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2020 WLA Conference

When: October 5–10, 2020
Where: Now online!

Registration is open now!

The Conference Committee has decided to hold the 2020 WLA Conference online. While we were looking forward to coming together in Spokane this October, the health and safety of our communities and the accessibility of the conference are our top priorities. We know many members are facing budget cuts and travel restrictions, and the online format allows the conference to remain accessible. We also hope to reach library professionals who may have never had the opportunity to attend a WLA conference. You can look forward to a schedule packed full of engaging keynotes, sessions and workshops, networking opportunities, and exhibitors at #WLA2020.

The conference theme is 2020 Vision: Looking to the Future. Libraries of all types are facing challenges as we head into the future. While we need to hold these challenges firmly in our field of focus, we simultaneously need to be scanning the horizon for new opportunities. There are oceans of possibilities surrounding inventive and important programs. New methods of reaching our constituents. Changes to our physical spaces. Changes in funding. Incorporating new technology. And so on. By reflecting on our collective past and remembering that libraries have always faced change head on, let’s come together with 2020 vision to share our clearest and sharpest visions for the future!

Individual Rates

WLA Individual Member $50
WLA Student/Friend/Trustee/
Retired/Unemployed Member
Non-Member $65


Organizational Rates

For this virtual event, WLA is excited to allow organizations to purchase a pass to grant all staff online access to the 2020 WLA Conference! All levels of staff need and deserve professional development, and each year libraries have to make difficult decisions about how many people they can afford to send to conference--especially when facing budget cuts. An all-access pass will allow staff from all levels, roles, and career stages to attend for a flat fee. Learn more about organizational rates.

Conference Platform

The 2020 WLA Conference will be held online using the award-winning event app Whova! Forming new connections is one of the best parts of a WLA conference, and we wanted to choose a conference platform that makes it easy to network, collaborate, and socialize. The app features:

  • Live programs – Participate in sessions and keynotes, all of which will be live
  • Program recordings – Get access to all session and keynote recordings through December 31, 2020
  • Community bulletin board  Engage in active conversations with colleagues
  • Meetups  Attend a virtual social meetup or schedule your own
  • Networking – Exchange business cards, search the attendee database, and send messages
  • Exhibitors – Discover new vendors, interact with them in live streams and chats, win raffle prizes, and leave with coupons and giveaways
  • Agenda – Easily search and filter sessions to build your own conference agenda
  • Desktop & mobile apps – Participate at home, at work, or on the go