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2021 WLA Conference Schedule

All times are listed in Pacific Time (PT). Convert to your timezone. Check out the detailed virtual session descriptions. Program schedule is subject to change.

Friday 10/1
Saturday 10/2

Along with on-demand virtual sessions that will feature asynchronous engagement with speakers, the 2021 Conference will feature a small selection of live sessions, as well as an Afternoon Keynote with Tracie D. Hall and Ijeoma Oluo and the 2021 Author Breakfast! Please stay tuned for more updates.



Thursday, September 30

7:00–9:00 pm

WLA's Got Talent!
an Open Mic Kick-Off event with VP Ahniwa Ferrari

Friday, October 1

9:00–10:00 am      Speed Networking Session
9:00 am–3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:15–11:30 am
Morning Sessions
[75 minutes]
Trauma-Responsive Tools
for Serving the Public
Escape Room
11:45 am–12:45 pm Lunch with Exhibitors
1:00–2:15 pm Afternoon Keynote
featuring ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall and Author Ijeoma Oluo
2:30–3:15 pm
[45 minutes]
Nonhierarchical Mentoring to Disrupt
the System! Creating Communities
of Solidarity within the Library
EDI Advocacy 101
3:30–4:30 pm
Academic Library Unconference Public Library Unconference
6:00–7:00 pm
Happy Hour Meet-ups

Saturday, October 2

9:00–10:15 am Author Breakfast with Kelly Jones
Sponsored by WLA School Library Division
& CAYAS (Children & Young Adult Services) Section
9:00 am–3:00 pm Exhibit Hall Open
10:30–11:45 am
Morning Sessions
[75 minutes]
The Post-Pandemic Library:
Blending Virtual & In-Person Services
for Flexible Community Connection
Making Students Leaders in
the Fight Against Misinformation
12:00–1:00 pm Lunch with Exhibitors

1:30–2:15 pm
[45 minutes]

TikTok for Everyone:
Social Media Outreach that Works
What's Your Library Story:
Data Collection Glory

3:00–4:00 pm

School Library Unconference Special Library Unconference

6:00–7:00 pm

Happy Hour Meet-ups

Pre-Recorded Sessions

Pre-Recorded Sessions
Every color of the rainbow: Analyzing and expanding LGBTQIA+ representation in children’s picture book collections Advancing Income and Health Equity to Underserved Veterans Populations
  Overdue Action: Fine and Fee Policies in Washington State Academic Libraries This Might Get Weird: Cataloging During and After a Pandemic
  Trauma-Responsive Tools for Serving the Public COVID-19 and the frontline public library worker: can you hear us now?
  Wordless Conversations: Using Wordless Picture Books to Promote Family Literacy Skills Uniting to Create Change: One University’s Virtual Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  2022 Evergreen Teen Book Award Nominees: Book Talks and Beyond   Touting the Towner Nominees 
  Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award 2022 OTTER & Sasquatch Award nominees for 2022
  Breaking Barriers through Technology Distribution During a Global Pandemic Community Builder: The Dolly Parton Imagination Library
InfoQuest: A New Twist on Information Literacy Documenting Seattle’s Arts and Cultural Ecosystem: An initiative linking student research, digital projects, and community benefit
"BreakOut" of the Ordinary Desettling the Dominant Colonizing Voice in Libraries
Food Literacy at the Library: Growing Communities & Making Cultural Connections through Food Connect Your Community to Certification
Engaging Readers... at a Distance: Creating a Guest Reading Series in an Academic Library Impacting Libraries and Communities with New Resources – Discover What’s New with SDL! 
  Recapture and rebuild your community relationship through the library ebook service Harnessing the Power of Communities, Conversations, and Connections to Bridge the Digital Divide
  Differentiation for diverse, globally minded K-5 students with Gale in Context: Elementary Interactive eBooks for Differentiated Instruction and Diverse Populations
  Reach Your Readers: Tips to make the most of your digital collection  
Lightning Talks
[10 minutes]
All-School Reads as Community Builders Neighborhood book exchanges: What’s inside and how did it all get there? 
  Accessibility of Electronic Resources: VPATS and keyboard testing Data Visualizations for Everybody: A Lesson on Accessibility
  Decentralizing Social Media: How Libraries Can Destroy Facebook