US ‘warrior librarian’ Tracie D Hall speaks at State Library Victoria

Prominent American advocate for libraries, Tracie D Hall visits Melbourne to talk about book banning and the concomitant decline in adult and child literacy levels.
Library. Image is of a Black woman in a black , brown and white patterned dress leaning on a library bookshelf filled with books.

Writer, librarian and public scholar, Tracie D Hall, who was named as one of Time’s Most Influential people of 2023 and the first Black woman to lead the American Libraries Association (ALA) in its 150-year history, will deliver the inaugural For Future Reference lecture at State Library Victoria on 7 December.

Hall is the ALA’s outgoing executive director, finishing her tenure in October 2023. Her work in library and arts administration has been recognised in the US with the National Book Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and by Time magazine. Hall was the 2023 recipient of the medal for Freedom of Speech and Free Expression by the Franklin D Roosevelt Institute.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on