2021 Annual Convention
Libraries for All: Working and Rebuilding Through Change

The 2021 Annual Convention was held virtually April 28-29, 2021.

Thank you to all who attended and those who presented. A big thanks to our sponsors:

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The 2021 Virtual Convention Program Booklet is available! Take a look at what we are offering this year.

Convention Sessions

Recordings are available.
Please note: you will be required to "register" to watch these recordings. You will be asked for your name and email address.
  • Opening Session with Patti Callahan Henry (Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services) (ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 14 DAYS - THIS RECORDING WILL BE REMOVED ON MAY 14.)
  • Libraries as Centers for Civic Life (Sponsored by Tutor.com)
    • Speakers: Ms. Cristin Brawner, Executive Director of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life; Ms. Tina Nolen, Director of the Ashland Public Library; and Dr. Jessica Ross, Director of the Washington County Public Library System
    • Slides
  • Where Do You Start? Training Tips and Resources for New Catalogers (Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services)
    • Speakers: Ms. Muriel D. Nero, Senior Librarian, Head of Cataloging, University of South Alabama Libraries; Ms. Irina Stanishevskaya, Associate Professor, Metadata Librarian for Electronic Resources, UAB Libraries
    • Slides
  • How to be an Outreach Librarian in the Age of COVID (Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services)
    • Speaker: Ms. Paula Webb, Outreach and Communications Librarian, University of South Alabama Libraries
    • Slides
  • Census 2020: Census Data Information Resources (Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services)
    • Speaker: Ms. Marilyn E. Stephens, Partnership Coordinator, US Census Bureau, Atlanta Region
    • Slides
  • Alabama Author Awards (Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services)
    • Chairs: Stephanie Beaver, Hoover Public Library, and Heather Cover, Homewood Public Library
    • Award Winners:
      • Heather L. Montgomery - Juvenile
      • Deborah Wiles - Young Adult
      • Yaa Gyasi - Fiction
      • Fry Gaillard - Nonfiction
      • Angela Jackson-Brown - Poetry
      • Gail Godwin - Lifetime Achievement
  • Learning Can be Fun! Game Based Learning in the Library (Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services)
    • Speaker: Andrew Foster, Youth Service Coordinator, Montgomery City-County Public Library
    • Slides
  • STREAM: Library and Makerspace Collaboration (Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services)
    • Speakers: Ms. Kristie Noojin-Barnett, EDS, Library Specialist, Oxford Middle School; and Ms. Katie Smith, Makerspace Teacher, Oxford Middle School
    • Slides
  • A Running Start: Installing a Permanent Storywalk @ Your Library
    • Speaker: Ms. Savannah Kitchens, Director, Parnell Memorial Library
    • Slides
  • Alabama Library Association Awards (Sponsored by EBSCO Information Services)
    • Chair: Amanda Melcher, Head of Technical Services, Carmichael Library, University of Montevallo
    • Award Winners:
      • 2020:
        • Eminent Librarian: Tim Dodge
        • Merit Award: Friends of the Public Libraries of Cullman County
        • Distinguished Service: Heather Pendley
        • Public Servant: Senator Arthur Orr and Representative Bill Pool
        • Intellectual Freedom: Rachel Hooper and Kelly Wilson
        • Paralibrarian: Kim Oakley
      • 2021:
        • Library Roll of Honor: Kathleen Lowe
        • Eminent Librarian: Heather Cover
        • Merit Award: Citizens for a Better Grand Bay
        • Distinguished Service: Katie Jane Morris
        • Humanitarian: Virginia Doyle
        • Public Servant:Mobile County Commission
        • Intellectual Freedom: Allison Scanlan
        • Paralibrarian: Edward Eggleston
  • Partnering to Provide Legal Information Across Alabama (Sponsored by Book Systems, Inc.)
    • Speaker: Ms. Laurie McFalls, Staff Attorney, Legal Services Alabama
    • Slides and Handout

Contact Zella’Ques Holmes, 2021 Convention Chair, at [email protected] for more information.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2021 Virtual ALLA Convention!

Zella’Ques Holmes
Head Librarian
Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library
245 High Street
Montgomery, AL. 36104
Phone 334-625-4996
[email protected]