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Spring Institute 2020 Call for Proposals

MLA Spring Institute: People First
March 19-20, 2020
Sheraton Hotel, Ann Arbor

Call for Breakout Session Program Proposals

Submit a Proposal for Spring Institute

Submissions welcome through Friday, November 8, 2019.

The MLA Spring Institute 2020 theme is People First. By focusing on the needs of our patrons and staff as a top priority and placing a high value on respect we can empower growth within our own communities regardless of our role within the library. Spring Institute 2020 will aim to educate and honor library staff and patrons through people-first practices in hiring, advocacy, displays, programs and collections.

All topics are welcome to be proposed. Examples could be, but not limited to: early literacy, diversity, coding/STEM, grants/fundraising, music, personal development, collaboration, self-care, programming, collections and management.

The conference will work to achieve the following goals and outcomes through its programs.

  • Provide quality professional development for those serving youth (ages 0 – 18) in libraries.
    • Attendees will gain at least three ideas that they can apply or adapt to their libraries
  • Enable an opportunity for those serving youth (ages 0 – 18) in libraries to exchange relevant, actionable knowledge through networking.
    • Attendees will connect with new professional contacts with whom they can exchange ideas.
    • Attendees will build professional relationships that will provide future support.
  • Revitalize and inspire those serving youth (ages 0 – 18) in libraries.
    • Attendees will return to their library with renewed enthusiasm for their work.

Agreements and Selection Notification

  • MLA will contact each program’s submitter and subsequent presenters regarding final decisions on or before Friday, November 22, 2019.
  • MLA will send all presenters a Presenter Agreement indicating the date, time, and details of their presentation. This will be confirmed by the presenter and returned to MLA.

Program Submission General Guidelines

  • Program submitter may or may not also be the presenter. Either is acceptable.
  • Communications by MLA will be to all members who are a part of your submission. Contact information is required for each presenter.
  • Presenters are not reimbursed or compensated for session time, mileage, or any other such item.
  • Presenters must register for the day(s) they attend Spring Institute if they intend to stay beyond their allotted presentation time.

A/V & Room Setup

  • All presentation rooms will be supplied with a projector and screen; a microphone will be available as applicable.
  • Internet access will be available during the conference, but large video files should be downloaded ahead of time.
  • Presenters will provide their own laptops and have presentations on laptops, flash drives, cloud, etc. Remote mouse devices/pointers are the responsibility of the presenter. Apple users will be responsible for also providing their own adaptor for connection to the projector.

Handouts & Evaluations

  • Handouts must be submitted to MLA by Friday, March 6, 2020.
  • Printed handouts will not be reproduced by MLA for the conference. Instead, they will be made available on the MLA website before, during and after the conference. Presenters may provide handouts themselves if desired.

Selection Criteria

The Spring Institute work group will use the following criteria in assessing the viability of including a program on the schedule. The work group retains the right to reject, modify, or combine proposals.

Purpose: Does the proposal clearly identify a goal and outcome(s), and are those in line with goals and outcomes of the conference as a whole?

Audience: Is the target audience clearly identified?

Clarity: Is the proposal easy to understand with technological or industry jargon explained, if necessary, correct grammar and professionalism? Does the proposal clearly state concrete and specific topics/themes that you’ll be highlighting?

Practicality: Is the topic appropriate for a conference breakout session in content, time and audience?

Timeliness/Relevance: Is the topic of current interest, bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective to its intended audience and conference theme?

Qualifications: Does the speaker(s) have sufficient background experience to present on said topic?

Submit a Breakout Program Proposal for SI 2020

Call for Cool Things My Library Does Proposals

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Submissions welcome through Monday, January 10, 2020

Cool Things My Library Does will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Do you have a great project you’ve implemented at your library, but don’t think the information would fill a whole breakout session time slot? 

Would you like to share your unique programming ideas with your peers? 

Have you or your library done something so great, you must share it with the world? 

Does your library do something no one else does?

Please consider submitting a proposal for Cool Things My Library Does. This quick and engaging presentation session will give you an opportunity to showcase your brilliance in a comfortable group discussion and reception format. Think of it like a strolling poster session or show-and-tell with props. Topic examples might be unique collections, outreach programs, engaging services or distinctive displays. 

Agreements and Selection Notification

  • MLA will contact the submitter and any additional presenters regarding final decisions on or before January 24, 2020.
  • MLA will send all presenters a Presenter Agreement outlining their poster presentation details. This will be confirmed by the presenter and returned to MLA.

Submission General Guidelines

  • Communications by MLA will be to all members who are a part of your submission. Contact information is required for each presenter.
  • Presenters are not reimbursed or compensated for session time, mileage, or any other such item.
  • Presenters must register to attend Spring Institute if they intend to stay beyond the Cool Things reception.

Poster Setup

  • All poster presenters will be provided with a 6’ table
  • Upon request, MLA will provide one 36” by 48” tri-fold presentation board at time of registration. Poster presenters will be responsible for bringing all items to adhere to the board as well as assembling the board.
  • Internet access may be available but is not guaranteed.
Submit a proposal for Cool Things My Library Does

Spring Institute 2020 Timeline

November 8, 2019 – Final day to submit program proposals

November 22, 2019 – Program selection notifications and agreements emailed from MLA to program presenters

December 16, 2019 – Presenter agreements signed and returned to MLA

January 10, 2020 – Final day to submit Cool Things My Library Does poster proposals

January 24, 2020 – Selection notifications and agreements emailed from MLA to program presenters

March 6, 2020 – Handouts received for posting on MLA website

March 19 – 20, 2020 – Spring Institute Conference at Sheraton Hotel, Ann Arbor

 

The form can be used for breakout program proposals or Cool Things My Library Does poster presentations:

Submit a Proposal for Spring Institute 2020

Questions

Please feel free to contact MLA Professional Development Manager Amber Sheerin at [email protected] or the work group chair Beth Lowe at [email protected] with any questions you may have prior to your submission.