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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 2019 Annual Conference!

Through internal and external collaboration, libraries are strengthening communities and meeting their unique needs by developing new services, partnerships, and initiatives. Libraries are demonstrating how successful collaborations make a difference and intensify impacts. Support the association’s move forward with its new strategic plan, designed to help accomplish together what none can do alone, by using this conference to showcase your everyday collaborations alongside developing programs. We invite staff from all levels and all types of libraries to join the conversation by sharing the amazing work you do.

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, Sept 19: TBD; Friday, Sept 20: TBD

Conference Tracks

Your proposal should fit into one or more of the following 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
    -- Frontline   Of particular relevance to paraprofessionals and other frontline staff

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:


1. Name, phone and email address for Presenter 1 of the session
2. Title of proposed session (a draft is okay)
3. A brief description of proposed session (50 words or fewer) and extended description of proposed session (250 words or fewer)
4. Target audience for your proposal
5. Level of the material (e.g. beginner, intermediate, advanced)
6. Anticipated speaker(s) (You don't need all the names at the time of submission, please indicate the number of speakers.)
7. Indication of most appropriate conference track for the 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

Proposal submission deadline   April 18
Program selection
by May 2
Program acceptance/rejection notifications sent   by May 15
Final presentation details deadline   by June 6
Session date/time assignment notifications sent   by June 13


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.

Proposal Submission


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


Please contact Program Committee Chair,  Ryan McCormick.

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