Schedule is in Eastern Time Zone

DAY/TIME                                             SESSION/ACTIVITY

MONDAY •• JULY 15, 2024



1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Attendee Check In & Information

2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session Block

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

IDEAL Conference Host Panel

TUESDAY •• JULY 16, 2024



8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Attendee Check In & Information

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Session Block 1

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Session Block 2

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Plenary Session—Lunch Provided

2:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Posters Available

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Session Block 3

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Session Block 4

4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

BREAK: Afternoon Energizer refreshment

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Session Block 5

5:45 p.m.–6:45 p.m.

Community Space

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Reception: IDEALfest

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WEDNESDAY •• JULY 17, 2024



7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Attendee Check In & Information

7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Posters Available

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session—Breakfast Provided

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Session Block 6

10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Session Block 7

11:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch—Provided

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m.

Posters Block 1

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Poster Block 2

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Session Block 8

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.

Toronto Metropolitan Urban Farm Chartered Tour*

3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Session Block 9

4:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

BREAK: Afternoon Energizer refreshment

4:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m.

Session Block 10

6:15p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Plenary Session & Closing

7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Advancing IDEAL Reception+

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THURSDAY •• JULY 18, 2024

TOURS: University of Toronto



11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

University of Toronto Scarborough Library*

12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

University of Toronto Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library Open House*

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

University of Toronto Library Media Commons’ Archive Cold Vault Tour*

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

University of Toronto Robarts Common Tour*

TOURS: York University 

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

York University: Media Creation Lab Facilities at Scott Library Tour

(*) indicates reservation required during registration; free
(+) indicates purchased pass required during registration


The IDEAL Conference offers ten session tracks by content area. Attendees should treat tracks as suggestions and can hop from track to track and choose your own adventure as you navigate different sessions. Tracks are complementary and in many ways sessions may cross multiple tracks. 


Includes sessions specific to universal design for learning, physical dis/abilities, and neuro-diversity in the library field.


Focuses on challenging, resisting, and disrupting systems that create and perpetuate inequities, and focuses on re-envisioning and recreating those systems to redistribute power. 


Explores diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and justice (DEIAJ) through building, diversifying, and preservation in archival practices. 

Centering Marginalized Experiences

Focuses on uplifting the experiences, perspectives, and voices of members of marginalized communities (e.g., IBPOC, queer) within the context and landscape of the library field.  


Explores DEIAJ through a lens of collections specific to collection work, OER’s, and special collections.


Centers on intentionally building partnerships with relevant stakeholders and collective knowledge making between community members and libraries. 

Data Management

Explores DEIAJ through a data collection and administration lens.


Designed for leaders at every level to hone their management and governance skills through the lens of DEIAJ.  

Strategic Planning and Policymaking

Focuses on strategically embedding DEIAJ practices into the daily operations of libraries and archives through high level planning and documentation. 

Sustainable Practices

Offers sessions centered on workplace sustainability specific to employee retention, engagement, and DEIAJ practices.