Symposium on the Future of Libraries - Plenary Sessions

Join Atlanta-based social, civic, and education innovators for three plenary sessions exploring what’s next for cities, campuses, and communities.

Social Innovation
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Darlene Gillard Jones

Darlene Gillard Jones
Chief Community Officer
digitalundivided / BIG Innovation Center and BIG Accelerator 

Darlene Gillard Jones is the Chief Community Officer and is a founding team member of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that fosters economic growth through the empowerment of Black and Latina women entrepreneurs using innovation as a tool. In addition to providing leadership to DID’s staff and key stakeholders, Darlene oversees all community partnerships and events for the organization.  She is part of the leadership team behind some of DID’s signature programs and events including the recently launched BIG Innovation Center and BIG Accelerator program - the first and only space and tech accelerator program dedicated to the training and support of Black and Latina women founders of high-growth tech companies.  

Prior to DID, Darlene held senior leadership positions at several national media outlets for women including Women’s Wear Daily, W, Essence, and Elle Magazine. She has also spearheaded multi-million dollar special projects for Time Inc, eBay, Conde Nast and the International Downtown Association.

Isha Lee

Isha Lee
Chief Network Officer
Welcoming America

Isha Lee is a non-profit practitioner fluent in external affairs, government relations, and organizational development. She has 10 years of experience at national and local organizations. Her recent roles include Chief of Staff for the national communications team at Teach For America and a founding staff person at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

She is an alumna of Davidson College where she majored in political science and Goddard College where she received an M.A. in sustainable business and community.

Charlotte Roh

Charlotte Roh, Moderator
Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of San Francisco Gleeson Library

Civic Innovation
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Marian Liou

Marian Liou
We Love BuHi

Marian Liou is the founder of We Love BuHi, a social enterprise that catalyzes and supports a livable, lovable, inclusive Buford Highway through creative place-making. We Love BuHi collaborates with other social enterprises and nonprofit organizations as well as local businesses and government to develop cultural assets and programming that capitalize on Buford Highway's unique, multicultural character.

Kyle Kessler

Kyle Kessler
Community Program Manager
Atlanta Center for Civic Innovation

Kyle Kessler is a licensed architect and a leader in organizations that combine arts, culture, and history with community development. He is in charge of community programs at the Center for Civic Innovation, a non-profit organization that informs, engages, connects, and empowers people to shape the future of their city. This includes leading the South Downtown Initiative that is reinvigorating the historic heart of Atlanta as its most vibrant, creative, equitable, and sustainable district. 

Felton Thomas

Felton Thomas, Moderator
Executive Director and CEO of the Cleveland Public Library and President of the Public Library Association

Education Innovation
Monday, January 23, 2017, 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Stephen Harmon

Dr. Stephen Harmon
Director of Educational Innovation 
Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), Georgia Tech

Dr. Stephen Harmon serves as associate dean of research at Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), director of educational innovation at the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), and as a professor at the Georgia Tech College of Design. At GTPE and C21U, he leads the invention, prototyping, and validation efforts associated with educational innovation and with managing facilities available to all Georgia Tech researchers and faculty members.
His previous position was professor and chair of the Learning Technologies Division in the College of Education and Human Development at Georgia State University.

After majoring in English literature at Furman University, Dr. Harmon moved to Upper Egypt to teach fourth-grade English for two years. While traveling through the Middle East and Africa, he realized the tremendous need, and scarce resources, for education and training in developing countries. He returned to the U.S. and earned a masters and doctorate in instructional technology, with a cognate in global policy studies, from the University of Georgia.  Dr. Harmon’s research centers on educational uses of emerging technologies. He is a past president of the Association of Educational Communications and Technology. Dr. Harmon also conducts research on educational technology in developing countries. He has worked in several Middle Eastern and African countries, including as a consultant for USAID’s Education for Development and Democracy Initiative in Botswana.

Dr. Harmon has over 120 professional publications and presentations and was the 2011 recipient of Georgia State University’s Innovative Instruction Award. He was the spring 2016 commencement speaker at Georgia Southern University.

Jeffrey Martín

Jeffrey Martín
Founder and CEO

A 2013 Teach For America Corps Member in the Rhode Island Region, Jeffrey served as the Math Special Educator and Data Coordinator at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA), an arts-integrated, 7th through 12th grade charter school, for two years and is a certified mathematics and special education instructor in both Rhode Island and Georgia. 

Prior to joining TFA, Jeffrey served as the Vice President of The Waller Scholars Inc., an emerging educational non-profit in Atlanta, GA, and also as a summer analyst with Goldman Sachs in the New York/ New Jersey offices.

Jeffrey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a degree from The Wharton School and a minor in Urban Studies. He has also completed graduate studies work at Brown University in their Urban Education Policy program and is currently pursuing a project with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform on honorCode's data metric system. Outside of his work at honorCode, he enjoys spending time with his partner, playing piano, singing, going to the many concerts in the Atlanta scene and traveling.

Audrey Church

Audrey Church, Moderator
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Longwood University and President of the American Association of School Librarians

Ann Campion Riley

Ann Campion Riley, Moderator
Interim Director of Libraries at the University of Missouri Libraries and  Immediate Past President of the Association of College and Research Libraries