Call for Proposals: Academic Library Association of Ohio 2017 Conference (Deadlines April 10 and May 15)

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

April 2, 2017

(via the Academic Library Association of Ohio)

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 43rd Annual Conference. This year’s event, themed “Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment”, will take place on Friday, October 27,  at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. The deadline for presentation proposals is Monday, April 10, and the last day for submitting poster and roundtable proposals is Monday, May 15. More information, including guidelines for proposals, is below.

Think creatively about how your work connects to this year’s conference theme, “Libraries Act, Respond, Transform: The A.R.T. of Empowerment”. Explore how academic libraries and librarians provide resources and initiate programs, partnerships, and policies that empower patrons, staff, and stakeholders while advancing equity and social justice. Remember, small actions in any area of the library can lead to big transformations.

Ideas can include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • critical Librarianship
  • nontraditional resources and services
  • services for and inclusion of diverse populations
  • collection-development trends and models
  • open access and scholarly communication
  • programming, outreach, and marketing
  • accessibility
  • leadership and mentoring
  • discovery and metadata
  • information literacy
  • sustainability

More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website All presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs, although grants are available (see more below).

ALAO encourages library support staff and library student growth, career development, and participation in conference activities, and awards two presenter grants, one for support staff and the other for students. These grants (up to $150 each) are intended to assist with the costs incurred in preparing the presentation and modest travel costs associated with the presentation. Additional information will be sent to those who indicate eligibility on their submission forms.

If you have questions, please visit the website, or contact Cara Mia Calabrese or Eric Johnson, at

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