columbia, John Hopkins and Indiana. He has represented the American library community in testimony on copyright matters before Congressional committees, was an advisor to the U.S. delegation at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) diplomatic conference on copyright, has worked on copyright policy and advisory groups for universities and for professional and higher education associations, and during 2005-08 was a member of the U.S. Copyright Office Section 108 Study Group. He was chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 National Conference, and coordinated the fundraising for the IFLA 2016 scholarship program.

Julie Todaro, PhD

Dr. Julie Todaro is the Dean of Austin Community College (ACC) Library Services. Her professional career includes academic library manager, graduate school library educator, and she has experience working in public librarians and is a certified school librarian. As Dean of Library Services for ACC, she manages ACC's eleven campus libraries and – in the last fifteen years - has remodeled two libraries, built six campus libraries and currently has one campus library in progress and one historic renovation underway. In addition, she has written three monographs (emergency management, library management and mentorship) and has two currently in-progress (leading in difficult times and emergency management) is a frequent presenter and library consultant. Her expertise includes management and leadership in general and specifically communication, customer service, emergency management, the design of new facilities, marketing and the management and leadership of partnerships and collaborations.

Todaro has a PhD in Library Services from Columbia University and was the 2016-2017 ALA President (initiative Libraries Transform: the Expert in the Library.) Her other accomplishments include: 2013-2014 Co-chair of the American Library Association summit "Libraries of the Future: From Now On;" the 2007-2008 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries; the author of the LLAMA Journal "The Truth is Out There column;" the author of the Community & Junior College Journal “Nothing but Net” column; the LLAMA institute of the year speaker “Staffing Issues for the Year 2000” and the 2000-2001 President of the Texas Library Association (TLA). She was Project Manager for the Texas White House Conference Program Planning (1989-1991;) founder and member of the statewide Steering Committee the Texas Book Festival (1995 to 2012;) Chair of the Texas State Library and Texas Library Association Committee on Public Library Development Study (2003 to 2004;) and Chair of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Committee to Develop Standard for School Libraries (1998 to 2001.)

"Is this a Library?"

Joan K. Lippincott

Joan K. Lippincott is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. CNI, based in Washington, DC, is an institutional membership organization that advances the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. She has been with CNI since 1990.

At CNI, Joan has provided leadership for programs in teaching and learning, assessment, learning spaces, and collaboration among professional groups. She is a widely published author and frequent conference speaker. She is chair of the Association of College & Research Libraries New Publications committee, past chair of the editorial board of College & Research Libraries News and is on the boards of portal and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD). She serves on the Advisory Board of the Horizon Report, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Seeking Evidence of Impact project, and the Academic Commons. She has served as a consultant to many academic libraries for their information/learning commons projects.

Joan previously held positions at the libraries of Cornell University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and SUNY at Brockport. In addition, she worked at the Research and Policy Analysis Division of the American Council on Education and the National Center for Postsecondary Governance and Finance at the University of Maryland.

Joan received her Ph.D. in higher education policy, planning, and administration from the University of Maryland, her M.L.S. from SUNY Geneseo, and an A.B. from Vassar College. She also completed graduate work at George Washington University and Cornell University.