ALA Midwinter Virtual, Jan. 22-26, offers exciting lineup of activities, speakers

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/15/2020


Donna Hunter

Marketing Specialist

Conference Services

American Library Association


CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) will host its annual Midwinter Meeting in 2021, this time as an online event.

ALA Midwinter Virtual will be held Jan. 22-26, 2021 and will include many of the established activities found at past Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits conferences, while also offering new activities and interactive features. 

The five-day event will include the Symposium on the Future of Libraries, News You Can Use series, notable featured speakers, special author events, a virtual Exhibit Hall, the Youth Media Awards, the I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony, live-chat presentations, and social networking opportunities.

Confirmed featured speakers include Opening Session speakers Ibram X. Kendi, author, historian, and scholar of race and discriminatory policy in America, and Keisha N. Blain, co-author of "Four Hundred Souls."

The ALA President's Program speaker will be author and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, invited by ALA President, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr.

Also featured will be former NFL player and new author Emmanuel Acho.

More speakers will be announced soon.

The event format, specific content, and additional details can be found at ALAMIDWINTER.ORG. Registration will open at Noon (Central) on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, and close at Noon (Central) on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Ways to stay in touch and get updates include 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits website, following hashtag #alamw21 and social media: InstagramALA Twitter, and ALA Facebook.

Follow the *new* Twitter channel @ALAConferences for updates.