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2018 MLA Conference: Speaker Information
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The deadline to submit a proposal has passed. No further proposals will be collected at this time.

Follow the links below to learn more.

Conference Session Criteria
Conference tracks (session topic ideas)
Information you’ll need to complete a proposal
Submission, review, and selection process
Session Proposal Timeline
Speaker’s Agreement

Thank you for your interest in presenting to our Association!

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 2018 Annual Conference!

This year’s theme is
Programmed to Lead. How are libraries employing digital technology to address challenges in their communities and campuses? How are they confronting the problems that can accompany this technology?  How do libraries lead individuals in their efforts to improve their lives and the world around them?

We invite staff from all levels and all types of libraries to join the conversation about how your library is a leader.


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).

Session Times

Thursday, Oct. 11: TBD; Friday, Oct. 12: TBD

Conference Tracks

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).

Proposal Timeline

--by May 8– Proposal deadline
by May 15 – Program selection
by June 6 – Program acceptance/rejection notification
by June 22 – Final presentation details
by July 13 – Session date/time assignment notification


Please note: Session proposal acceptance and decline notices went out to all of those who submitted proposals on June 6th. If you submitted a proposal but did not receive a notice, please contact for more information.

Submit a Proposal

Important: Please be sure you read the speaker's agreement before completing the session proposal form.


The deadline to submit a session proposal has passed. At this time we are not collecting additional proposals. 



Please contact Program Committee Chair, Amy Boese.

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