The IDEAL Conference brings together members of the international library and archive community to explore the knowledge, awareness, skills, and attitudes needed to effectively navigate the complexities and opportunities specific to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and justice. IDEAL 2024 will explore Sustainable Resistance and Restoration in Global Communities, and participants can expect a wide variety of educational programming, engaging plenary sessions, and community building.

Choose from 90+ Sessions Across 10 Tracks

Learn from 200 Speakers and Presenters

Connect with an International Community of 700+

Text: Opening Keynote

Anne-Marie Pham (she/her)

Leading the Way, Leaving a Legacy

In this opening plenary, participants are invited to reflect on why we are gathering in this space together and the importance of the international library & archive ecosystem in fostering and sustaining diversity, equity, justice, accessibility & inclusion.

Through an understanding of the policy landscape that deepens oppression and sustains structural inequity, Anne-Marie will share strategies that allies in the library & archive space can consider to build community, to strengthen opportunities, and to ensure that the stories of marginalized communities can be honored, curated, and saved for future generations.



Suspending Disbelief:
A Practice for Collective Change

The library and archive community are at the forefront of social change, and currently positioned to reimagine our collective relationship with our history, our future and our potential. The closing plenary session will reflect on the urgency of this work in the current socio-political climate, the history of Black-led movements to protect access to literacy and archives, the role of remembering to foster a better future, and the discipline of suspending disbelief to foster a more radical and just future.

In this session, Nicole will provide actionable ways not just for participants to resource themselves, but mobilize their communities to collectively face criticism and pushback on their work, and create space to absorb and apply these techniques to what they gleaned from the conference experience.

Nicole invites participants to use this space for inspiration, remembrance, and reflection, and holds it in honor of the voices around the world whose cultural works contributed to social movements but have been lost or destroyed by colonization, censorship destruction, or displacement.

Nicole Cardoza (she/her)


Visiting: Indigenous Scholars Elevating and Surfacing Truths

Cori Bazemore-James
Assistant Vice Provost,
Graduate School Diversity Office
and Affiliate Faculty,
Higher Education Program
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

Mikayla Redden
New College, University of Toronto


Allison M. Waukau
American Indian Library Association

Text: IDEAL IMPACT: Native American Center of Toronto
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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to partner with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) and provide a donation of US$5,000 to the organization.

We invite IDEAL attendees to donate to NCCT. ARL will match the total contributions up to US$5,000 made by registered conference attendees before the end of IDEAL 2024.

Select the "General" Fund option, and using the private
message open field, add "IDEAL Match" to your donation.

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto has been in operation for more than 60 years, we offer programs for seniors, youth, culture, adult case management, Early On, community health navigation, wellness, and social enterprise to the Indigenous urban community of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

The outside of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto

ARL and NCCT are exploring additional ways to intentionally
partner and center Indigenous communities at IDEAL 2024. 

Text: ABout Toronto

Toronto is the City of Neighborhoods. More than 46 percent of the nearly three million-strong population is foreign-born, and their reception game is so strong that they refer to immigrants as “newcomers”. This bear hug of a welcome is central to what makes this city what it is: a true meeting ground of different cultures, cuisines, and faiths, a pluralist paradise up north. It's a city with a Little India, Chinatown, Greektown, Koreatown, Portugal Village, two Little Italys, and more than 150 spoken languages; a place where the Indigenous population is routinely celebrated, rather than overlooked. —Condé Nast Traveler 

See the list of all Toronto Neighborhoods and learn more about navigating the city, where to visit, and what events are happening during your stay in Toronto.

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