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Call for Proposals: ILA Reaching Forward Conference

(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, on behalf of Patrice Johnson)

On behalf of the ILA Reaching Forward Forum, I personally invite the members of the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum to submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Reaching Forward Conference.

The Reaching Forward Conference is the nation’s largest single-day conference for library staff of all areas of service and levels of expertise from public, school and special libraries. We offer over 40 conference sessions covering a wide array of topics, from advocacy and management, to programming (adults, teens and youth), collection development, reference, technical services, serving special populations and so much more.

The planning committee would love to have your forum represented with a speaker panel or program.  Our 29th Annual Conference will be held Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Proposals can be submitted via the online form.  Proposals can be saved and revised at any time prior to the submission deadline of Friday, September 8 at 11:59 PM CST.

If you have any questions, please contact me (Patrice Johnson), at

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(via Kim Copenhaver, President, Florida Chapter of ACRL)

The Florida Chapter of ACRL (FACRL) is seeking proposals for presentations and poster sessions for the 2017 FACRL Annual Conference to explore digital literacy in higher education and the library’s responsibility to lead the charge toward the creation of learners with the requisite skills to engage critically and ethically with information in an open knowledge society. As proven authorities on information literacy, librarians are well positioned to lead learners through a politically and digitally polarized environment and advocate for the development of digital citizenship. The annual conference will be held on Friday, October 20, at the Tampa Bay History Museum, Tampa, FL.

Proposals are due by Monday, August 14, and should be submitted here. Presentations should be 45 minutes in length with additional time provided for questions. Acceptance e-mails will be sent on or before August 25, 2017. Presentations and posters of superior quality may be considered for future publication in a special issue of The Reference Librariana major refereed journal published by Taylor and Francis.

Presentations and posters may address the following, but all proposals relevant to academic librarianship and digital literacy will be considered.

  • institutional initiatives showcasing librarians as leaders, teachers, and supporters of digital citizenship at their respective institutions
  • innovative applications of the ACRL Framework and corresponding instructional strategies that help students explore and understand the concepts of digital literacy
  • case studies highlighting libraries capitalizing on the sensationalism of fake news to convene and lead, insightful community conversations on the moral and ethical implications of digital literacy
  • digital collection development and how using electronic library resources can promote critical thinking, improve reading skills, and help learners better understand the research process
  • legislative advocacy initiatives involving broader campus communities to inform and inspire action supporting the principles of digital literacy, freedom of information and efforts to ensure equal access to information
  • other topics relevant to academic libraries and digital literacy

Need additional information to supplement your proposal? Check out the resources provided by the Digital Citizens Alliance and the Digital Citizenship Institute.

Inquiries may be sent to the FACRL Program Selection Committee Chair, Michelle Demeter at or 850-645-2707.

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(via Alicia Navarro, American Library Association)

The program proposal submission deadline for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018, has been extended to 12:00 AM CST (midnight) on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic relevant to the library profession, and submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. For the first time, proposals will be accepted through one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. 

Your ALA account information will be required to access the submssion site. Final decisions will be made on Wednesday, October 11, and the schedule of sessions will be announced on Wednesday, November 8. Inquiries and additional details regarding the submission form, subjects and content types can be found by visiting the submission site. Take a look back at the 2017 Annual Conference here.

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(via Elizabeth Davidson, McDaniel College)

The deadline for this study has been extended to Friday, August 11. Please note that this survey is open to all librarian employees, including paraprofessionals, as we are extremely interested the opinions of all members of our community.

We invite you to participate in the following survey about the ways in which academic libraries have responded to the increased need for information literacy skills instruction during an era of great change in how information is accessed and used. Results from the survey will identify patterns of library practice related to increasing instructional duties and expanded librarian roles to encompass instruction. We are interested in perspectives from librarians at all stages of their careers and in all positions, so your participation is greatly appreciated. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. Please feel free to forward this survey, as we are interested in hearing from a broad span of librarians.

To access the survey, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Davidson, Head of Public Services at Hoover Library, McDaniel College (, or David Brennan, Head of Technical Services and E-Resources Librarian at Hoover Library, McDaniel College (

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(via the Online Learning Consortium)

The Online Learning Consortium (OCLC) is seeking nominations for its 2017 Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning. OCLC has recognized outstanding work in the field of online education through an annual awards process since 2001. The OLC Nominations, Awards, and Recognition Committee has overall responsibility for overseeing and monitoring all OLC awards, including:

  • existing awards
  • proposing new awards
  • establishing criteria for all awards
  • creating and maintaining all procedures for nominations and selection
  • proposing to the board financial or other considerations for all awards
  • establishing/empaneling review committees as necessary

The OCLC Awards for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning include the following. (Click on the title of each award to learn more about the criteria.)

The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, September 12. For more information about the awards, including past winners, go here.

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Reminder: HSLI 2017 Conference Poster Proposals Due August 25

(via Emily Johnson, UIC Library of the Health Sciences – Peoria)

The Program Committee of HSLI invites proposals for posters for the HSLI Conference to be held October 26-27 in Bloomington, Illinois. The conference theme is “The Times are Changing.” We encourage you to take a literal or figurative approach to our theme (use your productive imagination).

