Welcome: The Library is Your Place
Start your conference off right with an inspiring keynote speech by Cyndee Sturgis Landrum who will share reflections on making your library a welcoming place.
Cyndee Sturgis Landrum has over 20 years of experience in the library and information science profession. She has worked in academic, medical and public libraries in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania. She is a member of several community and professional associations.
Cyndee is the CEO-Director of the Evansville Vanderburgh Library (EVPL) system in Indiana. As CEO, she is advancing a strategic direction that situates EVPL as essential infrastructure for building community capital to advance communal outcomes, solve pressing issues while co-designing with users’ libraries experiences intended to delight.In collaboration with EVPL colleagues and trustees she is designing a library organization around Engagement & Experience, Equity & Well-being, Inquiry & Impact and Stewardship and Governance. This has included the recasting of library roles, including the introduction of the Impact Team which includes: Impact Officer, Social Impact Research Manager, Civic Data Scientist, Project Management Strategist, and Librarians of Practice (LoPs).
Cyndee served as 2010 President of the Arizona Library Association and an ALA Councilor-at-Large from 2015-2017. She is a member of the Public Library Association Equity Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce, Executive Board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and Co-Chair of 11th National Conference of African American Librarian to be held in Tulsa, OK in 2020.
She holds a B.A. in Linguistics from Northwestern University, an MLIS from University of Southern Mississippi and is a doctoral candidate in School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College where her research focuses on equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and the lived leadership experiences of library leaders from underrepresented and underpowered groups. She has presented and published on these issues as well as in the areas of engagement, experience, inquiry and impact of libraries.
Cyndee’s mission is to co-create intellectual, social and cultural spaces where questioning, probing and ideating lead to understanding, catalyzing and maximizing within my communities of practice. Her favorite quote is: Growing things change. Change challenges us. Challenges force us to trust. Trust makes us grow. And growing things change.