For immediate release | May 6, 2022

ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong to moderate Asian American Panel at ALA President’s Program in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong will moderate an esteemed list of authors, publishers, and literacy advocates at the ALA Annual President’s Program in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022.

The panel session “Advancing the Asian American Story: A Conversation with Publishers, Literacy Advocates, and Storytellers” will include a discussion on new ways to tell Asian American stories, how to get books into the hands of readers, and ways to build community. Panelists include Malinda Jo, author of “Last Night at the Telegraph Club,” and “A Scatter of Light,” Linda Sue Park, author of “A Single Shard” and “A Long Walk to Water,” Christina Soontornvat, author of "The Last Mapmaker," Philip Lee, Readers to Eaters Publishing, and Jane Park, senior content strategist at Google Kids & Families. ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong will moderate this session.

Registration is open.

The health and safety of conference attendees and vendors is our priority. ALA is carefully tracking the latest health and safety guidance for large group gatherings from the CDC, the DC Department of Health, as well as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which is working with suppliers in environmental services, health and safety technology upgrades, food and beverage and other services. See the American Library Association Annual Conference 2022 Health Protocols page that will be regularly updated should changes occur.

The ALA Annual Conference invites library professionals in all levels of their careers and from all library types to engage in top quality professional development opportunities, including more than 160+ education sessions, and have access to the latest insights from experts on policy, research and technology at the News You Can Use sessions. There will be 12+ memorable thought leaders and celebrity speakers who will share their unique insights on the main stage.

The Conference Scheduler includes a variety of education sessions and programs organized by ALA Divisions and Units. It will be updated with new agenda content as we move toward the conference.

New this year at the ALA Annual Conference is The Digital Experience. Registrants forf this virtual offering will have access to 42 education sessions, 14 News You Can Use sessions, and four main stage speakers. These sessions will be live-streamed directly from the conference in Washington, D.C. Registration for the Digital Experience includes on-demand content for the total of 60 sessions through August 31, 2022.

The Library Marketplace will host many of the popular exhibits and activities from past conferences. More than 550 knowledgeable exhibitors will provide access to innovative products and services, and publishers will host more than 80 presentations from established and new authors on nine genre-specific stages. Other onsite favorites include Meet the Authors, Poster Sessions, the Live at the 25 Podcast booth, free advanced reading copies (ARCs), and more.

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