Category Archives: Public Libraries

PaLA Conference Poster Sessions

October 15 – 18, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh – GreenTree
We hope you will plan to attend the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference to take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Pittsburgh–Greentree, located in a Pittsburgh suburb with close proximity to city attractions.  The PaLA Conference offers numerous ways to further your career with innovative educational programming and opportunities to network with your peers in the library community. 

Poster sessions provide an informal forum for library professionals from across the state to share their successful program ideas or innovations with colleagues. An effective poster presentation highlights, with visual display, the main points or components of your topic; the presenter fills in the details verbally and answers questions from those viewing the poster. The object is to gather feedback and to make connections with others interested in the same subject. If you have an idea for a program or study that you’d like to share, we invite you to present a poster!

The deadline for submission of poster proposals is Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

For more information about the conference, and to access the link to the session proposal form, visit the 2017 Conference Information Page.

Thank you in advance to all that submit proposals, we appreciate your dedication to PaLA and to Pennsylvania’s libraries!

Teens and Tweens: What they need from us and we want from them

The Southwest Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association is seeking presenters for its spring workshop, “Teens and Tweens: What they need from us and we want from them.”

Tweens are considered to be between the age of 10-12 and teens are 13-19.  Interacting with them has an impact on all types of librarians.  For school librarians, these students span the world between children’s and young adult resources as they learn how to access and process information. For public librarians, serving this group runs the gamut from collection development to programming. For academic librarians, how public and school librarians serve these groups determines how prepared for college work they are when they arrive as freshman. Presenters should consider how to meet the needs of this age group while presenting on best practices for bridging the transition from pre-adolescent – to teen – to adult.

Presentations are open to school, public, and academic librarians. To submit a workshop proposal click here…

Deadline for proposal submission is March 17, 2017

2017 Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference

The Call for Proposals for the 2017 Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference is now open!  (The conference s being held in St. George, Utah, September 6-9th).

Do you know of a great program or innovative project that will help take libraries to the next level?  Our theme for this year’s conference is Libraries Elevated and we would love to see topics that take libraries from ordinary to extraordinary. 


Submissions for both 1 hour programs and Full/Half Day Preconference workshops are being accepted.  Proposals are due by March 15, 2017.

Please fill out this form to submit your proposal.

American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) Webinars

Do you have a great idea for a webinar? Share your passions with the profession! The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) welcomes submissions of various topics for our future webinars.  We are especially interested in – but not limited to – areas related to Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach.


Successful online webinar proposals should:
  • Name all presenters with relative teaching experience
  • Provide a 250 word description
  • Be aligned with the standards and competencies for diversity.
  • Show plans for presentations allotted for either 60 or 90 minutes.
  •  Clearly outlines learning outcomes for the ODLOS target audience.
  •  Illustrate how the webinar will address a topic of interest for ODLOS.


  • Advocacy
    • Valuing Diversity
    •  Recruitment for Diversity
  • Race
  • Micro-aggressions and Inclusion
  •  LGBT and Gender
  •  Feminism/combating sexism
  • Disability
  • Cultural Competency
    • Intercultural communications
  •  Class
    • Social- economic justice
    • Equity
  • Family Literacy
    •  Literacy Across A Lifespan
  •  Adult Education
    •  Employment Recruitment
    •  Employment Services
  •  English Language Learning
    •  Citizenship and Immigration
  • Community Organizing and Peace Building
  • Organizational and Institutional Change
  •  Recruitment and Retention
  • Serving Traditionally Underserved Populations

Submission Form

To submit a proposal, complete the online submissions form.


ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
1-800-545-2433 ext. 4294
Fax: 312-280-3256

Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers Summit

The Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and the American Library Association invite you to the Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers Summit on February 6, 2017 in Chicago.  At the meeting we will learn from and with US and international librarians, international and national governmental agencies, and domestic resettlement and social services about the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers and the library services needed to support and empower them in their resettlement and integration process.  The information will be used to identify priorities and gaps, develop recommendations and an action plan for library services to refugees and asylum seekers.

