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Deadline Extended: MLA 2022 Conference (Currently May 2-7 in New Orleans) Abstracts for Contributed Papers and Immersion Sessions Now Due Wed., Oct. 27

(via the Medical Library Association)

Share your professional research and explorations with your colleagues and contribute to the knowledge of the profession. Paper abstracts and immersion sessions for the MLA ’22 annual conference (currently in-person May 2-7, Monday-Saturday, in New Orleans) are due Wednesday, October 27. Don’t miss this great opportunity to earn professional credibility, have your work appreciated, and have your voice heard.

Here’s a reminder of some basics about the papers and immersion sessions.

  • Contributed Papers are ten- to fifteen-minute presentations. Paper presenters have the chance to indicate their preference for in-person or virtual attendance. Papers fall into two broad categories:
    • Program description abstracts describe the creation, improvement, and assessment of products, programs, technologies, administrative practices, or services conducted by librarians and information professionals.
    • Research abstracts report on designing, conducting, and analyzing a research project.
  • Immersion sessions are up to 75-minute “deep dives” into a single topic. The format may include multiple people collaborating, including interactive panel presentations, role-playing, gamification, discussions, working groups, or other audience engagement activities. (Immersion sessions require in-person attendance.)

Check out the FAQs and see if your questions can be answered there. Interested in collaborating on your immersion session but haven’t identified colleagues to partner with yet? Start by reaching out to MLA’s caucuses. MLA members can join any caucus and immediately connect to other librarians with similar interests. You can post messages to any caucus to locate potential collaborators or obtain help in making your idea happen.

To submit an abstract, please go here. You will need to create an MLA account if you do not already have one.

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