Opening Session, digital equity, Cicely Tyson

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Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain

Even as they worked on it, writers and historians Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain knew the book they edited together, Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619–2019, would make history. Speaking at the Opening Session of ALA Midwinter Virtual 2021, the pair described both the significance of the volume and the process of compiling it.


I Love My Librarian Award

ALA presented the annual I Love My Librarian Awards in a livestreamed ceremony at Midwinter Virtual 2021. The awards honor 10 librarians per year for outstanding service. This year’s recipients include four academic librarians, three public librarians, and three school librarians.

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@learninglis: The #ILoveMyLibrarian award ceremony has been my favorite part of #alamw21 so far. So many inspiring stories for this MSLS student 🤩 #alamw2021


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Actor, lecturer, and activist Cicely Tyson became the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar in 2018. Her new memoir, Just As I Am, includes details of her friendship with dancer Arthur Mitchell, her marriage to jazz legend Miles Davis, and memories of entertainers and luminaries. 12:30–1 p.m. Sunday, January 24.

COVID-19 has shed light on our country’s need to make immediate progress toward digital equity. Panelists will discuss what public libraries are doing to break down barriers to broadband and device access and digital opportunities. 1:15–2:15 p.m. Sunday, January 24.

Ian Kitajima, an artificial intelligence expert from technology company Oceanit, will discuss how developments in AI and machine learning will impact the work of libraries. 2:30–3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 24.

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Midwinter Preview

Read our roundup to learn about the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities awaiting attendees at this year’s all-virtual event.

Emmanuel Acho

Sports analyst and former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho will speak at 3:30 p.m. today about his book, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. American Libraries talked with him ahead of his Midwinter appearance about allyship, equity in sports, and libraries.

By the Numbers: Midwinter

Which Midwinter brought in the most attendees? In what year were exhibits added to the program? Get ready for conference with these stats on the history and happenings of ALA’s Midwinter Meeting.


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