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+

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Anne-Marie Pham

Anne-Marie Pham has worked with diverse communities and workplaces for over 25 years. She has a deep understanding of issues and opportunities related to diversity and inclusion, and specializes in mobilizing, educating, and sharing the latest research and promising practices on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. Anne-Marie brings a unique set of skills and perspectives having worked as a diversity and inclusion lead for Spectra Energy and the City of Calgary, and as a trainer and facilitator for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. She has provided dynamic presentations, training, and consulting services to clients from a wide range of industries in the business, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Anne-Marie has a master’s degree in public administration (MPA), a BA in sociology, and a senior HR professional certification with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is also a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory tool.

Anne-Marie is a wife and mother of two, as well as an avid community leader, supporting civic participation, mentoring, and leadership development especially among immigrants, visible minorities, women, and youth. In 2013, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award for her community service. Anne-Marie is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), a Crown corporation dedicated to working towards the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination. She was a member of the City of Calgary's Anti-Racism Action Committee from October 2020 to October 2023.



Nicole Cardoza is a magician, equity activist, and culture visionary who seamlessly blends the art of stage magic with the work of social justice to conjure a world where possibility knows no bounds.

As a magician, Nicole enchants and educates her audiences by weaving creative illusions with the oft-untold history and future of Black and female magicians, encouraging us to discover our inherent magic, take risks, and learn from the extraordinary. By moving cards through time, coins through space, or destroying and restoring simple objects, audiences visualize and imagine what once may have felt impossible. 

Nicole strives to be a beacon of change, utilizing action, strategy, and performance to reshape our reality. As a Black queer woman, Nicole works to transcend societal binaries, exploring the realms of possibility and reclaiming the essence of "Black Girl Magic" that is too often overlooked. 

As the founder of Reclamation Ventures and the Reclamation Ventures Fund, Nicole has not only created a venture studio but a movement dedicated to incubating endeavors that redefine the limits of human potential. Nicole spearheads projects that bridge the wellness gap, giving over $600,000 in non-equity grants to trailblazers forging a path to make wellness more accessible. 

By founding initiatives like Anti-Racism Daily, a media platform boasting 300,000 email subscribers and 600,000 social followers, Nicole has become a force of change, raising over $2 million to dismantle the structures of white supremacy.

Nicole fosters literary rebellion with the Banned Books Book Club, inviting others to celebrate forbidden narratives while championing the freedom to read. Nicole is a noted children’s book author and seasoned public speaker, having graced the stages of major conferences and festivals, hosted and facilitated workshops for major Fortune 500 companies, and lectured at colleges and universities. She has been featured in the New York Times, Fortune, and Teen Vogue.

Nicole Cardoza

Reclamation Ventures


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

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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
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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. 

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

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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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