Conference Proposal Submission Information

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Thank you for your interest in submitting a program proposal for the 2023 ILA Annual Conference. This document will provide the information you need to submit your proposal. All conference programs are 60-minute sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristin Pekoll at

Speaker Expectations

  • Read and respond to requests for information in a timely manner.
  • Submit session handouts electronically prior to conference.
  • Present the program that is described in your program proposal.
  • Begin and end your program on time.
  • Register for the conference at the appropriate level.
  • Follow all conference policies. 

Submit a Program Proposal 

Return to the Call for Annual Conference Program Proposals


Page 1: Primary Speaker Information

Submit your name, email, organization, and title. Additional speakers will be added later in the process. 

Page 2: Session Information

Please note that the questions on this page cannot be edited by ILA. Pheedloop is located in Toronto, which is why program is spelled "programme." It's not a typo.

Session Title
While creative and interesting session titles help capture the attention of both the proposal review committee and prospective conference attendees, be sure that your title clearly communicates your topic.

Session Description
In 200 words or less, describe your session using the guidelines below. Try to get to the core of what your session is about, while making it sound informative and interesting. Refer to the call for proposals for guidance in crafting your abstract. If accepted, this copy will appear in the final program listing on the conference website, in the conference app, and in the conference program book. Direct this description to conference attendees, not to the review committee. Additional background information about your proposal can be entered later in the submission process. 

  • Do not include presenter's names or biographical information in the description; speakers' information will be submitted elsewhere.
  • Do not use abbreviations or acronyms without clarification.

  • Sessions cannot be an advertisement for a vendor or demonstration of a vendor-provided product or service. Specific products or services may be described if essential for understanding a session's topic. Library staff who use the product or service must participate in the presentation.

Program Tracks
Please select a primary track for your abstract. The Conference Program Committee reserves the right to change primary program tracks or list programs in additional tracks.

Collections and Technology

  • Collection Development

  • Technical Services

  • Technology

  • Scholarly Communication

Outreach Services

  • Collaboration and Community Engagement

  • Marketing and Outreach

  • Programming

Core Values

  • Advocacy 

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion 

  • Intellectual Freedom

  • Social Justice

User Services 
  • Adult Services

  • Customer Service

  • Readers’ Advisory

  • Reference Service

  • Youth and Young Adult Services

Leadership, Management, and Staff Development

  • Buildings and Facilities

  • Funding and Finance

  • Human Resources, Recruitment, and Retention

  • Personal Enrichment and Growth

  • Safety and Security

  • Strategic Planning, Data Driven Decisions, and Change Management

  • Trustees

Teaching and Lifelong Learning
  • Assessment and Evaluation

  • Instruction

  • Maker Movement

  • Student Success

Select Format

  • Ignite
  • Discussion Groups
  • Hands-on or Workshop
  • Lecture (one primary speaker)
  • Panel or Interview

Select Audience(s)

  • Academic
  • Public
  • School
  • Special

Will your session have any co-presenters?
If you select yes, a co-presenter portal will open. Submit the co-presenter(s) name, email, organization, title, state, and city.

Page 3: Additional Information 

If this is a paired program, please indicate the name of the other program.

Session Tags
Select up to three (3) tags that describe the content of the proposed session. The tags will help conference attendees identify additional sessions that may be of interest to them.

Access Services Accessibility and ADA-Compliance Administration
Adult Services Advocacy Assessment and Evaluation
Best Practices and Standards Budget Conscious Programming/Services Budget Planning and Finance
Buildings and Facilities Campus-wide Initiatives Career Advice
Cataloging Change Management Circulation
Civic/Community/Campus Engagement Collaboration Collection Development
Continuing Education and Professional Development Customer Service Data-Driven Decisions
Design Thinking Digital Literacy  Digital Resources
Digitization Disaster Planning Distance/Online Learning
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Early Literacy  eBooks
Facilitation Failure Friends Groups and Foundations
Fundraising and Development Future Forecasting Games and Gaming
Genealogy Government Documents and Services Guidelines and Standards
Human Resources IACRL @ ILA (academic-focused) Information Literacy
Innovation Instructional Design Intellectual Freedom and Ethics
Intellectual Property Leadership Library School Education

Local History

Makerspace Management


Mentoring Metadata
Mindfulness Mobile Technology Multi-Generational Engagement
Multi-Type Networking Open Access
Open Education Resources Organizational Change Outreach Services
Partnerships and Collaboration Personal Growth Personnel, Staffing, Remote Working
Popular Culture and Fandom Preservation Privacy
Programming Project Management Public Policy/Government Relations
Public Services RDA Readers’ Advisory
Recruitment and Retention Reference Services Research
Resource Sharing Rural and Small Libraries Self Care
Serials Scalable Programming/Services Scholarly Communication
Special Collections/Archives Special Needs Populations Strategic Planning
Sunsetting Teaching and Learning Technical Services
Technology Training Trends and Forecasting
Trustees Urban Libraries User Experience
Work/Life Balance Young Adult Services Youth Services

Learning Outcomes
Please identify three (3) learning outcomes for your session. Learning outcomes should use active verbs, be measurable, and state what the participants should know or be able to do after attending your session. Learning outcomes should not simply repeat topics that will be addressed or activities that will take place during the session. Phrase each learning outcome as a completion of this sentence: “At the end of this session, participants will…”

How are the proposed speakers qualified to speak on this topic? Have they presented on this topic before?
Please Note: Briefly explain how the speakers are qualified to present on this topic. What is their experience with this topic? Please limit the description for each speaker to a sentence or two. 

Preferred Program Day
We will attempt to honor requests, but there is no guarantee you will receive your requested time or date.

  • No Preference
  • Tuesday 10/24
  • Wednesday 10/25
  • Thursday 10/26 (Trustee Day)

Preferred Program Time of Day
We will attempt to honor requests, but there is no guarantee you will receive your requested time or date.

  • No Preference
  • Morning
  • Afternoon

Program Level

  • Beginner (little to no experience with the topic)
  • Intermediate (some experience with the topic)
  • Advanced (expertise in the topic)

Please indicate your preferred room setup

  • No preference
  • Theater (rows of chairs)
  • Rounds (round tables with chairs)

Is there any additional information you'd like the committee to have about this program? 
Enter any additional comments here. 

Please indicate if this program is being submitted on behalf of an ILA Forum or Committee
Check the appropriate Forum(s) and/or Committee(s).

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum
Library Trustee Forum
Marketing Forum
Reaching Forward Forum
Resources & Technical Services Forum
Small and Rural Libraries Forum
Students and New Professionals Forum
Young Adult Services Forum
Youth Services Forum
Advocacy Committee
Best Practices Committee
Diversity Committee
Fundraising Committee
Intellectual Freedom Committee
iREAD Committee
Public Policy Committee

Are you employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in Illinois?
Conference speakers who are employed by or a trustee of a library (academic, public, school, special), a library agency, or library school located in Illinois are required to register and pay the appropriate registration fee for the conference. Speakers from outside the Illinois library community will receive a one-day waiver of their registration fee. 

Are you or another speaker on your program requesting an honorarium and/or travel expenses? If so, please enter their name and amount below.
Honoraria or travel expenses will not be paid to staff or trustees of Illinois libraries (academic, public, school, special), library agencies, or library schools. 

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