Patrick Sweeney is a founding Board Member of EveryLibrary (national) and a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries. A 2007 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences, he works for the Sunnyvale (CA) Library as an Administrative Librarian. He is active in the American Library Association where he is an at-large member of their governing Council. As a California Library Association member, he has most recently served on their Conference Committee. His most recent project, the Story Sailboat, works to provide library services and materials, by boat, to advocate for libraries and literacy in the San Francisco Bay area.
Mary Abler is a library advocate and public librarian. She currently works in Los Angeles as a Librarian-in-Residence with the Innovation Leadership Program, the first public library residency in the US, a cooperative project of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library. Mary’s library career began with the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, where she worked in many capacities, most notably as a Neighborhood Library Campaign Organizer, helping to raise $12M to renovate libraries through grassroots organizing and fundraising. As the Outreach Manager there, she was also one of the founders of IMBIBE, after-hours cocktail parties in library branches, designed to attract new members to the organization. She graduated from the SJSU School of Library and Information Science in 2012, where she focused on library leadership and management. Mary is a board member of CLA’s Management Interest Group, and a member of ALA and PLA.
Derek Wolfgram is the Immediate Past President of the California Library Association, and has served as the Deputy County Librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District since 2009. He previously served as the County Librarian of Butte County, and also worked in a variety of management positions for the Denver Public Library in Colorado. Derek was a mentor for California’s Eureka Leadership Institute in 2009 and 2010, and has been a member of the Infopeople Advisory Board since 2011. He was also a member of the CLA Advocacy and Legislation Committee from 2009 to 2013, and he was honored with the 2009 CLA Outstanding Librarian in Support of Literacy award.
Sam co-creates the future through designing how we need to be, act, and do to realize our vision. She’s a dynamic and energetic advocate for community, stakeholder, and staff engagement. Through her firm ideation collaborative, sustained dialogue helps people articulate their purpose, define where they want to go, and strategize the path to get there. Her work with libraries includes capacity building focused on readying people and organizations to both anticipate and meet emerging needs.