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2022 CONFERENCE Proposals


Tipping Point: Initiating Change in Academic Libraries. Nov. 3-4, 2022 #2022alao

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) conference planning committee invites you to submit proposals for the 48th Annual Conference, The Tipping Point: Initiating Change in Academic Libraries. As libraries challenge long-standing traditions and question our neutral stance, small changes or incidents often result in greater consequences. Share with your colleagues your programs, stories, and examples of defining, transformational moments in your libraries.

  • Conference Date: November 3-4, 2022
  • Conference Location: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, Lewis Center, Ohio
  • Submission Deadline: April 15, 2022
  • Submission Form: https://tinyurl.com/alao2022submissions


We encourage thoughtful, timely proposals from all areas of library work. Adherence to the conference theme is encouraged but not required. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Barriers to accessing information
  • Censorship
  • Crisis management
  • DEI in Information Literacy Instruction
  • Emerging technology solutions
  • Inclusive cataloging and collections
  • Libraries as space/third space
  • Misinformation
  • Service changes/transitions

Guidelines for Submissions of Presentations and Poster Sessions

  • Proposals should appeal and be relevant to conference themes or academic librarianship generally
  • Proposals should provide clear indication of actionable takeaways or practical applications
  • Proposals should be concise, descriptive, and clearly written
  • Proposals are blind, peer-reviewed
  • Multiple submissions of presentation, poster, and lightning talk proposals are allowed
    • No more than two (e.g. two presentations, two posters, one presentation and one poster, or one presentation/poster and lightning talk) will be included in the final program

Proposal Elements

One proposal form will be used for all presentation types:

  • Presentation (or other 50-minute session)
  • Poster Session
  • Lightning talk (brief live session)

If you have a unique format idea, not listed above, please submit it under the presentation option (Panel discussions, etc... )

For Presentations, Posters, and Lightning Talks

  • Title: 50 word limit
  • Abstract: 200 word limit
    • Exclude the name of your institution, department and any personal names. If you include this identifying information, your proposal may not receive further consideration.
  • How the presentation/poster will engage with audience
  • Keywords that describe the content
  • Presenter bio(s)
  • For Presentations, Posters, Panel Sessions & Breakout Sessions
    • For Presentations, Posters, Panel Sessions & Breakout Sessions
      • A well-written learning outcome will identify what participants will be able to do as a result of attending your program. How will your target audience’s skills, attitudes, knowledge, behavior, status, or life condition change or improve by participating in your program? Think about the intended impact of the program and how it fills a need or solves a problem. Tip: Consider using a verb or action phrase + “in order to” + an impact statement to design your outcomes. The first phrase describes the skill or task you want the learner to perform, and the second phrase describes its impact and why it is important. (Guidelines adopted from https://conference.acrl.org/conference-content/proposal-elements/)
      • At least one outcome is required; no more than three can be submitted

All presenters are responsible for their own registration.

Community Agreements

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.


Submit your proposal here

If you have questions, please contact Cara Calabrese, Mark Eddy, and Ken Irwin at program@alaoweb.org

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