You are also invited to participate by presenting a poster.  Please read the call for poster below.

For more information on the Summit and  Project Welcome, a one-year IMLS-funded planning grant (May 2016 – April 2017), see

Project Welcome | Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum …

The Mortenson Center and the American Library Association are pleased to present. Project Welcome: Libraries and Community Anchors Planning for Resettlement and …

Call for Posters

Are you delivering innovative and successful library-based programs or services for refugees and asylum seekers?  Have you conducted research on the library and information needs of refugees and asylum seekers?

You are invited to submit a poster proposal to present and share your best practices or research with attendees at the Project Welcome: Libraries Serving Refugees and Asylum Seekers Summit, February 6, 2016.  All poster presenters need to register for the Summit.

Proposal Submissions

Please complete the online application form by the December 14, 2016 deadline.

Project Coordinators: Clara M. Chu and Susan Schnuer, Mortenson Center for International Library Program

Project Partners: Michael Dowling and Jody Gray, American Library Association

YTH Live -deadline Nov. 4

YTH Live is the premier conference for trailblazing technology that advances youth health and wellness. Each year the brightest minds in youth advocacy, health, and technology gather at YTH Live to showcase what works, share ideas and learnings, and launch new collaborations.

Join us from May 7-9, 2017 at Bespoke in San Francisco. Connect with vibrant thinkers, makers, and doers in the YTH Live community, and take what you learn to improve the lives of the youth you serve and support.

>> Register for YTH Live
>> Submit your abstract
>> FAQs about YTH Live
>> See photos from YTH Live 2016

Are you building a healthier future for youth? Got an innovate app, social media campaign, or other technology that improves the health of young people? Share what you’ve learned with our audience at YTH Live, the youth + tech + health conference. Abstracts are due Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. Please visit to learn more.

Expanding Library Relevancy: Innovation to Meet Changing Needs

Book Publisher: McFarland

Vera Gubnitskaia, co-editor. Contributor, Bringing the Arts into the Library (ALA, 2014); co-editor, Continuing Education for Librarians (McFarland, 2013); academic librarian, indexer.

Carol Smallwood, co-editor, Library’s Role in Supporting Financial Literacy for Patrons (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016); public library administrator, special, school librarian.

One or two chapters sought from U.S. practicing academic, public, school, special librarians, LIS faculty, on creative, practical how-to chapters, case studies, about libraries as learning centers, career and technology helpers, after-school programs, branding, and new ways to use libraries. It will fill a gap in the literature, share successes in broadening library service to fit changing patron needs.

No previously published, simultaneously submitted material. One, two, or three authors per chapter; each chapter by the same author(s) Compensation: one complimentary copy per 3,000-4,000 word chapter accepted no matter how many co-authors or if one or two chapters; author discount.

Please e-mail titles of proposed chapter(s) described in a few sentences by December 10, 2016, with brief bio on each author; place REL, Your Name on subject line:


Urban Library Journal (ULJ)

Call for Papers

Urban Library Journal (ULJ) is an open access, double-blind peer-reviewed journal of research that addresses all aspects of urban libraries and librarianship.

Urban Library Journal invites submissions in broad areas such as public higher education, urban studies, multiculturalism, library and educational services to immigrants, preservation of public higher education, and universal access to World Wide Web resources. We welcome articles that focus on all forms of librarianship in an urban setting, whether that setting is an academic, research, public, school, or special library.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Reference and instruction in diverse, multicultural urban settings
  • Radical librarianship, social justice issues, and/or informed agitation
  • Intentional design / “library as space” in an urban setting
  • Physical and/or virtual accessibility issues
  • Open education resources in urban systems
  • Innovative collaboration between academic departments, other branches, or community partnerships
  • More!

Completed manuscript length should fall between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Full author guidelines can be found on the ULJ website:

The submission period is open now and closes on January 1st, 2017.

