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CLA 2019 Annual Conference Call for Proposals
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CLA 2021 Annual Conference
Renaissance: The Library Renewal
Call for Proposals



A Note on Conference and the Pandemic
The CLA Conference Committee is currently planning for an in-person conference May 6-8, 2021. We are also engaging in contingency planning in case large gatherings are still prohibited by public health officials at that time. If we cannot hold an in-person conference, we will move to a fully online conference so that our members can safely learn and connect, and we will still need your amazing program ideas! We will be communicating with presenters and attendees about how our plans for conference develop throughout the coming months.

Even if we are able to come together in person in May, we realize that there are multiple factors that may limit some attendees’ (and presenters’) ability to participate in Conference in-person - health concerns, library budgets, employment status, etc. That’s why this year we will be offering a bundle of online-only programs that will be pre-recorded via Zoom and available at low cost. Program proposers can opt to only be considered for online-only, live or both.

Who Should Propose a Program
Anyone and everyone!

We encourage new and seasoned professionals, students, paraprofessionals, librarians, administrators, library supporters, and library critics to apply. Invite your friends and colleagues! If you know non-library folks who can share something CLA needs to hear, encourage them to apply.

We particularly encourage submissions that prioritize the voices of people who belong to groups that have traditionally been marginalized, such as people who identify as: BIPOC, immigrant, LGBTQ, differently abled/disabled.

This year our theme is “Renaissance: The Library Renewal”.

Oh, there is one exception: program proposals promoting or selling products/services during sessions will not be accepted.

Funding
● CLA does not provide financial support for concurrent (regular), Ignite, Poster or Pre-Conference programming.
● Presenters are required to obtain a conference registration by the close of the Early Bird registration period in order to present at conference. A full one-day registration for the day you are presenting is acceptable, but full conference registration is recommended. Requests for an exception must be submitted in writing and will only be granted for those who will not be attending any conference programming or events other than their own program. Send requests via email to execdir@cla-net.org to the attention of the CLA Conference Co-Chairs Dolly Goyal and Nicole Pasini.
● Please do not let lack of funding keep you from proposing a program. CLA has a conference scholarship fund and application information will be released when registration opens. Additionally, we will be offering online programs.

A/V
The AV package that CLA provides for pre-conference and concurrent programs is as follows. 1 podium mic, 2 tabletop microphones, LCD projector with screen and a laptop audio connection. CLA does not provide laptops. You will need to bring your presentation loaded on your own laptop.

Program Types
Pre-Conference
Pre-conference programs are half-day to full-day workshops that provide a more in-depth look at a particular topic. These programs must provide more training and interaction than a concurrent program would. We are particularly looking for programs that fulfill one or more of the following:
○ Prioritize the voices of people who belong to groups that have been traditionally marginalized, such as people who identify as: BIPOC, immigrant, LGBTQ, differently abled/disabled. Authors who identify with these groups are especially encouraged to apply.
○ Are useful for staff at all levels and from a variety of library types
○ Focus on things you didn’t learn in library school, but instead learn on the job

Concurrent Programming
Concurrent programs provide 20-100+ participants with an in-depth look at a topic and allow for some interaction (Q & A or something more hands-on). More granularly, program types may include but are not limited to: Panel Presentation (more than 1 person, no more than 4), Roundtable discussion, Workshop, Film with discussion, etc. You may request 45, 60, or 90 minutes in length, although scheduling needs mean that we may not be able to accommodate your request. We are particularly looking for programs that fulfill one or more of the following:
○ Prioritize the voices of people who belong to groups that have been traditionally marginalized, such as people who identify as: BIPOC, immigrant, LGBTQ, differently abled/disabled. Authors who identify with these groups are especially encouraged to apply.
○ Appeal to/are presented by a broad range of participants - library workers, students, Friends and stakeholders, at multiple library types, and at various professional stages.
○ Are kid-friendly

Poster Sessions
Poster sessions are an opportunity to speak casually, one-on-one with colleagues about a project, research interest, or passion. Despite the title, you are not required to make a poster. Presenters will be given a bulletin board (4’x8’) on which to affix visual materials (including but not limited to a poster). Presenters will be asked to host their materials for a 45 minute session. This is a great space to share an idea and network with peers without the pressure of presenting “on stage.”

Ignite Sessions
Ignite presentations are 5 minutes long, timed, and use no more than 20 slides (auto-advance is optional at CLA conference). These micro-presentations are a great way to perfect your elevator pitch for a topic or program for which you hope to win followers. They are very friendly for new presenters who want to gain experience but are also a wonderful opportunity for seasoned speakers to practice persuasion (and timing). Ignite presentations will be grouped together to fill a longer program slot. We are requesting proposals for Ignite sessions and more information about the Ignite format is available here: http://www.ignitetalks.io/.

Children at Conference
We know that childcare can be a significant barrier to professional development, particularly for women. With that in mind, we want to say explicitly that attendees are welcome to bring their children to the Conference. Please keep in mind that while children are welcome in the exhibit hall during show hours, they cannot be in the hall during move-in or move-out hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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