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2023 Virtual Access

For attendees who can't make the trip this time, we will offer virtual-only access that includes access to the app, virtual sessions, and select livestreamed events. View the schedule of virtual programs here.

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Conference App

Whova, our conference app, will be launched Friday, March 24! We encourage you to log in then to start building your schedule, updating your profile, and interacting with other attendees.

All attendees will use the app to access the virtual conference experience, refer to the most up-to-date schedule information, and connect with colleagues in person and online. You'll be able to access on-demand virtual sessions beginning Thursday, March 30, and all recorded content will be available through June 30!

Whova has many features to support virtual attendees conference experience including:

  • Easily access virtual programs: Use the app to view programs and stay up to date on updates
  • Social and professional networking: View profiles and message other attendees; interact with other attendees with community discussion topics and social groups
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall: browse virtual booths and connect with exhibitors
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Virtual Program Schedule

There are three different kinds of virtual programs at WLA2023.

  1. On Demand: These 10-minute Lightning Talks will be available beginning Thursday, March 30
  2. Livestream: Keynote presentations will be livestreamed according to the schedule, and recordings will be uploaded following the event.
  3. Virtual Premiere: These pre-recorded sessions will air according to the schedule, and we encourage you to join fellow attendees in viewing the premiere then, with the presenter(s) available for questions in chat! Recordings will be available immediately following the premiere.

Livestream and Virtual Premiere Schedule

For full program descriptions please visit the Schedule & Programs page.

Friday, March 31
10:00 AM – 11:00 am:

  • Increasing Access to Digital Collections without Increasing Budgets - Michele Kimpton, The Palace Project, a Division of LYRASIS, Global Senior Director
  • Increasing Communication & Understanding with Goal Planning & Accountability Groups - Jen Saulnier Lange, Washington State University (Pullman), Online Learning Librarian; Sam Buechler, Washington State University (Vancouver), Student Success Library Faculty Resident
  • Let’s Get Loud for Libraries! - Susan Hempstead, Sno-Isle Libraries, Assistant Director Strategic Relations; Kiersten Nelson, The Seattle Public Library, Community Partnerships and Government Relations Manager; John Sheller, King County Library System, Government Relations Manager

11:30 am – 12:30 pm:

  • I See a Library! Making Libraries More Inclusive for the Visually Impaired - Kate Kosior, South Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library, Manager

2:00 PM – 3:00 pm:

  • Rebuilding Information Literacy Instruction: A Reflective Pedagogy Approach - Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, University of Washington Tacoma, Education and Research Help Librarian; Marisa Petrich, University of Washington Tacoma, Instructional Design Librarian; Alaina C. Bull, University of Washington Tacoma, First Year Experience Librarian
  • Beyond Awareness: Serving Patrons with Mental Health Conditions - Sara Harrington, Washington State Library/OSOS, Branch Librarian - Institutional Library Services
  • Meet the 2024 Evergreen Middle School Nominees - Jodi Kruse, R. A. Long High School, Teacher Librarian

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Creating Useful Collection Management Worksheets - Sidonie Devarenne, Western Washington University, Collection Management and Assessment Librarian

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • remAIn cAIm: AI in the Library - Ahniwa Ferrari, The Evergreen State College, Associate Dean of Library Operations

Saturday, April 1
8:15 am – 9:45 am
: Livestream of Author Breakfast with Aiden Thomas, sponsored by ScLD & CAYAS

10:00 AM – 11:00 am:

  • Community-Centered Planning: A Tool for Putting Our Equity Values into Action - Audrey Barbakoff, Co/Lab Capacity, CEO
  • Access to Justice: Legal Research for Public Libraries - Rob Mead(Speaker)Washington Supreme Court, State Law Librarian
  • A Library Metaverse: Extended Reality (XR) & Its Role in the Evolution of Future Library & Information Services - Dr. Anthony Chow, School of Information at San Jose State University, Director; Gabrielle S. Vasquez Bates, SJSU School of Information, MLIS Student Researcher; Samantha Barnthouse, SJSU School of Information, MLIS Student Researcher

1:25 pm – 2:15 pm: Livestream of WLA Awards Lunch

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:

  • Digital Equity as a Local Library Service - Dr. Cris Fowler, Information School, University of Washington, Director for Academic Services; Dr. Sheila A. Walton, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Dr.
  • Beyond November: Indigenous Inclusion & Representation in Libraries - Mandi Harris, Cherokee Nation, University of Washington, ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellow, Cherokee Nation, Doctoral Student and Children’s Librarian

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm: Livestream of Closing Session – The Right to Read: Conversations on Censorship

On-Demand Sessions

For full program descriptions please visit the Schedule & Programs page.

  • Cultivating an Open Faculty Guide for Diversity & Social Justice - Greg Bem, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Faculty Librarian; Sharon Raz, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Professor & Department Chair of Social Science; Faculty Director of Diversity and Social Justice
  • DPLA Local & Wikimedia Commons: New Paths to Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage - Evan Robb, Washington State Library, Digital Repository Librarian
  • Genre Quest: Expanding Fantasy to Reflect Reality - J.A. Nielsen, Peninsula School District, Author/ Teacher Librarian
  • Have You Ever Asked Us: Developing Library Outreach Programs for Student Veterans - Carol Fisher, Washington State University Vancouver, Collection and Technical Services Librarian; Mark Hasse, Washington State University Vancouver, Reference and Digital Systems Librarian
  • License to ILL - Ahniwa Ferrari, The Evergreen State College, Associate Dean of Library Operations
  • Make Poetry Pop! - Eric Ode, Deep Rooted Music, LLC, Author; poet; educator
  • Not at the Mercy of the Algorithm: Control Your Own Content with Email - Alina Murcar, Spokane Public Library, Marketing & Communications Manager; Skyler Noble, Spokane Public Library, Marketing & Communications Manager; Sarah Barton-Bridges, West Vancouver Memorial Library, Head of Communications
  • Not Just for Adults: Advancing Literacy with Youth Large Print - Allison Cartellone, Playaway Products, Marketing Manager
  • Reading for Access & Inclusion - Peyton Stafford, Reading for Access and Inclusion Project, Peyton Stafford Associates, Steering Committee Member