Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Call for Workshop Proposals for Summer Library Management Conference

It is with great excitement that I announce that we are now accepting workshop proposals for the 2015 Summer Library Management Conference, formerly the Library Management Institute Summer Conference. I am honored to be the new executive director of the conference, succeeding Rayleen Rivera-Harbach, who guided LMI for over five years, and stepped down in December to focus on other projects. I know that you join me in thanking Rayleen for her amazing and skillful management of LMI, carrying on the legacy established by LMI founder Bob Kieserman.     

This year we will be returning to the beautiful campus of Arcadia University, near Philadelphia, and the conference is scheduled for Monday June 8th and Tuesday June 9th.

Now in its eighth year, The Summer Library Management Conference is a national conference focusing exclusively on current issues in library management and administration and is attended by library managers from across North America. There are two tracks each day; one in public library management and the other in academic and special library management. Year after year, library managers come together for two days of valuable networking and the sharing of new and innovative ideas in an intimate setting. The conference features over 20 excellent workshops on timely and relevant topics and three keynote speakers. Admission to all sessions and meal functions is included as part of the affordable registration fee. 

So, as of today, we are pleased to begin accepting workshop proposals.

How to Submit Your Workshop Proposal
We invite your proposals for 75 minute sessions on any topic related to library administration and management including the following areas:  
  • budget and financial management
  • employment law
  • employee recruitment and retention
  • management/staff relations
  • staff interpersonal relations
  • customer service
  • use of technology
  • customer service
  • organizational dynamics
  • library law (privacy, liability, and copyright)
  • strategic planning
  • marketing and promotion
  • use of social media
  • special event planning and programming
  • fundraising
  • renovations and new buildings
  • community outreach
  • motivation, leadership, and ethics
  • other management-related topics
The deadline to submit a proposal for consideration is Wednesday March 4th at 5:00 pm ET. The workshop proposal should include the name of the presenter(s), the title of the workshop, the track for which you feel your workshop is most appropriate, a brief description of the workshop, and a short bio of the presenter(s). All workshop presenters attend the entire conference at a special rate of only $75.00 which includes all meal functions.

Workshop presenters are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. However, LMI can provide courtesy roundtrip ground transportation from the airport and Amtrak station in Philadelphia.

A complete brochure on the entire conference with registration information will be forthcoming in early March.

All proposals and any questions should be directly to me, Karima Williams at

Thank you for your interest in this conference, and we look forward to your participation.