The Arkansas Library Association continues to monitor the evolving landscape surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on group gatherings. In light of the predicted resurgence of the virus during the next fifteen months, and in consideration of the travel restrictions impacting the library community, ArLA has decided to move the annual conference originally scheduled to be held in Ft. Smith to an online environment. The virtual conference will be held Thursday, October 15, and Friday, October 16, in order to provide the best opportunity for all participants to have access to the necessary technology.
“When choosing the theme of the 2020 Annual Conference, a pandemic and its cascading effect was not in sight,” shared Crystal Gates, ArLA President. Yet, Charting New Waters is even more appropriate as ArLA moves to a virtual conference. Gates continued, “Moving to an online environment offers ArLA the opportunity to meet its members where they are, to push the boundaries of traditional programming, and to encourage participation and collaboration in a meaningful way.” ArLA looks forward to offering the same vibrant programming and new opportunities for impactful connection. The virtual conference will continue to include sessions, workshops, keynotes, and a space to connect, including connections with sponsors, vendors, and programmers. In addition to the live sessions, attendees will have access to on-demand recordings. Moving from a face-to-face conference to an online environment offers members and the Association an opportunity to grow -- to chart new waters.
We look forward to you joining us on this new journey, and will be reaching out with complete details soon.