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ACRL 2023: Day One

by | Mar 16, 2023 | 2 comments


by Leah Hinds, Executive Director, Charleston Hub

Against the Grain is coming to you live, once again, this time from Pittsburgh, PA, for the 2023 ACRL meeting. Attendance is just over 2,100 people (including both in-person and virtual attendees), and there are 147 exhibitors. Almost $90,000 worth of scholarships were awarded in six categories to 100 scholarship winners.


Day One: Wednesday, March 18

The registration check-in area was easy to locate and navigate on arrival, and badge printing was quick and painless despite the crowds.

Registration check-in area

After getting my badge, I walked through the “Game and Creative Lounge” that was located in the hallway/perfection area between registration and the keynote presentation. There were fun games, puzzles, giant checker boards, corn hole boards, a coloring wall, and a “Shelfie” wall where you could write in your favorite book on the bookshelf and take a photo.

The conference Opening Keynote was held on Wednesday, March 15, and featured Rebecca Nagle, an award-winning advocate, writer, and citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She is also the host of the podcast “This Land.” Nagle took the stage after a warm welcome from John Culshaw, Chair of the Board of Directors, ACRL President Erin Ellis, and ALA President Lessa Kananiʻopua Pelayo-Lozada.

Walking in to the Keynote Session Ballroom

Nagle spoke passionately about the intersection of Native representation in the media and Tribal sovereignty in public policy, and about the representation (or lack thereof) of Native Americans in the media. After acknowledging that she realizes libraries are “about more than just books,” she shared a list of her favorite books, as well as a list of Twitter accounts and news sources, to amplify and uplift Native voices.

After the opening keynote, the Exhibit Hall was ready for the welcome reception with appetizers and a cash bar. It was great to run into people in the exhibits and I’ve already had some really great hallway conversations! Looking forward to more the rest of the week. Stay tuned!


  1. Tonia Graves

    Thanks, Leah. Have fun!

    • Leah Hinds

      Thanks Tonia! It’s been great so far, lots of great sessions and learning opportunities.


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