Submit a Session Proposal for the 2017 MLA Annual Conference!
Follow the links below to learn more and submit a proposal.
Conference Session Criteria
Conference tracks (session topic ideas)
Information you’ll need to complete a proposal
Submission, review, and selection process
Session Proposal Timeline
Thank you for your interest in presenting to our Association!
The deadline to submit a proposal is May 1, 2017.
The MLA Annual Conference equips library staff with new ideas and tools to stay up-to-date and succeed in their careers. A presentation at the conference can have an immediate and lasting impact on local libraries. Please help shape the programs at the MLA 2017 Annual Conference!
This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. How have you embodied these radical librarianship themes at your institution? Come share at the MLA conference.
Send in a Conference Proposal! Sessions will run 50 minutes (10 minutes less than previous years)—a length appropriate for 1-3 speakers. The format of the session may include presentations, panels, case studies, discussions, or hands-on activities.
Conference Session Criteria
Sessions are 50 minutes, and should cover topics of interest to MLA members. The format of the presentation can include single or multiple speakers, panel discussions, case studies, project demonstrations, etc.
Criteria for Acceptance
Conference session proposals will be reviewed for alignment with conference themes, coverage of topics of timeliness and interest to members, and credentials of presenter(s).
Thursday, Oct. 5: TBD; Friday, Oct. 6: TBD
In the spirit of radicalism, we are debuting new conference tracks!
--Imagine - Examine current trends & emerging realities to think big about the future
--Challenge - Push boundaries, take risks, question conventionality
--Collaborate - Find allies with common goals, build something together
--Engage - Practice community-driven librarianship
--Create & Play - Innovate, explore & invent
--Transform - Revolutionize librarianship, transform communities, change lives
Information You’ll Need to Complete a Proposal
To help you complete the online proposal form quickly and accurately, please have the following information at hand before you begin:
--Name, phone, and e-mail address of the person submitting the proposal
--Title of proposed session (a draft is okay)
--Description of proposed session (250 words or fewer)
--Target audience for your proposal
--Level of the material (e.g. beginner, intermediate, advanced)
--Anticipated speaker(s) (you don't need all the names now, but please indicate the number of speakers)
--Indication of most appropriate conference track for this session
Submission, Review and Selection Process
Conference session proposals will be reviewed by the MLA Conference Program Planning Committee for consistency with conference themes, coverage of topics of timeliness and interest to members, and credentials of presenter(s).
--by May 1– Proposal deadline
--by May 12 – Program selection
--by June 1 – Program acceptance/rejection notification
--by June 22 – Final presentation details
--by July 5 – Session date/time assignment notification
Submit a Proposal
Important: Please be sure you read the speaker's agreement before completing the session proposal form.
Submit a proposal
Please contact Program Committee Co-Chairs, Amy Mars or Margaret Stone.