Monday, October 30, 2017

CFP: ALADN 2018 (Fort Worth, Texas - May 2018 - Academic Library Advancement and Development Network)

ALADN 2018 Call for Proposals

The ALADN 2018 Program Committee invites submissions for presentations at the 23rd Annual ALADN Conference in Ft. Worth, TX on May 19-22, 2018.  We are looking for dynamic, original presentations that demonstrate best practices applied to library fundraising, development, and communications and marketing. We are interested in highlighting the application of the latest trends, statistics, best practices, and research in the field while providing practical tips that can be immediately applied to a library development program. Proposals may include presentations, panels, and workshops. Speakers are responsible for their travel expenses.

About the conference.   Formed in 1995, the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) explores issues of interest, offers networking, and assists in mutual problem-solving for professionals involved in advancement and development for academic and research libraries through an annual conference, an electronic listserv (LIBDEV), and personal contacts.

·         Submission deadline: January 12, 2018
·         Notification: Monday, February 2, 2018

Proposal Submission Requirements.  Please submit your proposal at

Topics of Potential Interest but other ideas are encouraged:
·         Corporate sponsorships: how to attract, cultivate, and grow support from international, national, and smaller, local businesses; strategies and programs to implement to connect with corporate businesses.
·         Advisory and Advocacy Boardshow to develop and lead a board; strategies for engaging board members in fundraising.
·         Special event fundraising: creating and evaluating successful library events to advance development or communications.
·         Major gifts strategies that work: creating giving opportunities for potential donors; prospect identification; non-alumni sources to build a robust pipeline; donor cultivation and stewardship; getting to the ask and successful techniques for closing.
·         Donor relations: creative collaborations among donors and students; transitioning new library director to donor relations.
·         Partnerships and collaborations: library development partnerships and collaborations with schools and other units on campus for joint approaches to donors; how to identify and tap local or regional foundations; potential roles for faculty, librarians, or students in donor cultivation and stewardship.
·         Library services and development: how to identify and leverage the library’s assets as a development strategy; promoting special collections as a donor opportunity; how to get donors to provide financial support or create endowments to process and manage in-kind collection gifts; how to engage donors in new library services (e.g., digital scholarship, digitization, digital collections).
·         Marketing materials: use of social media for library development; ways to effectively communicate the value of academic libraries to donors and the community; using visual storytelling to improve library communications and development.

For questions, please email:
Sue Parks
Associate Dean, Special Libraries
University of North Texas