Conference Schedule

The 2017 SCLA Annual Conference will be  October 11-13, 2017 at the Mariott in Downtown Columbia.  

Wednesday, October 11th

  • Registration Desk open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • First General Session / Keynote - Kristin Pekoll, ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom Director
  • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Happy Learning Hour at Richland Library 

Thursday, October 12th

  • 6:15 am - 7:00 a.m. Zumba! Scholarship for Diversity Fundraiser
  • Registration Desk open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am Vendor Breakfast with Library Directors at Richland Library
  • Second General Session / Keynote Luncheon - John Chrastka, EveryLibrary Director
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm USC School of Library and Information Science Alumni Tea
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm "The RIP’ed Page” Literary Masquerade — All Conference Reception  

Friday, October 13th

  • Registration Desk open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Poster Sessions
  • Third General Session / Keynote & Awards Brunch - Pam Sandlian Smith, Anythink Libraries Director & PLA President


The Great Library Renovation & Construction Ideas Bus Tour (Wednesday, October 11 9:00 a.m.)

Libraries “Make It Happen” in their communities by being creative, resourceful, innovative, and daring to be different!  In the past two years, the Richland Library has set new standards for service and excellence in libraries across the country through a comprehensive renovation and construction building program. 

SCLA and Richland Library are offering a bus tour of three newly renovated and constructed libraries.  Richland County staff and the architects who designed the buildings will introduce you to each building.  Learn how they turned their community’s needs into innovative service ideas and created the spaces needed to make those dreams a reality.

The “Great Library Renovation & Construction Ideas Bus Tour” begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11th at the Downtown Marriott Hotel for a three-hour tour.  The tour is limited to 22 people.  The cost of the tour is $15 for an SCLA member and $20 for a non-member.    

ALA Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Boot Camp (Wednesday, October 11 9:00 a.m.)

“Who needs libraries?” Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries, fundamental not only to librarians but to our democratic society at large.  The recent rash of anti-library trends, including the anti-tax movement, privatization, removal of independent library boards, and deprofessionalization, point to a systemic shift in our landscape that is very different than budget cuts and recession: an attack on libraries as a public service.  The Boot Camp will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. In this session, we’ll explore some of the brutal facts about our current environment, celebrate our assets, and offer practical tips to reclaim a moral sanction for the work we do and the support our communities deserve.

The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement.  Intellectual Freedom basics will also be covered.  Attendees will focus on working on an advocacy plan that they can implement in their library.

The program’s specific training goals are:

  • To focus on four key messages: Libraries transform lives. / Libraries transform communities. / Librarians are passionate advocates for lifelong learning. / Libraries are a smart investment.
  • To empower librarians with skills to tell their library’s story and secure funding for technology, e-books, and other resources 
  • To teach librarians and library advocates practical and powerful tips on how to be a respected, effective and supported voice in your community. 
  • To provide consistent messaging and an advocacy framework that can be used by libraries of all throughout a given state, and ultimately, across the country. 
  • To provide a mechanism for mentoring new advocates and creating a succession plan for advocacy.

The “ALA Advocacy and Intellectual Freedom Boot Camp begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11th at the Downtown Marriott Hotel.  The cost for this three-hour “boot camp” is $40 for a SCLA member and $50 for a non-member.   


  • Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
  • Marci Merola, Director, ALA Office for Library Advocacy