ALA Virtual Event-Information for international librarians

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The American Library Association (ALA) is excited to announce its first ALA Virtual Event: Community Through Connection, an online event that will offer educational programming, special author events, and social networking on June 24-26, 2020. ALA looks forward to this unique opportunity for members and library supporters to stay connected as we move forward to empower our profession and support our communities.

Please stay tuned for upcoming announcements on event format, content, and additional details. The library community is encouraged to "meet" us online as we learn, grow, and most importantly, lean on our fellow librarians and library workers as we adapt and evolve in these changing times.


Registration is now open!

For those who opted to transfer their 2020 ALA Annual Conference registration to the virtual event, your registration for ALA Virtual is complete and you don't have to do anything!  A confirmation will be sent after registration opens.

Thanks to the generous support from ALA Virtual Sponsors EBSCO | Gale, a Cengage company  | Ingram |  OverDrive |  OCLC -| SpringerNature, ALA Members* can register for the ALA Virtual Event for a discounted rate of $60 USD! To take advantage of this special offer use promotion code CONNECTION. 

Not a member? Join ALA today to take advantage of the discount and gain access to all member benefits 365 days a year! International members welcome! For assistance contact

To register as a non-member, the registration rate is $250 USD.

NOTE: And if ALA Members have been recently been furloughed, laid off, or are experiencing a reduction of paid work hours, we invite you to join us for no cost at all. During the registration process, you can indicate your circumstance to receive your complimentary registration.

Please Note: Registration will close on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Noon Central.


ALA Virtual - Community Through Connection

An online event with educational programming, special author events, and social networking.

Event Highlights:

  • educational sessions available in an on-demand format
  • notable featured speakers
  • COVID-19 information for libraries
  • live chats with authors
  • live-streamed presentations
  • a virtual Exhibit Hall
  • networking opportunities with peers via social activities

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International Programs 

Libraries as Social Change Engines Around the World - International Relations Round Table Chair's Program
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM CT
Description: Changes in social structures, behaviors, values, and organizations are inevitable and libraries are not immune to those changes. Embedded in their unique communities, libraries are social change engines. At times, they are driving the change, and at others, they reflect and respond to the social changes affecting their communities. The IRRT 2020 Chair’s program will be a panel of library innovators will share their experiences either responding to or leading social change in their communities.

Speakers: Christine MacKenzie, President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); Merve Yavuzdemir, Branch Manager of Foreign Relations, Turkish Republic Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Libraries and Publications / Turkish National Library.

Expanding Worldviews: How Libraries Create Awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Inspire Change
Friday, June 26, 2020
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM CT
Description: The International Papers and Projects Program provides librarians with an opportunity to exchange information about library services, collections and projects throughout the world. The 2020 International Papers and Projects theme is, Expanding Worldviews: How Libraries Create Awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Inspire Change.

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a framework of 17 Sustainable Development Goals which are key to making the world a better place for everyone. Libraries play an important role in helping societies achieve these goals, with IFLA’s position being that access to information is a key starting point. Many of the issues that these goals address have become critical in recent years, such as climate change, promoting peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice, civil society and more. Libraries have great potential to elevate the awareness level and engage their communities to inspire and promote change both big and small in the issues that matter. For the session today, we are featuring library projects from Kazakhstan, Central America and Singapore. 

Moderators: Felicia Chan, National Library Board, Singapore, Singapore; Miroslava Nazar, Southeast Europe Section, Germanic & Slavic Division, Library of Congress, USA
Speakers: Joseph Yap, Nazarbayev University Library, Nur-Sultan City, Kazakhstan; Yelizaveta Kamilova, Nazarbayev University, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Aida Rahim, Public Library Services, National Library Board, Singapore; William Bill Cartwright, USA; Paco Alcaide, Regional Director, Riecken Foundation, Honduras and Guatemala, Guatemala


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