Call for Conference Program Proposals

Call for 
2019 Annual Conference Proposals

Have you flipped the library paradigm with a program or service? Have you changed focus? Are you shifting your service model? Where are you stepping out to make an impact? Tell us about it.

The Illinois Library Association Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals for the 2019 Annual Conference that embody the diverse and multi-type membership of ILA and highlight the innovative and creative work members do in their libraries. The goal of the conference is to help members engage with each other and grow in their knowledge.  

The theme is Shift: Where Will You Grow? and will explore how we as individuals and institutions can shift our thinking to

  • Look at new ways of providing service
  • Take a step back to reassess something we are doing
  • See where we can change commonly held beliefs
  • Explore similarities between different types of libraries
  • Engage with ideas outside of the library world

We are looking for programs that look at a topic through a multi-type lens. How does a public, academic, school, and special library use design thinking? Programs that have panels of multi-type representation will be given preference.  

The following list of topics and questions are presented as encouragement and not a definitive list:

  • Shifting landscape of education
  • Change management
  • Work/Life balance
  • Failure and lessons learned
  • What’s working well?
  • New program models
  • What lessons can we learn from other industries?
  • New staffing models
  • Transformation
  • Where will we be in 10 years?
  • Partnering with different types of libraries
  • Risk taking      

Share your ideas and shifts by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Committee is seeking programs which focus on pushing boundaries, thinking big, inspiring, imagining possibilities, and encouraging innovation. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019.

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.

Submit a Program Proposal       

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.

Submit a Speaker Support Request

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. Small and rural libraries staff members are encouraged to apply. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Financial need

  • Geographic Diversity

  • First-time speakers

  • Topic adds diversity to conference programming
Before applying for the scholarship, you must submit your proposal via the proposal submission form. Scholarship decisions will be made after programs are accepted.

Speaker Scholarship Form



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