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. The conference schedule is available. 

The 2019 Conference Program Book is also available!

The online conference web app is available here:


Teen Services Pre-Conference Program

9 a.m. to Noon
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Members, $35; non-member, $45

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. Learn more about Kaetrena's mission and activities.

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. Learn more about Jason's work.

Third General Session & Awards Luncheon: Friday, October 11, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Nicole A. Cooke

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Cooke is a 2012 graduate from Rutgers University with a PhD in communication, information, and library studies. She holds the MLS degree from Rutgers University, and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Cooke’s research and teaching interests include human information behavior, fake news consumption and resistance, critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship (with an emphasis on infusing them into LIS education and pedagogy). 

Dr. Cooke was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal in 2007, she was awarded the 2016 ALA Equality Award, and she was presented with the 2017 ALA Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award, presented by the Office for Diversity and Literacy Outreach Services.  She has also been honored as the Illinois Library Association’s 2019 Intellectual Freedom Award winner in recognition of her work in combatting online hate and bullying in LIS, and she was selected as the Association for Library and Information Science Education's 2019 Excellence in Teaching award winner.  

Cooke has published numerous articles and book chapters. Her latest books are “Information Services to Diverse Populations” (Libraries Unlimited, 2016) and “Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-truth Era" (ALA Editions. 2018).