The Future of Libraries

Once a year in the fall, the PLP Staff Development Committee hosts The Future of Libraries, a one-day conference that highlight innovations taking place in libraries today.



Future of Libraries 2020: Focus on Equity, Anti-racism, and Work in the New Normal

Future of Libraries 2020 is a two-day, virtual conference devoted to the most important issues facing public libraries today.  Each day features a morning of engaging speakers followed by an interactive lunch session for networking and discussion from 1pm – 2pm.  Session recordings will be made available to registrants after the conference.


Day 1 features speakers addressing racial equity and social justice in libraries.  Day 2 features a discussion of safety, services, and work in the New Normal of COVID-19.


The Future of Libraries 2020 conference is brought to you by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee (PLPSDC).

October 7 & 8, 2020, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Future of Libraries 2020 will be held virtually.

Registration Fee: $10;

California Public Library Staff: Register HereAll Others: Register Here

Registration closes on October 5, 2020.

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Future of Libraries 2020 Conference is supported by California Libraries Learn (CALL), a joint project of the California State Library and the California Library Association. CALL is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
Note: Proceeds from the conference allow PLP to continue offering training to library staff, and we thank CALL for its sponsorship of California public library staff. If you do not fall into that category and are unable to fund your own conference attendance, you may apply for a fee waiver. To do so, contact Fiona Potter and Elaine Tai at  and


Day 1, Programs and Speakers:
The I's of Oppression
  • Celesté Martinez: Owner & Founder of Celestial Alegria
Diversity and Language
  • Stacy Collins: Research & Instruction Librarian Simmons University
Lightning Talk
California CREI (Cultivating Race Equity and Inclusion) Initiative
  • Patty Wong: ALA President-Elect; City Librarian Santa Monica Public Library
Denver Public Library Report
  • Ozy Aloziem: Community Connection Program Coordinator, Denver Public Library
EDI and Libraries Panel
  • Stacy Collins: Research & Instruction Librarian Simmons University
  • Ozy Aloziem: Community Connection Program Coordinator, Denver Public Library
  • Chantel Walker: Assistant Director of County Library Systems, Marin County Free Library
  • Alison Macrina: Founder & Director, Library Freedom Project


Day 2, Programs and Speakers:
Privacy, Surveillance, Ethics During Crisis
  • Alison Macrina: Founder & Director, Library Freedom Project
Lightning Talks
Advocacy in COVID Times with the E’s of Marketing
  • Alan Fishel: Author of Proving Your Library’s Value: Persuasive, Organized, and Memorable Messaging; ALA United for Libraries Board Member, Counsel to ALA
  • Skip Dye: SVP, Library Sales and Digital Strategy, Penguin Random House, United for Libraries Board Member and 2018-2019 President
Update from the REALM project: RE-opening Archives, Libraries, and Museums
  • Sharon Streams: REALM Project Director, OCLC
  • Carol Frost: Executive Director, Peninsula Library System; CEO, Pacific Library Partnership
Accessibility in Virtual Environments
  • Rachel Fager: Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Lauren Wittek: Assistant Professor and User Experience & Assessment Librarian at Central Washington University’s James E. Brooks Library