Annual Conference Update

Annual Conference Call for Proposals

It’s time to submit proposals for presentations, posters and/or roundtable sessions for ALAO’s annual conference on October 27, 2017 at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.katy-kelly-vice-president

Presentation proposals will be accepted until April 10, 2017. You have a bit more time to submit posters and roundtables: Those are due May 15, 2017. More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website. Please note that all presenters are responsible for their own registration and travel costs, see the information below regarding the availability of presenter grants.

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:

  • Critical Librarianship
  • Nontraditional resources and services
  • Services for and inclusion of diverse populations
  • Collection development trends and models
  • Open Access/Scholarly Communication
  • Programming/Outreach/Marketing
  • Accessibility
  • Leadership, and Mentoring
  • Discovery and Metadata
  • Information Literacy
  • Sustainability

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

Remember to save the dates:

October 26, afternoon: Preconference workshop, details forthcoming.

October 26, evening: OhioLINK’s 25th anniversary social.

October 27: Annual conference.

-Katy Kelly, Vice President/President Elect, University of Dayton

This entry was posted in Vol. 35 no. 1 (March 2017) and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s