Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CFP: IACRL@ILA 2018 in Peoria, Illinois (October 2018)

Academic library colleagues:
The deadline for proposals for this year's ILA Annual Conference is coming up on Friday, March 16! This conference will include an IACRL@ILA programming track that will take the place of a standalone IACRL conference. Please see the email below for details, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Best regards,
Lindsay Harmon
IACRL Past President
ILA 2018 Conference Program Committee Co-Chair


As a member of the 2018 ILA Annual Conference Program Committee, I invite you to submit a conference program proposal for next year’s conference at the Peoria Civic Center, October 9-11. The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM on Friday, March 16.

Libraries of all types are places of refuge for members of our communities and institutions. The 2018 Illinois Library Association Conference, Libraries: All Inclusive, is a chance for us to come together and share our ideas about promoting inclusivity in our communities, among our patrons, and within our staffs. How are you welcoming underserved populations into your library? What can we do to build community, inside and outside the library walls?

Share your ideas by submitting a conference proposal. The ILA Annual Conference Program Committee is seeking programs including (but not limited to) the following topics
·         Reaching underserved populations and/or segments of your community
·         Building communities
·         Small and rural libraries
·         Staff inclusion (support staff, etc.)
·         Library leadership – staff, trustees, and the community
·         Services to new Americans, refugees, ESL
·         Neurodiversity
·         Passive programming (library card not required)
·         Fandom
·         Gaming

Have an idea for a program that's not fully formed? Looking for a co-presenter to bring in additional perspectives? Are you a first-time presenter and need/want some assistance putting together your first session? You can submit a request for speaker support and the committee will help you develop your program.

Financial assistance is available to offset registration fees for a limited number of speakers who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference.

Full information on submitting a proposal, a link to the online submission form, and links to the speaker support form and speaker scholarship application can be found on the ILA website:

Eric A. Edwards
Interlibrary Loan Librarian
Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building