OLA Virtual Conference 2021: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Welcome to the OLA Virtual Conference 2021! The Oregon Library Association is offering virtually four days of presentations and workshops on the important theme of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI).

General Information

Dates: April 20 – April 23, 2021

Location: Virtual


Registration is open!! The Registration Page has the registration form, Registration Cost Sheet, FAQs, and Code of Conduct.

Registration Page/Registration Form.

Preconference Programs (No Cost)

Take a look at our Preconference Programs, register for a couple, or go to them all. There is no cost for the Preconference Programs.

Preconference Programs Page and Preconference Registration form.

Conference Highlights

Sonja Ervin

Keynote Speaker presentation: Wednesday, April 21, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Sonja Ervin, Multnomah County Library’s first-ever equity and inclusion manager will speak at the 2021 OLA Conference. She leads efforts to ensure library services, programs, staffing, materials, and spaces are equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive. Her work involves leading staff in thoughtful discussions about equity and inclusion and outlining actionable steps to improve the library’s efforts both internally and for the community. She provides support and holds space for library staff who face experiences of racism and oppression. She is also the executive sponsor for the Black Cultural Library Advocate team.

Her vision for public libraries is that every person, regardless of who they are, where they come from, or their current or past experiences and circumstances, feel connected and a sense of community as they walk through the library doors.

Keynote Speaker presentation: Thursday, April 22, 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Author, David F. Walker is an award-winning comic book writer, filmmaker, journalist, and educator. His writing career started in the 1990s with the self-published ‘zine, BadAzz MoFo. In 1997 he produced and directed Macked, Hammered, Slaughtered, and Shafted, a feature length documentary on the history of blaxploitation films.

Walker is best known for his work in graphic novels and comics, which includes The Life of Frederick Douglass (Ten Speed Press), the Eisner Award-nominated series Bitter Root (Image Comics), and the critically acclaimed series Naomi (DC Comics). He has written for Marvel Comics (Luke Cage, Occupy Avengers, Power Man and Iron Fist, Nighthawk, Fury, Deadpool), DC Comics (Cyborg, Young Justice), Dynamite Entertainment (Shaft), and Dark Horse (Number 13). He also teaches part time at Portland State University.

Poster Proposals

Poster session proposals are now being accepted.Poster session proposal form .

Poster Proposal Information.

Registration for Exhibitors & Sponsors

The deadline for exhibitor registrations is Friday, March 5, 2021 . See the Sponsors & Exhibitors page.

OLA Conference Volunteers Information

Thinking about being a Virtual Volunteer for our 2021 OLA Virtual Conference take a look at our OLA Volunteers information webpage.

OLA Charitable Fund 2021

Donate to the OLA Charitable Fundraising 2021. More information available soon.

This conference was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum of Library Services