Sunday, February 24, 2013

Call for MLA Annual Conference Program Proposals (Michigan Library Association)

Call for MLA Annual Conference Program Proposals (Michigan Library Association)

October 16-18, 2013

Lansing Center and Radisson Hotel, Lansing
The MLA Annual Conference is the primary programming and networking event of the Michigan Library Association.  Please consider becoming part of the conversation and helping library professionals to engage their community and advocate their value to decision makers.
Program Submission General Guidelines
  • Program submitter may or may not also be the presenter.  Either is acceptable.
  • Communications by MLA’s Program Subcommittee will be with the submitter only.  It is expected that pertinent information is then conveyed by the submitter, serving as the liaison, to all presenters. Contact information is required for each presenter as well.
  • Program sessions are sixty minutes of content.
  • MLA members are not reimbursed or compensated for session time, mileage, or any other such item.
  • Presenters must register for the day(s) they attend Annual Conference if they intend to stay beyond their allotted presentation time.
Agreements and Selection Notification
  • The MLA Program Subcommittee will contact each program’s submitter in writing with regards to final decisions of the juried acceptance process by May 3, 2013.
  • MLA will send all individual presenters a Presenter Agreement indicating date, time, and details of their presentation. This will be confirmed by the presenter and returned to MLA.
Program AV & Room Setup
  • All presentation rooms will be supplied with a projector and screen; a microphone will be available as applicable.
  • Internet access may be available but is not guaranteed. Be sure to indicate if Internet access is required on the application form.
  • Presenters must provide their own laptops and have presentations on laptops, flash drives, cloud, etc. Remote mouse devices/pointers are the responsibility of the presenter. Apple users will be responsible for also providing their own cable for connection to the projector.
  • Rooms will be set up according to needs of presentation (ex: for a panel discussion if applicable).
Program Handouts
  • Printed handouts are not distributed on site by MLA during the conference. Presenters may provide handouts if desired.
  • Handouts will be due to MLA by September 16, 2013 and may be posted to MLA’s website before the conference.
Recording of Programs
  • Permission to record a single program must be granted by all presenters of that program.
  • Permission must also be granted by the MLA Program Subcommittee to record any program.
Program Tracks

The following education tracks are available. Your proposal may fit into more than one track. If so, list up to three (3) tracks on your application.
  • Academic Interests
  • Innovation/Leadership
  • Advocacy and Marketing
  • Patron Services/Programming
  • Ask the Expert
  • Technology
  • Collections/Readers Advisory
  • Youth Services
Selection Criteria

The MLA Annual Conference Program Committee and a jury of library professional representatives of all types of libraries (academic, public, school, information technology, etc) will use the following criteria in assessing the viability of including a program on the schedule. The Program Subcommittee retains the right to reject, modify, or combine proposals.
Purpose:    Does the proposal clearly identify a goal and several outcomes?

Audience:    Is the target audience clearly identified?

Clarity:    Is the proposal easy to understand with technological or industry jargon explained, if necessary, correct grammar and professionalism?

Practicality:    Is the topic appropriate for a conference breakout session in content, time, audience?

Timeliness/ Relevance:    Is the topic of current interest, bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective to its intended audience and conference theme?

Qualifications:    Does the speaker(s) have sufficient background experience to present on said topic?

March 22, 2013—Final day to submit program proposals

May 3, 2013—Selection notifications distributed via email from Program Subcommittee to program submitter

June 7, 2013—Presenter agreements sent from MLA office to program presenters

September 16, 2013—Handouts received for posting on MLA website

October 16-18, 2013—Annual Conference, Lansing Center and Radisson Hotel, Lansing, MI

Please feel free to contact the Program Committee Chairs with any questions you may have prior to your submission. Contact info: Emily Frigo ( or Sara Wedell (