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CLA 2019 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

CLA 2020 Annual Conference
Everyone Counts!
Call for Proposals

Due to disruptions from COVID-19 the deadline has been extended to April 3.
Please contribute your great idea, we want to hear from you!
Thank you,
Hillary Theyer, CLA President

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

Equity and Inclusion
• Building a Diverse Workforce
• Compassion Fatigue
• Intercultural Competence and Anti-bias Training
• Structural and Institutional Racism

Front-line Staff Development
• Customer Service Excellence
• Getting Your Great Idea to Management
• Promotional Testing for Clerical and Non-MLIS Staff

• Advocacy and Community Engagement
• Change Management and Communication
• Underrepresented Leadership (Women, POC)

• Data Analysis
• Facility and Spaces
• Safety, Security, and Privacy

Programming and Collection Development
• Adult, Children, and Teen Services
• Bookmobile and Mobile Services
• Literacy (Adult, Civic, Digital, Early, Health, Legal)
• Technical Services

• AI and Augmented Reality
• eContent Strategies
• Website Development
• Connected Learning

Timeline for Proposal Call
Open call for proposals: February 17, 2020
Close call for proposals: March 20, 2020
Review by CLA Programming Committee: March 23, 2020-April 3, 2020
Announce selected proposals: May 1, 2020 on

Program Types
Pre-Conference Sessions
These are offered before the conference begins and are usually a half or full day session. This is your chance to take a deep dive with colleagues and share your expert knowledge on a topic.

Regular Sessions
Shorter than a pre-conference, a regular session presentation allows you to share your knowledge of a specific topic with your colleagues in a panel, interactive, game show, or format of your choosing. You have the time and talent, now GET CREATIVE!

Ignite Talks
Enlighten us—quickly. Ignite Talks are fun, five-minute presentations of no more than 20 slides. Spark interest in a new topic!

Poster Sessions
Share an interest in an informal setting. A 50-minute, simultaneous sessions enables you to discuss a project or passion without the pressure of presenting a traditional session.

If your proposed program is selected, you will be encouraged to market it through social media and your network, as well as engage conference attendees.

Video Recording
CLA may record select programs to make conference content accessible to those who cannot attend. Will you allow us to film your session?

Funding and Scholarship Program
Each presenter will be responsible for their own conference registration, hotel accommodation, and travel. Sign up during early bird registration for a minimum one-day pass to present. A request for exception will only be considered for those not attending other conference programs. Send your request via email to CLA Conference Chair

CLA does offers financial support through a competitive scholarship program for those who do not receive funding from their employer. The scholarship focuses on clerical and library assistant staff, as well as the underemployed.

If you have a question about your proposal, please contact Program Chairs at

CLA Mission
CLA is the community for California libraries. The Association provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services, librarianship, and the library community. We help members excel in a fast-changing job market. We're a resource for learning about new ideas and technology, and we actively work to influence legislation affecting libraries and librarians.

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