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2020 ARSL Conference

SOAR with Libraries: Sharing Our Amazing Resources

When: September 28–October 2, 2020
Where: Now online!


The ARSL Conference Committee Chairs and members of the ARSL Board recently met to discuss our options for holding the ARSL 2020 Conference. It was a tough but unanimous decision—ARSL 2020 will be held virtually.

The health of our members and communities is ARSL’s top priority. While we will miss seeing everyone in Wichita, we are excited for this opportunity to reach library professionals who will not be able to travel this year, as well as those who have never been able to attend an ARSL conference. We look forward to making this a fully enjoyable experience for all attendees, presenters, and exhibitors. We are embracing this as an opportunity to try new things! You can still count on our full schedule of professional development, networking, and socializing.

Due to popular demand, we have reopened registration for the conference already underway!


Conference Store

Look stylish on your webcam while wearing a conference T-shirt, hoodie, or sweatshirt from our ARSL Conference Store! New this year, we also have the latest fashions embroidered with the ARSL logoincluding cardigans and face masks! Celebrating Wichita as the “Air Capital of the World,” this year's design SOARs above the rest and will have you looking like first class.


Conference Platform

The 2020 ARSL Conference will be held online using the award-winning event platform Whova! Forming new connections is one of the best parts of an ARSL conference, and we wanted to choose a conference platform that makes it easy to network, collaborate, and socialize. Whova also features both a desktop browser version and a mobile app, so you can access the conference no matter where you're working! The platform features:

  • Live programs – Participate in sessions and keynotes, all of which will be live
  • Program recordings – Get access to all session and keynote recordings through December 31, 2020
  • Community bulletin board  Engage in active conversations with colleagues
  • Meetups  Attend a virtual social meetup or schedule your own
  • Networking – Exchange business cards, search the attendee database, and send messages
  • Exhibitors – Discover new vendors, interact with them in live streams and chats, win raffle prizes, and leave with coupons and giveaways
  • Agenda – Easily search and filter sessions to build your own conference agenda
  • Desktop & mobile apps – Participate at home, at work, or on the go