For more information about ULJ and to see the latest issue:

C.A.L.L.: Conference About Libraries & Literacy

Thursday, February 9, 2017
C.A.L.L. blog
Welcome to the Conference About Libraries and Literacy (CALL) website! While
you’re here, check out the About C.A.L.L. section to learn more about why
this …

It is our distinct pleasure to invite you to the first Conference About
Libraries & Literacy (C.A.L.L.). The conference is a collaboration between UW-
La Crosse Murphy Library, the School District of La Crosse & La Crosse Public
Library and will take place at Murphy Library on the UW-La Crosse campus on
Thursday, February 9, 2017. Librarians from all types of libraries (school,
public, academic, special, etc.) are welcome to attend.

In an age of globalization, interdependence is something we must acknowledge.
K-12 students become the community citizens and/or college students of
tomorrow. Librarians touch their lives from the beginning of their school
years through high school graduation; to after-school-hours and summer
programming or as a safe place to go when school libraries close; to
vocational job training or university research.
Networking and collaborative initiatives between these groups is the direction
of this new conference.

The theme of the conference will be “If Only They Knew.”  If we accept that
interdependence is a given in our day and age, then communication is vital. It
sometimes takes more of an effort to connect with other librarians in
different types of libraries. Through successful collaborative programming
examples in La Crosse during the past two years, the C.A.L.L. organizers, who
represent various fields of librarianship, can attest to the essential
benefits of knocking on doors, proposing relevant programming in the name of
coordinating and advancing literacy skills as users advance in their formative
years. In our projects with each other, we have observed that if we want to
work together for the overall benefits of our users, there are plenty of
elements of our particular branch of librarianship that we wished the others
knew about. What better way to start the conversation than to bring everyone
together for a day of connecting and express what you wish they knew about
your particular field of librarianship?

We are delighted to invite presenters on the following topics of interest that
may include, but are not limited to:
Successful collaborations which help develop information literacy skills in
Innovative programs or initiatives which promote information literacy
Defining information literacy in a digital age

Submission Details
To submit a conference proposal, please use the submission form. The deadline
to submit proposals is Thursday, November 17, 2016.  The committee invites
proposals that address current challenges faced by professionals in the field
and are solution-oriented as well as stimulate and provoke discussion and
audience engagement. Presentation formats are 5 minute lightning rounds and 30
minute presentations. Panel presentations are accepted. Notification of
acceptance will be Monday, December 5, 2016.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Liz

We look forward to seeing you at the Conference About Libraries and Literacy!

Cindy Halter, School District of La Crosse
Liz Humrickhouse-Lee, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Teri Holford-Talpe, UW-La Crosse Murphy Library
Linda Jerome, La Crosse Public Library
Sam Wood, Western Technical College Library

ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) at ALA Annual 2017

Thinking about attending the ALA Annual Conference, June 22-27 2017 in Chicago
Have you worked on any projects or activities involving film or video at your institution?

The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) welcomes program proposals for ALA Annual on just about anything related to video and libraries! The term video includes moving picture media in all of its forms – DVDs, streaming, video tapes, video art, YouTube videos, animation, iPhone shot footage, etc.

Proposals are due SOON, August 31, 2016!

Sample ideas (but we very much welcome others):

  • Have you created video tutorials?

  • Are you using film clips (or gifs) in instruction?

  • Have you created a media center for your patrons?
  • Do you work with students or faculty in video creation?
  • Are you finding new ways to promote films to your community?
  • Are you doing anything interesting in curating your film collection?
  • Have you made library promotional videos?

  • Are you involved with film or video preservation?

  • Have you offered special film programming/events at your library?

If you’re interested in submitting a proposal, please read the guidelines and complete the online form at:

The Program Committee will review all proposals and notify participants of proposal acceptance by Sept. 21, 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the Program Committee co-chairs, Steven Milewski or Laine Thielstrom