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ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong will moderate the Asian American panel at the ALA President’s Program in Washington, D.C., June 23-28, 2022

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong will host an esteemed list of authors, publishers and literacy advocates at the program ALA President’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, June 23-28, 2022.

The round table “Advancing Asian American History: A Conversation with Publishers, Literacy Advocates, and Storytellerswill include a discussion of new ways to tell Asian American stories, how to get the books into the hands of readers, and ways to build community. Panelists include Malinda Jo, author of “Last Night at the Telegraph Club” and “A Scatter of Light”, Linda Sue Park, author of “A Single Shard” and “A Long Walk to Water”, Christina Soontornvat, author of ” The Last Mapmaker,” Philip Lee, Readers to Eaters Publishing, and Jane Park, Senior Content Strategist at Google Kids & Families. ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong will moderate this session.

Registration is open.

The health and safety of conference attendees and vendors is our priority. ALA is carefully following the latest health and safety guidelines for large group gatherings from the CDC, the DC Department of Health, as well as the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which works with vendors in environmental services, technology upgrades in health and safety, food and beverage and other services. To see the American Library Association Annual Conference 2022 Health Protocols page which will be regularly updated in case of change.

ALA’s annual conference invites library professionals at all career levels and from all types of libraries to engage in top-quality professional development opportunities, including more than 160 training sessions, and to have access to the latest information from experts in policy, research and technology during the News You Can Use sessions. There will be over 12 memorable thought leaders and celebrity speakers sharing their unique insights on the main stage.

The Conference planner includes a variety of sessions and educational programs hosted by ALA divisions and units. It will be updated with new agenda content as we move forward into the conference.

New to this year’s ALA Annual Conference is The digital experience. Those registered for this virtual offer will have access to 42 training sessions, 14 News You Can Use sessions and four keynote speakers. These sessions will be streamed live directly from the conference in Washington, D.C. Registration for the digital experience includes on-demand content for a total of 60 sessions through August 31, 2022.

The library market will host many popular exhibits and activities from past conferences. More than 550 knowledgeable exhibitors will provide access to innovative products and services, and publishers will host more than 80 presentations from established and new authors on nine genre-specific stages. Other on-site favorites include Meet the Authors, Poster Sessions, Live at the 25 Podcast Booth, Free Advanced Reading Copies (ARC), and more.

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Media interested in registering for the session can contact [email protected]

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