Conference Call for Programs


Call for Programs

Libraries of all types foster diversity, engage community, and champion social justice. The 2017 ILA Conference, Rise Up, is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas to better our communities, our institutions, and ourselves. How are you making a difference? What are you doing to improve your library and uplift your patrons? Tell us about it. Illinois libraries of all sizes and types make big impacts on their unique communities. Our conference should represent diversity throughout our state and we especially encourage submissions from typically underrepresented perspectives.

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs addressing anything that makes you want to Rise Up, especially the following topics:

  • Community and campus engagement and wellness
  • Compassionate service

  • Internal and external leadership at all levels

  • Activism and social justice initiatives

  • Student success and achievement

  • Behind the scenes work that supports access and the patron experience

  • Assessment and data driven decision making

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 24.

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 the State of 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. 

Submit a Program Proposal

Need Some Help?

Have an idea that's not fully formed? Looking for a co-presenter to bring in additional perspectives? Are you a first time presenter and would like some assistance putting together your first session? We can help you connect with others that have ideas for presentations.

Submit a Potential Program Idea

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. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Financial need

  • Topic adds diversity to conference program

  • First-time speakers

Before applying for the scholarship, you must submit your proposal via the proposal submission form. Questions about the conference scholarship can be directed to Illinois Library Association President-Elect Melissa Gardner at Scholarship decisions will be made after programs are accepted.

Speaker Scholarship Form



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