Conference Schedule

The South Carolina Library Association invites all library staff, students, and vendors to our annual conference. The conference will be held in Columbia, SC at the Columbia Marriott on October 9, 2019 - October 11, 2019. Registration is now available. 


Teen Services Pre-Conference Program

Sponsor: South Carolina State Library and the SCLA Youth Services Section.

This three hour session will cover a variety of trends and best practices for library staff working with teens, including Virtual and Augmented Reality and other emerging technologies, cooking programs, and much more. 

General Session Speakers

First General Session & Business Meeting: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Speaker: Kaetrena Davis-Kendrick, MSLS

Kaetrena Davis-Kendrick is Associate Professor, Associate Librarian at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Kendrick earned her MSLS from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of digital humanities in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies: Kaleidoscopic Concern: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of Diversity, Recruitment, Retention, and Other Concerns Regarding African American and Ethnic Library Professionals
(ACRL 2009) and Global Evolution: An Annotated, Chronological Bibliography of International Students in U.S. Academic Libraries (ACRL 2007). 

In addition to her research and writing, Kendrick also offers professional development opportunities and organizational consultations designed to energize employee morale and promote empathetic leadership in North American libraries. In her daily and long-term work at USC Lancaster, Kendrick has transformed her library's programs, services, and culture via creativity, leadership, and advocacy. In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries' Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. You can learn more about Kaetrena's mission and activities here.

Second General Session & Luncheon: Thursday, October 10, 2019

Speaker: Jason Ryan

Jason Ryan is the author of three books: Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on DrugsHell-Bent: One Man's Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob; and Race to Hawaii: The 1927 Dole Derby and the Thrilling First Flights that Opened the Pacific. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Charleston, South Carolina. You can visit his website here.