ALSC National Institute coming in Fall 2022 - call for proposals open

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced that the 2022 ALSC National Institute will be held at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri, from Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2022. 

The Call for Programs for Institute is now open; proposals will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CT. 

Using AASL’s Shared Foundation of Include as a roadmap for more inclusive spaces and practice

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Julie Stivers’s book “Include” brings together a chorus of school librarians, scholars, and students representing a wide range of races, ethnicities, experiences, and identities. Part of a six-volume series on the Shared Foundations in AASL’s National School Library Standards, this guide offers:

2021 YALSA Symposium

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) 2021 Symposium is Hybrid, both in-person in Reno, Nevada, and virtually.

The past year has presented teens and libraries that serve them with numerous challenges that will continue to affect them in 2021 and beyond. Join YALSA, librarians, and YA authors in Reno, Nevada, and virtually for the 2021 Symposium, November 5 – 7.  YALSA discusses strategies for serving teens during difficult times and continues developing programs that ensure our biggest little safe spaces thrive for years to come.

United for Libraries to livestream Gala Author Tea, sponsored by Data Axle, free to all during United Virtual 2021

EXTON, Pennsylvania — David Wright Falade, Meg Waite Clayton, Daniel Black, and others will be featured authors at the United for Libraries Gala Author Tea, sponsored by Data Axle Reference Solutions, at 1:00 pm Eastern Thursday, August 19 during United Virtual 2021.

‘United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations’ to be held Aug. 17-19

EXTON, Pennsylvania — “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations” will be held Aug. 17-19, 2021. Now in its second year, this interactive three-day virtual event will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them.

Preconference Registration Opens for Core Forum

Even before the 2021 Core Forum officially kicks off with an evening welcome reception on Thursday, October 7, attendees can register to participate in an all-day library buildings tour or one of four afternoon workshops offered that same day. Full preconference descriptions, presenters, and registration rates can be found at

Preconference options on Thursday, October 7, include:

Announcing Our 2021 Core Forum Opening and Closing Speakers!

Core Forum 2021 welcomes our Opening Keynote speaker, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Closing Keynote Speaker, Jonathan Moody!

The October 7-9 Core Forum in Baltimore will be our first opportunity to celebrate the diverse and interconnected library work of Core members. We’ll engage the collective expertise of presenters and participants, facilitating thought-provoking conversations over two days of presentations, tabletop exhibits, and poster sessions. There will be opportunities to safely reconnect with colleagues during receptions, dine-arounds, and in the uncommons space. 

AASL President’s Program Panel Discusses the Power of Words

CHICAGO – Best-selling author Nic Stone and Cicely Lewis, founder of Read Woke, will join AASL President Kathy Carroll to discuss the need for diverse collections and authentic student inquiry in school libraries during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President’s Program during the 2021 ALA Annual Conference. The full AASL schedule of events can be found at

2021 ACRL President’s Program at ALA Annual Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Join the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) for its President’s Program at the 2021 ALA Annual Virtual Conference. Hosted by ACRL President Jon E. Cawthorne, this program will take place from 2:15 - 3:15 pm CST on Thursday, June 24, 2021, live during the conference.

United for Libraries Virtual Conference program proposal deadline extended to May 24

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries has extended the deadline to submit proposals for its upcoming online conference “United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations,” scheduled to be held Aug. 3-5, 2021.

United invites program proposals on topics of interest to library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them. Examples of program topics from last year’s conference include: