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For the safety of our guests, FLA has decided to host a HYBRID 2021 Annual Conference!  For those attending in-person, FLA and Hilton are committed to enhanced levels of cleanliness, significant attendance limits and physical distancing meeting protocols as well as mandatory masks.  FLA acknowledges the Governor's recent executive order (21-81), prohibiting government and businesses from requiring proof of vaccination and/or proof of negative covid tests. To that end, we will no longer require proof of vaccination and/or negative covid tests as a requirement to attend FLA's 2021 Annual Conference. However, we firmly believe that the safety of our members, partners and guests should remain our highest priority and we will maintain our policy on mandatory masks and social distancing for the duration of the 2021 Annual Conference. A virtual option with live streaming and other engaging activities is available for attendees not able to travel. 


Wednesday, May 19 In-person attendee Virtual attendee


Registration desk opens

10 am - 11:30 am
Opening welcome for virtual attendee
Trivia and Networking 

11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Opening Session: Welcome, Lunch and Keynote Speaker Ryan Dowd
Sponsored by Brainfuse

Ryan Dowd has worked most of his career running homeless shelters.  Currently, he works at the second largest homeless shelter in Illinois. Click here to read more about Ryan.

12 pm: Live-stream with keynote address from hotel for virtual attendees
1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Break Break - Visit Exhibitor Virtual booths

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Anti-racism: Book Clubs and Beyond

This presentation discusses how libraries can offer book clubs and related programming that helps families, children and teens develop skills to respectfully engage in dialogue about race and equity that ultimately create welcoming spaces in which youth can build and celebrate their identities and sense of self. 

  • Sophie Meridien, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
  • Kristine Techavanich, Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach
Live-stream from hotel for virtual attendees

2:30 pm-2:45 pm



2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Elevating Paraprofessional Voices for a More Inclusive Library

Enlisting your organization's paraprofessional talent pool can help empower diverse voices, increase employee engagement, save money in budget crunches, and fuel innovation. Join us to learn how elevating paraprofessional voices can revitalize your library. 

  • Connie Siebold, HCPLC
  • Chris Bailey, HCPLC
Live-stream from hotel for virtual attendees

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Exhibit Hall: Non-compete time, lite snacks, scavenger hunt with exhibitors

Lightning Rounds - in Exhibit Hall Educational Pods- new this year!

 • Disability and Chronic Illness Representation in Fiction
Melissa Villy, Pasco County Libraries

 The 5 Languages of Exemplary Customer Service
Julie Chiello, Volusia County Public Library

 Trends and Best Practices in a Post-Pandemic World
Bryan Pasteryk, Bibliotheca

 4 pm - 5 pm: Online “Happy Hour” President's Reception:

Comedian/Magician Harrison Greenbaum

6 pm - 7:30 pm

President’s Reception: Dinner and a show!

We will be entertained by a wonderful cultural experience filled with music, dance and history.

Deep Forest Native American Indian performance




No Ka Oi Polynesian Productions 

7:30 pm - 9 pm After Hours Networking Event on the beach n/a
Thursday, May 20  In-person attendee  Virtual attendee
7 am - 7:30 am Stroll on the beach  

8 am - 9 am

8:30 am - 9 am

Coffee with exhibitors


Coffee with Exhibitors

8 am - 9:15 am: Exhibitor Lightning Round Presentations

Live presentations with virtual exhibitors in an exciting format similar to our popular lightning rounds with prizes for participation

9 am - 9:15 am Break  
9:15 am - 10:15 am

President’s Panel
SPONSORED BY: George A. Smathers Library, University of Florida

Leading Inclusively: BIPOC Library Workers Perspective 

A thought-provoking and interactive hour filled with personal stories and constructive conversation on what it means for libraries to Lead Inclusively.

  • Kawanna Bright, PhD, College of Education, East Carolina University
  • Amelia N. Gibson, PhD, School of Library & Information Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Twanna Hodge, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Librarian, University of Florida

Moderated by:

Live-stream from hotel for virtual attendees
10:15 am - 10:30 am Break Yoga Stretch Break with Sarah Hammill
10:30 am - 11:30 am

What Superpowers are Necessary to Lead Inclusively?

This panel discussion includes three women of color whose work experiences span across galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

  • Twanna Hodge, University of Florida
  • Lourdes Santamaria-Wheeler, University of Florida
  • Porchia Moore, University of Florida
Live-stream from hotel for virtual attendees
11:30 am - 12 pm Break 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Exhibitor Zoom Rooms Open
12 pm - 1:30 pm

Closing Session: Awards Lunch
Sponsored by GALE


I am a 4th generation Washingtonian whose roots in the field of information science run deep. My father, a retired archivist whose career spanned 37 years at the National Archives and Record Administration and mother, a retired Technical Specialist at the American Library Association, Washington Office, provided the foundation for my  interest in archival and library science. Click here to read more about Julius C. Jefferson Jr.

12:30 pm Live-stream for Awards
Post-conference  On-demand breakout sessions