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ACRL Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Conferences

Information and resources on equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI).

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ALA Annual Conference 2023

As the world's largest library event, the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition brings together thousands of librarians and library staff, educators, authors, publishers, friends of libraries, trustees, special guests, and exhibitors. ALA Annual offers educational programming; important announcements and updates; relevant legislation and policies; and discussions that majorly impact libraries, their roles, and their ongoing transformation.

2023 ALA Annual Conference Proposals Due September 16

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups, and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2023 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

2023 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 16, 2022. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposals and select 2023 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in December 2023. More details about the Annual Conference program process, including the proposal form, are on the ACRL website.

ALA LibLearnX 2023

At LibLearnX, library professionals at all levels can take part in a conference experience that will provide ultimate learning benefits. Attendees will participate in hands-on workshops, bite-size sessions, and other formats designed to match preferred learning styles with an emphasis on experiential learning. Be inspired and motivated by thought-leaders, authors, and subject matter experts, and celebrate your colleagues and favorite authors at the Award ceremonies.

ACRL 2023

Higher education has changed dramatically over the last few years. Academic libraries are addressing an increased emphasis on remote learning, rising calls for social justice, and an acknowledged need for flexibility that supports a sustainable work-life balance. At ACRL 2023, we will explore these issues and more around the theme of Forging the Future. If you are interested in finding strength in a community of academic library professionals, discussing our mutual issues while crafting innovative ways to solve them, enhancing relationships with faculty, and re-engaging with students, we welcome you to join us in Pittsburgh or virtually! Learn more and register on the ACRL 2023 website!

ACRL wants to make sure every attendee's experience (in-person and/or virtually) will be a pleasant and accessible one. Please visit the ACRL Conference Accessibility & Inclusion page for more info. 

RBMS Conference 2023

The need for greater focus on diversity, equity, and accessibility in all areas of Special Collections work, from hiring to acquisitions to researcher services, requires us all as practitioners to rethink how we recruit and retain special collections workers. Explore how we educate both new and established workers at a time when the need to reframe and reimagine our collections and audiences is even more vital. The pressing call for increased diversity across the profession and our broader networks has sparked passionate discussions about the future.

RBMS 2023 will address not only questions of how to welcome, prepare, and retain new workers for the increasingly complex demands of GLAMS (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Special Collections) professions, but one that addresses continuing education framed around changes in critical library theory and new approaches to our collections and careers.