2021 Conference


Kentucky Public Library Association Spring 2021 Conference

A Common Ground, A Common Good: Reboot

Virtual Conference

March 24 – 26, 2021

Join colleagues, industry experts, and members of the Kentucky public library community as the Kentucky Public Library Association (KPLA) takes our annual conference all VIRTUAL!  This innovative, accessible, and affordable professional development experience celebrates the common good among our libraries through informative and applicable sessions, virtual social networking activities, time to interact with vendors, and keynote talks from children’s author Marc Brown and actress Amy Sedaris.  Registration opens soon, so start making plans to attend today! 

Call for Session Proposals

Session Proposals & Online Submission Form

KPLA is successful because of interesting and engaging presenters like you!  With the exciting, innovative work happening in all of Kentucky’s public libraries, this conference is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our common ground by sharing expertise, ideas, and best practices with colleagues from across the Commonwealth.  Session proposals are encouraged on all topics from libraries of all shapes and sizes.  

All session proposals must be submitted via the online Google Form, linked here:  https://forms.gle/qNrbi1b5eUEpLsN88.  Be certain you are using this link to access the updated online form.  To assist with submission planning, a PDF of the updated proposal form can be viewed here.  Upon successfully submitting a proposal, you should receive a copy of the completed form at the email address you provided.

Deadline & Decision Timeline

Session proposals will be accepted through Friday, January 22, 2021.  Review and selection of submissions will take place immediately following the deadline.  Notification of acceptance is scheduled to begin Monday, February 1, 2021. 

Reasons to Attend (+ New for 2021 Virtual!)

Interesting and applicable sessions, networking with colleagues, interacting with vendors, and hearing exclusive talks from keynote speakers are just some of the reasons to attend KPLA’s annual conference.  When you add all of those opportunities to the health, safety, and economical benefits of a virtual conference, you get KPLA 2021 Virtual! 

  • Sessions that inform, advise, and inspire – for all levels of employment/experience, and all members of the library community
  • Social networking activities including “face-to-face” virtual discussion tables
  • A “vendor track” within the conference schedule to provide exclusive time with vendors
  • Trustee pre-conference led by the Kentucky Department of Libraries & Archives
  • KPLA awards and recognition of excellent work happening in libraries across the Commonwealth
  • Children’s author and creator of the beloved character Arthur, Marc Brown
  • Actress, author, and comedian Amy Sedaris

Conference Registration (coming soon)

Registration for KPLA 2021 Virtual will open soon, using the Kentucky Library Association’s new platform, MemberClicks.  Registration prices will be: 

Trustees and Friends of the Library:  $10

All other attendees:  $25

Virtual conference attendance is a safe and economical way for greater involvement from members of your library’s staff who might not otherwise be able to travel to an in-person conference. 

A specialized conference website to include the conference schedule, vendor listing, and session platforms will be released soon.  The website, including recorded sessions, will remain available to virtual attendees for three months beyond the conference date.


Have a question not answered here?  Know of a topic you’d like to see addressed in a session, but don’t feel comfortable presenting it yourself?  Need more tentative info on anything?  Please contact:

Lindsey Westerfield

2021 Conference Planning Committee Chair



We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 KPLA Virtual Conference!


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