Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline Extended: March 30, 2020 April 8, 2020


Nominate or self-nominate dynamic, engaging keynote speakers who can speak to our theme of exploring ideas and making them a reality, community-building, or inspire actions to move the library profession forward with their thought-provoking leadership.

Nominate a Keynote Speaker

Sessions and Preconference Workshops

We encourage diversity in presenters from a wide range of backgrounds, libraries, and experiences for sessions or preconference workshops that exemplify our theme. We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities. We also strongly encourage submissions from public, school, and special libraries. 

Vendors wishing to submit a proposal should partner with a library representative who is testing/using the product.

Presenters will submit final presentation slides and/or electronic content (video, audio, etc.), along with hands-on material to be made available online following the event. Presenters are expected to register and participate in the Forum as attendees.

Submit a Session or Preconference Workshop

We’re looking for engaging talks that go beyond discussion.

This may include providing:

  • toolkits
  • skill-building activities
  • templates
  • tutorials
  • lesson plans
  • guides
  • code snippets
  • collaborative documents
  • gamified experiences
  • a mini-hackathon
  • problem-solving tactics
  • demonstrations with handouts

You will be asked to self-identify topics that relate to your talk. Your proposal will be categorized based on those topics.

Collections and DiscoveryDiscovery Tools, Metadata, Learning Management System, Integrated Library System, Collection Development, Automation, Digital Libraries, Institutional Repositories, Physical Collections, Preservation, Acquisitions
Data and AnalyticsLinked Data, Assessment, Privacy, Data Security, Accessibility, and Data Visualization
Future TrendsNew and Cutting-Edge Trends that Impact Libraries
Leadership and ManagementEvidence-Based Practices/Case Studies, Vendors, Acquisitions Planning, Preservation, Diversity and Inclusion, Contracts and Negotiations, Change Management
Problem SolvingPractical Solutions to Problems: (Applications, Management, Service and Technology, etc.)
Skill BuildingInstructional Sessions to Learn a Skill: (Leadership, New Software, Coding, or Application, etc.)
Submit a Session or Preconference Workshop