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Keynote Speakers

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Susan Benton, President and CEO of Urban Libraries Council

Susan Benton is President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), a membership organization of leading public libraries in North America.With a network of the top library executives in the United States and Canada, ULC articulates the strategic role public libraries serve for strengthening their community in economic and workforce development, learning and education, citizen engagement, health and public safety. As thought leaders and change agents, ULC libraries regularly receive accolades at the international, national and local levels.While ULC libraries primarily represent urban and suburban settings, lessons from their work are widely adapted by libraries of all sizes, including those in rural settings.

Ms. Benton has worked with cities, counties and libraries for over twenty years.Her professional career is dedicated to assisting public sector executives align resources to meet the opportunities and needs of the knowledge era and bring their organizations into the 21st century. She comes to ULC from her position as Research, Development and Strategic Partners Executive at the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the professional association of over 9,000 city and county managers around the world.

Ms. Benton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Business Administration.

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Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library

Roly Keating took up the post of Chief Executive of the British Library in September 2012.

Since then he has overseen a series of significant developments, including a historic move to large-scale digital collecting with the implementation of the Non-Print Legal Deposit regulations, the incorporation into the Library of the Public Lending Right service, the closure of the historic Colindale site and the opening of The Newsroom, a new reading room at St Pancras dedicated to news collections across all media formats.  

Roly joined the Library after a long and successful career at the BBC, where his roles included Controller of BBC Two, Controller of BBC Four and Director of Archive Content, with editorial oversight of the BBC's online services including BBC iPlayer.

Roly is a member of the Barbican Centre Board and a Trustee of Turner Contemporary in Margate.  He is currently serving as a panel member for the Public Libraries Report, led by William Sieghart.

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Dr Marianne Broadbent, PhD - Managing Partner, NGS Global

Dr Marianne Broadbent is a Managing Partner and co-owner of the innovative leadership consultancy and executive search firm, NGS Global, where she has both global and regional responsibilities. She is an executive advisor, specialist in leadership and executive capabilities, international speaker, facilitator and author. Her career has blended senior executive corporate roles, academic leadership and consulting roles. Senior executive roles have included Senior Vice President, New Product Development for Gartner Inc globally, and  Group Vice President for Gartner’s Executive Programs. In academia, she has been Associate Dean (and Professor) at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, a Department Head at RMIT University, and visiting researcher at Boston University.

Marianne is co-author of two Harvard Business School Press ‘best sellers’, including The New CIO Leader and Leveraging the New Infrastructure. Her insights and research have been published in many genres from regular columns about leadership and management in CIO Insight and CIO magazine, Sloan Management Review articles, commentaries in The Financial Times (UK), EGovernment News and the Australian Financial Review, through to major ‘A’ list academic journals.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Australian Library and Information Association. In 2013 she was a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and a Judge in The Australian Innovation Challenge. Her previous appointments including membership of Boards of CAVAL Ltd and the Victorian College of the Arts, the Foundation Council of the Australian Library and Information Services Council, the Education Board of ALIA, and the Advisory Boards of the State Library of Victoria and CSIRO.