Friday, September 17, 2021

CFP: That was Then, This is Now: Libraries Adapting for the Future - Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries Fall Meeting (Nov 19th, 2021)

 The Southeastern Michigan League of Libraries, SEMLOL, is preparing a virtual program for the Fall membership meeting titled “That was Then, This is Now: Libraries Adapting for the Future.” 


Did your library implement any new programs, procedures, or policies in the last year and a half which have been successful or show promise? What efforts have worked well for your library that you plan to continue? What worked well in the moment and helped your library adapt quickly, but has served its purpose?


We welcome presentations, lightning talks, and virtual poster proposals. We are also looking for volunteers to participate in a live panel discussion. 


Topics include but are not limited to: 

  • liaison work, 

  • new access policies, 

  • outreach efforts to classes, faculty, or individual students, 

  • events/programming/workshops 

  • promoting community and social-emotional wellness for your campus, 

  • maintaining connections with and between students, 

  • collection development initiatives, 

  • meeting changed information needs,

  • interactive activities, or

  • cross-curricular learning. 


Proposals may be for anything from 10 minute lightning talks to 40 minutes long full-presentations. Live or pre-recorded content is acceptable, however presenters are expected to attend the meeting for Q&A. Panelists are also expected to attend the meeting as the panel discussion will be live and interactive. 


The Fall SEMLOL meeting will take place Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 beginning at 2:00 PM on Zoom.


Proposal Submission Deadline Is October 1st, 2021. 


To submit a proposal, please send the title, name of speaker(s), and an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. Accepted proposals will be notified by Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. We would also like to have our panel in place by then, so please send your name and brief description (100 words or less) of your successes during this time by Oct. 1st if you are interested in joining the panel discussion.


Public and Special Librarians and LIS students are encouraged to submit proposals based on their experiences, jobs, or internships. 


We look forward to your submissions! 


SEMLOL Executive Board 

Amy Seipke - Chair, Executive Board

P.S. SEMLOL is looking for a few academic librarians in SE Michigan to serve as members of the Executive Board. If you or anyone you know are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the field or take on a leadership role, please consider joining us. The time commitment is small but the help you can provide is big! Contact Amy Seipke at this email address with a  short, informal synopsis of your experience in the field, if you are interested.