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Are you presenting at this year's conference? Make sure to read this important information for NCLA/SELA 2021 Conference Presenters and also Instructions for Including Additional Materials (slides, handouts, etc.)

Are you presenting a virtual poster at this year's conference? Make sure to read the Poster Presentation Guidelines

Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote

miguel figueroa in a blue shirtMiguel Figueroa is president and CEO of Amigos Library Services. He previously served as director of ALA's Center for the Future of Libraries and held roles at the American Theological Library Association (Atla), New York University Medical Center, and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.


Ogilvie Keynote

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick in a green dress against a brick wallKaetrena Davis Kendrick earned her MSLS from the historic Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests include professionalism, ethics, racial and ethnic diversity in the LIS field, and the role of communities of practice in practical academic librarianship. She is co-editor of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL 2016) and author of two annotated bibliographies. In her daily and long-term work, Kendrick has transformed library programs, services, and culture via creativity, leadership, and advocacy. In 2019, Kendrick was named the Association of College and Research Libraries' Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. Learn more about Kaetrena's mission and activities.


Closing Keynote

Cadwell Turnbull in a black shirtCadwell Turnbull is the award-winning author of The Lesson and No Gods, No Monsters. His short fiction has appeared in The Verge, Lightspeed, Nightmare, Asimov's Science Fiction, and several anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 and The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019. His debut The Lesson was the winner of the 2020 Neukom Institute Literary Award in the debut category. The novel was also short-listed for the VCU Cabell Award and long-listed for the Massachusetts Book Award. Turnbull lives in Raleigh and teaches at North Carolina State University.


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