Proposal Submission Information


Illinois Youth Services Institute 
March 16-17, 2023
Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel & Conference Center


Thank you for your interest in submitting a program proposal for the 2023 Illinois Youth Services Institute. 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. 

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. 


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.


Page 1: Primary Speaker Information

Submit your name, email, organization, and title. Additional speakers can be added on the second page. 


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. If accepted, this copy will appear in the final program listing on the IYSI website and in the conference program book. Direct this description to conference attendees, not to the review committee. Additional information about your proposal or presenters 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.


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…”


Select relevant tracks

Please select a primary track for your proposal. The Institute Planning Committee reserves the right to change primary program tracks or list programs in additional tracks.

  • Advocacy, Outreach, Marketing
  • Authors, Books, Resources
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
  • Hot Topics and New Trends
  • Learning, Making, Doing
  • Leadership, Training, Career Development
  • Wellness and Self-care


What is the format of this session? 

  • Discussion (among attendees)
  • Ignite Session (10-minute presentation)
  • Lecture (one speaker)
  • Panel (traditional panel led by a moderator)
  • Workshop (hands on learning)


Will your session have any co-presenters?

  • Yes → If yes is selected, additional fields will open to list the name, organization, and email of all known presenters.
  • No


Page 3: Additional Information 


How are the proposed speakers qualified to speak on this topic? Have they presented on this topic before?

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 day 

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

  • Thursday, March 16
  • Friday, March 17 
  • No preference


Preferred time of day 

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

  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • No preference


Presenter/session speciality area

  • Infants 
  • Preschool
  • Elementary
  • Middle school
  • High school 
  • Staff
  • Other


Level of program content

  • Beginner (unfamiliar topic to attendees)
  • Intermediate (some experience or knowledge of the the topic)
  • Advanced (attendees are well versed and experts in this topic)


Are you a first time speaker?

The IYSI planning committee wants to make sure that first time speakers have the support and encouragement they need to make this a positive experience.

  • Yes 
  • No


Preferred room setup 

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


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

Enter any additional comments here. 


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This Institute has been developed by LACONI Youth Services and the Illinois Library Association, in collaboration with Reaching Across Illinois Library System and Illinois Heartland Library System.

IYSI Planning Committee

Susan Farnum, Forest Park Public Library 
Alice Kuhn, Hinsdale Public Library 

Jen Abler, Oak Lawn Public Library
Jess Alexander, Morton Grove Public Library
Lisa Barefield, Wheaton Public Library
Sara Bell, Dunlap School District
Lyndsey Carney, Normal Public Library
Kathy Dejnowski, Thornton Public Library
Stuart Griner, Chicago Public Library 
Lindsey Herron, Wood River Public Library
Tiffany Lewis, Eisenhower Public Library
Ellen Popit, Illinois Heartland Library System 
Margae Schmidt, Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System

Staff Liaison
Kristin Pekoll, ILA Conference and Continuing Education Manager

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