Ideas can include, but are not limited to the following areas of librarianship:

  • Instruction or curricular activities
  • Leadership and management
  • Program or service implementation
  • Scholarly communications
  • Collection development
  • Outreach activities
  • Evaluation processes (surveys, statistical analysis, validation studies)

If you have presented a poster at another meeting this year (that hasn’t been shown at HSLI previously), please consider also submitting it here. Let our members who can’t travel have the opportunity to see the work you’ve been doing!

Please submit your proposal to Linda Feinberg (, including:

  • Title of poster
  • A 300-words-or-less abstract describing your poster
  • Author information of name, position title, address, phone number and email address of all authors on poster.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday August 25th. Notification of poster acceptance will be made by mid September after review by the poster committee. Each poster presenter must register for the HSLI conference, which includes each author attending.

The posters will be presented during Nancy’s Reception on Thursday evening, October 26 starting at 6pm. Setup will be available at 5pm. Posters will remain up until the break after breakfast on Friday morning. The actual poster session will be from 6pm-7pm on Thursday evening where the poster presenters need to be present to discuss their posters with conference attendees.

Appropriate poster sizes for display at the conference:

  • poster board 24″ x 36″
  • tri-fold poster 36″ x 48″ (for setup on a table)
  • wall posters – various sizes allowed (including 45″ x 45″)

For more information on the HSLI meeting, see the conference website.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions at the 2017 ILA Annual Conference at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 11, and Thursday, October 12. Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards (4 x 8 feet) with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text and more and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during an assigned 90-minute time period.

The Poster Session Committee will consider the quality of the research, program or project as presented in the abstract in making its decisions. Applications are due by Monday, July 31. To submit a poster application, click here. Advice for putting together an effective poster session is available here.

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(via the American Library Association)

Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognizes outstanding libraries and museums that have made significant contributions to improve the wellbeing of their communities. The winning museums and libraries are presented with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor for community service. IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2018 awards.  Anyone–an employee, a board member, a member of the public, or an elected official–can nominate an institution. To be considered, the institution must complete and return a nomination form by Monday, October 2.

This year, IMLS is particularly interested in museums and libraries with programs that build community cohesion and serve as catalysts for positive community change, including programs that provide services for veterans and military families, at-risk children and families, the un- and under-employed, and youth confronting barriers to STEM-related employment. All types of nonprofit libraries and library organizations, associations and consortia are eligible, including academic, school, digital, tribal, and special libraries or archives. Public or private nonprofit museums of any discipline are eligible, including general, art, history, science and technology, children’s, and natural history and anthropology, historic houses and sites, arboretums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and planetariums.

The ten winning institutions are honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., are spotlighted in the news media and on social media, and are invited to host a two-day visit from StoryCorps to record community member stories. As part of the selection process, approximately thirty finalists are chosen and are featured by IMLS during a six-week social media and press campaign. Winning the medal elevates an institution’s profile and can positively impact fundraising, programming, and partnership and outreach activities.

Institutions interested in being considered should read the nomination form carefully and contact the designated program contacts with questions. Program contacts for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are, for museums, Mark Feitl, Program Specialist, who can be reached at (202) 653-4635; and, for libraries, Laura McKenzie, Administrative Specialist, who can be reached at (202) 653-4644. You may also submit your question by e-mail, to

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RAILS Board Seat Available (Aug. 18 Nomination Deadline)

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System is looking for an employee or board member from a RAILS academic, public, school, or special library to fill a vacancy on the RAILS Board beginning in October 2017 and ending on June 30, 2019. Interested candidates should fill out the nomination form on the RAILS website by Friday, August 18. The RAILS Board Executive Committee will meet to review all nominations and will recommend a candidate to the full board for approval.

This is your opportunity to play an active role in shaping the future of RAILS! The RAILS Board typically meets 11 times per year. Board members can attend meetings at one of several videoconference locations located throughout the RAILS area and travel costs are reimbursed. See more information about board member roles and responsibilities. Questions? Contact Mary Witt, RAILS Communications Director.

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(via Mark Aaron Polger, College of Staten Island)

The Library Marketing and Communications Conference can finally announce some big things! The schedule of sessions is ready, our newly redesigned web site is ready (and working again!), and early-bird pricing is ending soon. As our Conference grows and we continue working to become an organization that will bring you the best education and training on marketing and communications specifically for libraries, we’ve taken a few steps to improve our own marketing. We have a whole new look, including the logo, colors, and website.

And, we’ve been working to review all the proposals we received. We now have a schedule with seven curated tracks and 36 sessions for this November’s conference. We have two excellent keynotes, which we hope to confirm and announce soon. You can see the conference schedule, plus details on each session and presenter, at our newly-redesigned website. Also, make sure to book your rooms at the InterContinental Dallas in the suburb of Addison quickly, since rooms are going fast.  Get your flights booked to either DFW or DAL. Most importantly, be e sure to register now to get the best price before early-bird registration ends. We have extended the deadline through Monday, August 7.

For those who have waited to register until sessions were announced, thanks for being patient with us as our small volunteer team has been scurrying in the summer heat. We’ve been working to get all the details of another info-packed Library Marketing and Communications Conference set up to share with you.

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