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TLA 2021 FAQs

We’re excited to see you at conference!

Registered conference attendees:

  • You will receive an email on Monday, April 19 with information on how to login and access the platform. We’ll send it to the email you used to register for conference. The email will be from
  • If you do not received a login and instructions by the end of the day Monday the 19th, please contact TLA at or call us at 512.328.1518.
  • Review our Know Before You Go email for other information.
When will I receive my login to the virtual portal?

You will receive an email on Monday, April 19 with information on how to login and access the platform. We’ll send it to the email you used to register for conference. The email will be from

Who do I contact if I have not received a login and instructions?

If you don’t receive your login email by the end of the day on Monday April 19, please contact TLA at or call us at 512.328.1518.

How do I navigate around the virtual portal?

Watch this approximately 1 minute video to learn how.

What can I do after I get logged in to the virtual portal?

Start building your schedule. Try out the virtual photo booth. Update your profile with bio information and your picture. We recommend a 400 x 400 pixel size for the photo.

How do I find the education sessions that are most relevant to me?

From the Education Sessions area in the virtual platform, you can filter by:

  • Session Type:  Author Visit, Education Session, Exhibitor Showcase, Featured Author Sessions, General Sessions, Keynote, Networking/Chat Rooms, Poster Sessions, Social Events, and Training
  • Track: General, Live Session, On-demand Session, Presentation with Live Text Chat, and Presentation with Live Video Q&A
  • Topic: About TLA, Archives & Special Collections, Career Development, Collection Services, Librarianship, Literature, Management, Professional Issues, Technology, and User Services
  • Sub Topic: More than 50 sub topics such as Adult Literature, Best Practices, Career Guidance & Mentoring, Customer Service, Diversity & Social Change, Leadership & Change, Reference Services, Scholarly Communication, Systems, Transliteracy & Instruction, etc.
What if I want to see a particular speaker or author? How do I add them to my schedule?
  • Click on “Schedule Builder” at the top left.
  • Then on the left navigation bar, click “Speakers and Authors.” You’ll be able to search by name (Neal Shusterman, for example.)
  • Click on the author’s name to see their sessions, and then click the blue “Add to Schedule” button to add to your schedule.
Where can I find the schedule?

You can find the schedule in our Winter TLJ/Conference Program.

What are the registration rates?

Member Rates

Late (March 27 – April 24) – $99; online registration only


Late (March 27 – April 24) – $129; online registration only

What are the dates of the TLA 2021 conference?

The virtual conference will take place from April 22-24 (the original conference was scheduled from April 20-23.)

Will the sessions be available on demand after April 24?

Yes, registered attendees will be able to access all of the sessions through June 22.

Will CPE credits be available for sessions?

Yes, the majority of sessions offered at TLA 2021 will carry CE credits.

Why was the decision made to make the conference fully virtual?

A: Because of the complexity and scope of an in-person TLA Annual Conference, we cannot delay planning for months in the hope that our country’s public-health situation will improve to the point that it is safe and reasonable to conduct an in-person event that typically draws 6,000 people or more.

By making this decision now (September 2020), we will have time to develop a new, more-interactive virtual event offered on a top-of-the-line event platform, ensuring that we are able to provide outstanding programs of value to all types of libraries and librarians. We’re excited to present you with the best possible virtual experience!  Read the full statement here.

What if I transferred my TLA 2020 conference fee to 2021? Will I be reimbursed for the price difference?

Yes. TLA is contacting all of those who requested to transfer to TLA 2021. You will receive an email confirming who the check should be made out to and where it should be mailed. Our goal is to mail all refunds by November 15.

Will it look the same as TLA 2020 Virtual did? Are you using the same platform?

It will look BETTER. We will have a new virtual event platform, offering many opportunities that were not available with our previous platform.