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2021 WLA Keynotes & Events

Stay tuned for announcements on special events and conference keynotes for #WLA2021.


Friday, October 1

" "Afternoon Keynote with Tracie D. Hall & Ijeoma Oluo | 1:00–2:15 pm
Join us for this afternoon keynote with ALA Executive Director Tracie D. Hall in conversation with Ijeoma Oluo! This session will be streamed live through the Whova conference app!

Tracie D. Hall is the American Library Association’s 10th executive director, and first female African American executive director, in its 143-year history. No stranger to libraries, over the years she has worked at the Seattle Public Library, the New Haven Free Public Library, Hartford Public Library, and Queens Library. Most recently, Hall directed the culture portfolio at the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation. In addition to her MLIS from the iSchool at the University of Washington, Hall holds an MA in International and Area studies from Yale University and dual bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ijeoma Oluo is a writer, speaker and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work on race has been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association.

Saturday, October 2

ScLD/CAYAS Author Breakfast | 9:00–10:15 am
Join WLA’s School Library Division and the Children & Young Adult Services Section (CAYAS) for the 2021 Author Breakfast! This session will be streamed live through the Whova conference app, and will feature a special guest Author along with award acknowledgements from the 2021 winning authors and illustrators of the 2021 WLA Book Awards.