Spring Institute 2020 Call for Proposals

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

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Call for Cool Things My Library Does Proposals

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Submissions welcome through Monday, January 13, 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 13, 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


Please feel free to contact MLA Program and Event 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.