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Applicants are encouraged to think creatively about how their 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


  • A title
  • A description
    • Presentations: 200 words maximum
    • Posters: 150 words maximum
    • Roundtables: 50 words maximum
  • 3-5 keywords to describe your content
  • Presentations only: A description of how you will actively engage attendees and what they will take away
  • Roundtables only: 3 questions that you will ask to keep the discussion moving and on track


  • Content, relevance to conference theme, & overall appeal are key.
  • Proposal descriptions should be concise, descriptive, and clearly written.
  • DO NOT include identifying information in your proposal submission.
  • Submissions containing identifying information may be disqualified.
  • Proposals are blind-reviewed.


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.

The conference planners seek to create a space for respectful dialogue and debate about critical issues. Upon registration, attendees will be asked to review and accept a list of community agreements. Conference planners will actively strive to create spaces in which multiple perspectives can be heard and no one voice dominates. We welcome any and all suggestions that will make this a safe and productive space for all. Please contact Katy Kelly, the program chair, at

Call for Sessions has Closed

Deadline: May 15, 2017

Please print a copy of the completed form for your records before submitting. You will receive an email confirmation upon submission. If you do not receive confirmation, or have questions about your submission, please contact Cara Calabrese or Eric Johnson by email at

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