Featured Presenters

Dr Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal

Dr Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal

Professor of Special Education and Advocate for Multicultural Children’s Books
Behrouz Boochani

Behrouz Boochani

Author, Journalist, Human Rights Defender, Associate Professor at UNSW
Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela

Children’s Author, Teacher, Speaker, Workshop Leader
Dr. Randa Abdel-Fattah

Dr. Randa Abdel-Fattah

Author, Academic, Human Rights Advocate

Get Involved!

There are three presentation slots during the mini-conference. If you are interested in lending your voice scroll down for the submission form

Fully Online Library Mini-Conference

The Library Mini-Conference is an opportunity for library professionals to gather around the world on topics that impact us all. We had hoped to have more opportunity to gather face to face but the Pandemic has had over ideas! This event can be joined fully online via Zoom. We still encourage library teams to gather where possible to participate. 

Including Full 21CLHK Online Conference

All registrants for the Library Mini-Conference will also get a full pass to the 21CLHK Online Conference. So in addition to a day and half of the curated content for librarians, you’ll also get access to all two weeks of content. 150 sessions with a specific library strand. 


F2F Opportunity

If you are interested in joining the event face to face there is an opportunity in Ho Chi Minh City. Please go ahead and register and we’ll be in touch

Benefits to Attending

  • Connect

    with Guest Speakers and Authors from around the world

  • Make connections

    with librarians around the world

  • PD Hours

    Receive a certificate of attendance with PD hours.

  • Curate

    exceptional lists of books around the topic of social justice, social emotional learning and more.

  • Ask hard questions

    about diversity, social justice with schools in similar situations

Key Learning Objectives

  • Diversity & Social Justice 
  • Social and Emotional Learning 
  • Explore Bibliotherapy

Essential Questions

  • How can libraries support teaching social justice?
  • How do the themes of social justice and diversity play out in the variety of different international school contexts? How should the library respond?
  • How can libraries support a teaching and learning environment that is supportive and caring for all learners?

Saturday, January 23

Times in Vietnam/Thailand Time (UTC+7)

Focus: Diversity & Social Justice

Registration (if onsite at a hub)
Kickoff Presentation “Social Justice: From Buzzword to Practice” (Dr. Randa Abdel-Fattah) & Q&A
Reading for Social Justice and Transformative (Anti-racist) Education (Dr Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal)
Lunch (1h)
Behrouz Boochani Keynote: “No Friend But The Mountains: the story of one man’s struggle for justice and human rights.
Group Discussion/Work – How do we bring social justice into schools? – breakouts around age groups (Dr Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal)
Library Presentation: Mary ACS Abu Dhabi: Project Lit – Celebrating Diverse Reads and Engaging Students in Rich Discussions
Library Presentations OPTION 1 Kate SAS: Curating Inclusive Library and Classroom Library Collections Begins With Diversity Audits / OPTION 2 Nat ISB: Can a colonizer “decolonize” a library?
Wrapping up & Consolidation (Dr Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal)

Sunday, January 24

Times in Vietnam/Thailand Time (UTC+7)

Focus: Social-Emotional Learning

Registration (if onsite at a hub)
Deb Abela: Bringing Stories About Complex Subjects To Life
9:30Library Presentations: Option 1: Bec Taylor ISBeijing: Everyone Can Research! Utilizing MISO methods from Early Years to IB ,Option 2: Carlos TAS (in house RISS): Raising Empathy with Games
10:30Library presentation: Amy & Claire SSIS (in house RISS): Using Book Clubs To Raise Awareness in MS/HS
Stories That Provide Hope and Comfort During Troubled Times (Dr Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal)

You will hear from a number of guest speakers during the course of the mini-conference as well as have the opportunity to hear from your colleagues in breakout sessions. 

Note: Final schedule subject to change depending on speaker availability.

Get Involved – Submit A Presentation

Presentations are 25 minutes long and should follow the theme of the mini-conference. Presentations will be delivered via Zoom

If you could like to submit a presentation to the main conference you can do that here

Library Submission Form


The price for the whole mini-conference is $195USD + 4% registration fee; not including any F&B if you are joining one of the hubs

Registration is through the 21CLHK Conference registration system. You can select an option for library Mini-conference only, or choose to also attend the main conference (priced separately)

Conference Coordinators

Danny Glasner

Danny Glasner

Teacher Librarian United World College, Thailand
Kerry Gittins

Kerry Gittins

Teacher Librarian Renaissance International School in HCMC, Vietnam

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