2008 Spring Conference -- Call for Proposals

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Call for Presentation Proposals

ILA/ACRL Spring Conference 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008 – St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

Activating Advocacy:

The Many Roles of Academic Libraries

Deadline for Receipt of Proposals: Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Librarians, library support personnel, faculty, and collaborators from academic libraries are invited to submit proposals on topics relevant to academic library advocacy, broadly interpreted. Focuses may include, but are not limited to:

  • What do you do to stand up for library principles, including the Library Bill of Rights and the Core Values of Librarianship?
  • How do members of the library staff (including librarians) contribute to the greater good of the college/university or local community (e.g. advocating for intellectual freedom, literacy and/or lifelong learning)?
  • What innovative ways do you use to teach? (advocating for students’ growth and learning)
  • In what ways do you advocate for faculty? (e.g. sponsoring conversations about teaching, providing information about scholarly communication issues, getting budget support for faculty scholarly needs such as databases, journals, bibliographic software, etc.)
  • What are you doing to gain advocates for the library across campus and in the community?
  • How have you collaborated with other institutions, other departments within your own institution, or community groups?


Sessions are one hour and we recommend that presentations be approximately 45-50 minutes with 10-15 minutes for questions.

The committee will be looking at the proposals from these perspectives: organization and clarity, demonstrated knowledge of the subject, adaptability to other institutions, interest to the academic library staff, relevance to the conference theme, and collaboration among or within institutions. For more detailed criteria, see the ILA/ACRL conference website.


Submission Procedure

Please e-mail the following documents by Wednesday, December 5, 2007 to:

Katie Dunn

ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Planning Committee Member

[email protected]


a) one copy of the proposal form (see below)

b) one copy of your summary (200 – 350 word description of your presentation) with identifying information (names, affiliations, and presentation title) on a cover sheet.

The Selection Committee will review the submitted proposals without attached cover sheets. The Committee will communicate the results to applicants via e-mail by December 12, 2007.

Download proposal form (Doc)
Download proposal criteria (Doc)