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64th biennial conference, October 18-22, 2021

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The 64th Biennial Conference will be held October 18 - 22, 2021, hosted jointly by NCLA and SELA (Southeastern Library Association). The theme is “S.E.E. the Future: Support. Educate. Empower.” 

Conference presentations will be available virtually as either pre-recorded or live sessions. We also plan to host some in-person events at the Benton Convention Center. The conference schedule will be released in July.


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Important Dates: 

  • February 15, 2021: CFP opens 

  • March 15, 2021: Poster proposals open

  • April 16, 2021: CFP closes; Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the Programs Committee (see criteria below)

  • May 14-19, 2021: Acceptance emails sent for presentations

  • June 15, 2021: Poster proposals close

  • July 1, 2021: Conference registration opens

  • July 12-16, 2021: Acceptance emails sent for posters

  • August/September 2021: Schedule times for pre-recording sessions or for rehearsing live sessions; solicit volunteer moderators 

  • September/early October: Pre-record sessions and host rehearsal sessions; assign moderators as needed

  • October 18-22, 2021: NCLA/SELA Conference 

Conference Rates

Full Conference - $80 for NCLA or SELA members; $100 for non-members; $25 for students

Preconference - (live, not recorded) - $10 per preconference session

Recorded sessions - $40 (only for those unable to attend the full conference; access will be given after the conference) 

If we are able to offer in-person events during the conference week, full conference registrants may attend at no extra charge. Full conference registrants will also be given access to the recorded sessions.

Scholarships Available

If you are planning to attend the #NCLA21 conference co-sponsored by SELA, you can apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of registration! There are scholarships available for NC library workers and students. Applications are open until 5 p.m. on July 16.

NC library workers:

The State Library of North Carolina (SLNC) is pleased to announce scholarships to support registration costs for North Carolina library staff attendance at the 64th Biennial NCLA/SELA Conference, Oct 18-22, 2021.  

These scholarships are made possible with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Awardee notification on July 26. 

Stay in the loop! Sign up for the SLNC News mailing list, to hear about scholarship application details and other updates from the State Library.


Conference scholarships are available for students thanks to the generosity of NCLA sections.

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