August 26, 2021 | 3 Minute Read

Gale to Host Impact Live 2021: Free Virtual Event Exclusively for Public Libraries

Two-Day Online Event Features 40+ Speakers and 20+ Sessions Covering Topics and Real-World Scenarios Relevant to Public Libraries Around Data, Entrepreneurship, Equity, Literacy and Workforce

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – August 26, 2021 Gale, part of Cengage Group, will host its first Impact Live 2021 virtual event September 29-30, 2021. This free, two-day, professional development event is exclusively for public library professionals, where they will learn from their peers, thought-leaders and industry experts how they can adapt and ensure their libraries are on a path to success. The event will feature more than 20 sessions and over 40 speakers who will share real-world experiences and best practices as well as explore industry issues, trends and challenges that libraries are facing today.

The theme of Impact Live 2021 is Connect, Inspire and Elevate. In March 2020, 99% of all public libraries closed due to the pandemic, pausing physical access to critical child development and educational resources for individuals and families in almost every community in the country. Impact Live is an opportunity for public libraries to get back on track by connecting, inspiring, and evolving alongside peers and experts in their field.

“Libraries keep communities connected in ways that bring us all closer together,” said Brian Risse, vice president of public library sales at Gale. “We miss the face-to-face interactions that conferences and meetings give us and coming together virtually in this way allows us a path to still share trends and challenges. With Impact Live, we want to connect conversations and learnings in a big way—and most importantly, inspire the actions that help libraries, and their communities thrive.”

Keynote speakers include:

Impact Live will feature five learning tracks across the two-day event:


  • Literacy: improve outcomes through programming, outreach, and community partnerships.
  • Workforce: fuel local economy by strengthening the employability of workers and job seekers.
  • Equity: discover how libraries are meeting their equity, diversity, and inclusion goals to maximize community impact.


  • Data: transform library operations through data-driven planning and decision-making.
  • Entrepreneurship: become the destination for the local business community and help bolster economic recovery.

The event also features built-in breaks for chair yoga and mindfulness, and prizes will be given away to participants who actively engage in the virtual experience. Sessions will be posted on-demand and all registrants will have access to the session recordings.  

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Impact Live Virtual Event Details: 

What: Impact Live 2021

When: September 29-30, 2021 (two half-days)

Time: 1:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET each day

Where: Virtual event

Cost: Free


Event Hashtag: #impactlive

NOTE TO REPORTERS: If you are interested in attending Impact Live and/or speaking with any of the presenters, please reach out to Kayla Siefker.

About Cengage Group and Gale

Cengage Group, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Group, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit

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