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Tuesday, May 16, 2023

FLA Pre-Conference Sessions
These sessions will be free with a conference registration. Limited space.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

5pm-7pm  Registration Open
5pm-6:30pm FLA Networking Meetup
Cash Bar and light appetizers.  Dinner on your own
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
7:30am-5:30pm Registration Open

Breakout Sessions:


Public Library Directors Member Group Meeting


Coffee Break
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Opening General Session, Keynote Address and Photo-Line

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Keynote Speaker:  
Nalo Hopkinson
The first woman of African descent to receive the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master award, which is the lifetime honour from Science Fiction Writers of America, Nalo Hopkinson is also the youngest person to be so honored.  Jamaican-born, Hopkinson is the lead author of The House of Whispers comics series set in Neil Gaiman's Sandman Universe, with the TV adaptation now on Netflix. She’s written five novels including the award-winning, Brown Girl in the Ring, and her writing often draws on Caribbean language and traditions. She's been a finalist for a Nebula Award and won a World Fantasy Award, as well as the Gaylactic Spectrum Award for positive LGBTQ representation.

Guest Speaker:  Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, 2022-2023 ALA President






Sponsored Lunch & Learn ( Sponsored by OCLC)
Limited space, invite only

12pm-1pm Lunch on own 

 FLA Advocacy & Legislative Committee Meeting

1pm - 2pm

Breakout Sessions


FLA Communications Committee Meeting


Breakout Sessions


FLA Membership Development Committee Meeting


Exhibit Hall Opens 
Welcome Reception (appetizers/cash bar) 
Author Tables
Poster Session I: 

  • Open House:  Spotlighting the Next Frontier  of Learning, Engagement and Library Services
  • Consciously Creating Content: AI-Powered Social Media Strategies for Promoting Digital Collections
  • Driving Workshop Traffic Through Targeted Marketing
  • Learning from Experts: Night with a Scientist Programs at Volusia County Public Library
  • Creating diversity, equity and inclusion through access and preservation of unique audio recordings: lessons learned from a Recordings at Risk grant!


5:30pm - 7pm Alumni Reception(s)


After Hours Networking Event: Lady Dolphin Dinner Cruise
Come enjoy a delicious meal with friends and colleagues surrounded by the beauty of the intracoastal waterway on the Halifax River!  We will leave the hotel at 6pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.  Transportation, dinner, and 1 drink ticket is included.  There is a cash bar too.  Space is limited to 75 people.

Includes transportation to/from hotel
* FLA conference librarian attendees only.  ONE sponsor organization - see Prospectus for details.

Thursday, May 18, 2023
7:30am-5:30pm Registration Open
7am - 8am

Sponsored Breakfast Session (sponsored by Bibliotheca)
Limited space, invite only


Exhibit Hall Opens
8am - 9am Coffee with Exhibitors
8am - 10am Author Tables
8am - 9:30am Poster Session II:

  • Living History: Bringing the Old Frontier to Life in the New Frontier
  • Welcome to Chillville: Creating a Space for Play, Relaxation, and Engagement in the Academic Library
  • Celebrating Life, Understanding Death: Starting a Community Conversation

Breakout Sessions


Breakout Sessions


Author Tables


FLA Youth Services Member Group Meeting

11:30am - 2pm

Concession Lunch in Exhibit Hall (Lunch advanced ticket available - CLICK HERE)
Author Tables
Magic Mirror
Poster Session III: 

  • The Library of Many Things: Circulating Games at an Academic Library 
  • Passive Programs for Community Impact
  • Representing Communities through Descriptive Practices in the Archives
  • Virtual Book Club: Forging Towards the Future, Connecting Collaboratively at a Distance
  • Learning from Experts: Recipes and Reads Culinary Labs Fighting Food Insecurity at Volusia County Public Library


Join us for our finale luncheon in the exhibit hall with our gracious vendors.  The price of the concession lunch is only $15 and tickets can be purchased in advance or onsite. 


Sponsored Lunch & Learn (Sponsored by Baker & Taylor)
Invite Only, limited attendance

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Breakout Sessions


FLA Awards & Honors Committee Meeting

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Breakout Sessions


FLA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Committee Meeting


"Librarian Things" President's Reception
(Heavy hors-d'oeuvres, cash bar)

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Friday, May 19, 2023
7:30am-12pm Registration Open
7:30am-8:30am Fun Walk/Run on the beach
7:30am - 8:30am

Sponsored Breakfast (tentative)
Limited space, invite only


FLA Conference Planning Committee Meeting


Breakout Sessions


Friends & Foundations Roundtable

Libraries rely on their Friends and Foundations for fundraising and advocacy now more than ever. Yet, both library staff and Board members can struggle to find the right balance to ensure a healthy relationship. Join Fundraising expert Peter Pearson and FLA Vice President Douglas Crane for a casual roundtable conversation where we invite you to ask questions, share stories, and identify success strategies to take your Friends and Foundations connection into the next frontier!


FLA Professional Development Committee Meeting


Breakout Sessions

10:30am-11:30am FLA Intellectual Freedom Committee Meeting
12pm-1:30pm Closing General Session Lunch, Awards and Board Inductee Ceremony

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FLA Board of Directors Meeting