Call for Annual Conference Proposals
The ILA 2022 Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking program proposals for this year’s conference. The deadline for submissions is April 4, 2022.
In 2022, we will convene in Rosemont, Illinois, for the first in-person ILA Annual Conference in over two years. This year’s theme -- At the Heart of It -- focuses on what brings us together and how we can remove barriers to collaboration. Therefore, we highly encourage you to widen the scope of your presentation by bringing libraries of different types or sizes together. We recognize the struggles and separation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic; and through this collective experience, we sought focus and clarity in our personal, professional, and organizational identities. How do we recognize value within ourselves and each other? How do we connect with our communities and make sense of the world around us? Our theme is a celebration of coming together and renewing connections to find purpose within ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.
We are asking presenters to take a different approach to developing program proposals and to go beyond reporting on initiatives in your library. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on the processes of developing programs, implementation, and measuring impact. The following list of questions are presented as encouragement and not a definitive list:
Why did you choose to implement the initiative?
How did you navigate the planning phase?
What were the intended outcomes and were you able to meet them?
What obstacles did you face and how did you manage to overcome them?
How can this be scaled for larger or smaller libraries?
How has the initiative impacted your patrons and/or staff?
Want to go beyond the conceptual overview of your initiative and share more of the skills you learned? Please consider submitting paired programming. These extended programs allow you to present the topic in the first session and then follow-up with a hands-on workshop where those interested in digging deeper into the topic can gain practice with the skills themselves. Each paired program should be submitted as an individual proposal; there will be a field to identify the paired program.
Ignite! Session Proposals
Inspire with quick takes on your latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies or services. Each five-minute Ignite! presentation will require you to create a maximum of 20 slides.
Please Note: 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.
Questions about submitting a proposal? Click here for full information on how to submit your program proposal.
COVID-19 Safety Measures
The well-being of our attendees and exhibitors is ILA's top priority and we will continue to monitor the situation. ILA will be working closely with the Stephens Convention Center to follow state and local safety measures and provide the safest environment. As of this moment (January 2022), all participants will be required to wear a mask and show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR or Rapid test result within 72 hours of the first day of the event. Participants will also be required to submit an acknowledgement of personal responsibility after registration.
Financial Assistance Available
Financial assistance is available to offset registration fees for a limited number of speakers who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference. Librarians and library staff who have faced structural barriers to participation, including small and rural libraries, are encouraged to apply. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- Financial need
- Geographic diversity
- Speakers from underrepresented groups in the library profession
- First-time speakers
- Topic adds diversity to conference programming
Before applying for the scholarship, you must submit your proposal via the proposal submission form. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2022. Questions about the conference scholarship can be directed to Cyndi Robinson at email@example.com.
Need Some Help?
Have an idea for a program that's not fully formed? Looking for a co-presenter to bring in additional perspectives? Are you a first-time presenter and need/want some assistance putting together your first session? You can submit a request for speaker support and the committee will help you develop your program.
Please Note: 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 to attend the conference. Speakers from outside the Illinois library community will receive a one-day waiver of their registration fee.