Our Theme

The theme of this year’s virtual conference is Looking Forward: Library Futures

In the words of Niels Bohr, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future”. Libraries have long served their communities as gateways to a wealth of resources and educational opportunities. As the world navigates the era of digital transformation, the emergence of artificial intelligence, COVID-19, and the ever-changing needs of communities, predicting where the future will lead becomes increasingly difficult. In our rapidly evolving world, libraries are continually adapting to meet the dynamic needs of their communities.

This year’s theme, “Looking Forward: Library Futures”, encourages information professionals to ponder the evolving role of libraries in the 21st century. As libraries adapt to societal, technological, and educational changes, the APLA conference aims to explore innovative strategies, emerging trends, and transformative ideas that will shape the future of libraries.

We are seeking proposals for presentations including but not limited to, technological innovations in libraries, inclusive and accessible library spaces, digital literacy and information fluency, community engagement and outreach, sustainable practices in libraries, AI and emerging technologies in library services, preservation of cultural heritage in the digital age, and collaborative initiatives and partnerships.