2022 Conference

Kentucky Public Library Association’s 2022 Conference:

KPLA: Navigating Our Way Forward Together

March 16 – 18, 2022

Join colleagues, industry experts, and members of the Kentucky public library community at the Kentucky Public Library Association’s (KPLA) annual spring conference, to be held in-person at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky on March 16-18, 2022.

This professional development opportunity offers informative and applicable sessions, social networking activities, time to interact with vendors, and keynote talks from author Jason Reynolds and actress Sonia Manzano.


Call for Session Proposals is Open!

KPLA is currently accepting session proposals for the 2022 Spring Conference!  The link for submitting session proposals can be found here.  Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Please consider sharing your time and talent with library peers from around the Commonwealth of Kentucky for our first in-person conference in three years!  More than ever before, we have had to innovate, collaborate, create, and endure, while also drawing on the principles and practices upon which our libraries are built.  As we begin to Navigate Our Way Forward, let’s come together to learn from one another and to celebrate the vital work that we do every day.

KPLA is successful because of interesting and engaging presenters like you!  Libraries of all shapes and sizes – from Paducah to Pikeville, Campbell County to Clinton County, and everywhere in between – are encouraged to submit proposals.

KPLA is for all library workers – directors, librarians, front line staff and more, so we hope to see you there!

Conference Registration

The KPLA 2022 Spring Conference will include two full conference days on March 17 and 18, as well as a pre-conference on March 16.  Keynote speakers include certified Dare to Lead instructor, Leah Brown; #1 New York Times bestselling YA author, Jason Reynolds; actress/author Sonia Manzano, best known for her role as Maria on Sesame Street; and Commissioner of Public Libraries for Kentucky, Terry Manuel.

Registration for KPLA 2022 will be available soon.

Reasons to Attend

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.

  • Sessions that inform, advise, and inspire – for all levels of employment/experience, and all members of the library community
  • Social networking activities
  • Opportunities to visit with vendors on both days of the conference
  • Trustee pre-conference led by the Kentucky Department of Libraries & Archives
  • KPLA awards and recognition of excellent work happening in libraries across the Commonwealth
  • Dare to Lead certified instructor, Leah Brown
  • Author Jason Reynolds
  • Actress, author, and advocate Sonia Manzano


Have a question not answered here? Please contact:

Rachel Smith

2022 Conference Planning Committee Chair



We look forward to seeing you at the 2022 KPLA Conference!


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