Wednesday, May 23, 2018

CFP: CLA Fall 2018 Virtual Conference (Catholic Library Association) - October 2018

CLA Fall 2018 Virtual Conference Call For Proposals

Librarianship as Vocation 
Catholic Library Association Fall 2018 Virtual Conference – Call for Proposals

Members of our profession discuss frequently and through a variety of means, the nature of librarianship and the role of the librarian. This has been particularly true with the mad urgency of change in the last half century. Likewise, people do the same regarding their faith and beliefs in vocation in general and in living out one’s personal vocation specifically. This conference will bring those two themes together to discuss “Librarianship as Vocation.” What is it about our profession that manifests Christian living? What is it about our profession that is different from others? What is it about our profession that makes it so much more than a job? How do the concepts of vocation, faith, and librarianship interact? If our profession has changed, has our vocation?

This virtual conference will be held online for three days in October 2018.

We strongly encourage proposal submissions from not only academic librarians, but also MLIS graduate students, volunteer librarians in parishes or small school libraries, and retired librarians as well as librarians active and working in all settings.

Proposals may address (but are not limited to) such topics as the Catholic librarian in a non-Catholic library, the non-Catholic librarian in a Catholic library, the formation and mentoring of vocation in a librarian, librarianship as social justice work, librarianship as Catholic Action, the spirituality of librarianship, the connection between outreach and evangelization, carrying on the Catholic intellectual tradition, academic freedom, censorship, collection development and Catholic identity, pedagogical opportunities in the virtual world, digital humanities, identifying freely available materials, and developing resources for learners, etc. Presentations in technical services (cataloging Catholic materials, acquisitions of materials in a Catholic setting, etc.) are always welcome. 

We will be using Zoom video and audio conferencing, which can integrate PowerPoint or other methods of presentation. Lecture with PowerPoint is certainly not the only format possible. PeckaKucha, lighting sessions, book talks, panels, etc. are all welcome. 

Submit your proposal here:

Key Dates:

Proposal submission deadline June 18, 2018
Notification of accepted proposals July 9, 2018
Training on use of Zoom during July 2018.
Rehearsal and run through for conference will be last week of September 2018.

Please direct questions regarding proposals to Madi Petty at