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As the new year approaches, the American Library Association has something in store for everyone: the ALA Library Learning Experience 2023. Featuring the most proficient names in the industry, you get first-hand access to various learning experiences!

Being given the ability to learn is something that all of us need to treasure. Thus LibLearnX 2023 was born for library professionals and authors to come together and learn from each other.

What’s in store for everyone at the event

Participants get a unique taste of the learning experience that will benefit them for a lifetime. Because the LLX is based on an “active learning experience,” ALA will curate various activities for the event. We will fully display big-name speakers, different award ceremonies, and an exhibit hall featuring multiple works.

Conference Speakers and Author Speakers

The ALA is proud to present the following industry pioneers and trendsetters that changed the game in the library profession. Being continuous trailblazers in what they do best, these people make them the perfect fit for this event.

Check out some of the conference speakers and author speakers that will grace the stage of LibLearnX 2023:

Opening Remarks: Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone

Opening the main stage of LLX 2023 are the bestselling authors Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone. Their work focuses on reimagining the international bestseller “How To Be A (Young) Antiracist.” It tackles the experiences and plight of younger readers, discussing with audiences how to encourage and inspire them to think critically in this sociopolitical climate. Additionally, the authors aspire for these same readers to practice empathy and make the world a better place one step at a time.

Ibram X. Kendi is a humanities professor at Boston University and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. His writings mainly talk about systemic racism. He also co-authored with other figures which deal with similar topics. In 2020, Time magazine awarded him as one of the 100 most influential people worldwide. Kendi was also granted the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship Award, also known as the “Genius Grant.”

Nic Stone first wrote two New York Times bestsellers, “Dear Martin” and “Clean Getaway.” Her other work, “Odd One Out,” also got recognition as NPR Best Book of the Year, among several notable achievements in her career. She also co-authored another New York Times bestselling book called “Black Out,” which was eventually adapted as a Netflix anthology show by Higher Ground, a production company by Barack and Michelle Obama.

The main stage: The ALA Presidential Program

Library workers are more than just arranging and shelving books. Organizing and activism are also parts of what they do. From organizing programs and classes to learning advocacies, fair wages, equal treatment, etc., librarians have been on the front regarding intellectual freedom.

The prominent stage panelists for LibLearnX 2023

K.C. Boyd is the school librarian for the District of Columbia Public School System. Her extensive experience as a librarian earned her the needed wisdom and knowledge, eventually earning the “Librarian of the Year” award in the national 2022 School Library Journal. She’s a dedicated advocate for school libraries and a sought-after keynote speaker at local, state, and federal conferences.

Lesley Garrett (they/them) worked as a public librarian since 2014 and is now a Library Associate II at Seattle Public Library and a Reference Assistant at Seattle Central College. Lesley’s focus was creating digital toolkits for people who had just gotten out of incarceration. They also dealt with academic research work, like analyzing public libraries’ de-escalation practices and the well-being of library staff, anti-racist safety technology UX, plus the active role of public libraries in climate change.

Candice (Wing-yee) Mack manages a system-wide Young Adult Services at the Los Angeles Public Library. She’s also a Member-at-Large on the Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors. She was committed to community, diversity, youth development, etc., which allowed her to pursue public librarianship.

Elizabeth Martinez shares detailed experiences as the first Chicago Librarian to be the American Library Association Executive Director (ALA), representing libraries across America. Her legacy has been cemented across the industry. She received awards and recognition and was even inducted into the California Librarians hall of Fame. You can see her career papers in the Stanford University archives.

Experiencing the ultimate learning with LibLearnX 2023

It would be best if you took advantage of tons of special guests when you joined LibLearnX 2023. Aside from notable authors and librarians speaking onstage, you get to talk to them up close and ask questions, ultimately sparking conversations full of learning.

The LibLearnX 2023 was only possible with the avid partnership with ReadersMagnet. Check out what the conference has for each library professional and how everyone can learn from each experience.

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