Wednesday, May 01, 2013

ALAO 2013: Call for Proposals

ALAO 39th Annual Conference 
October 25, 2013 
University Center Kent State University at Stark 
North Canton, Ohio 

The ALAO Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for presentations for the 2013 Annual Conference. Applicants are encouraged to develop creative proposals that show thoughtful exploration of this year’s conference theme: “The Changing Faces of Academic Libraries: Transforming, Reorganizing, Re‐imagining.”

Share your experiences, solutions, expertise, and innovative practices with colleagues from all types of academic libraries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: 


  • Collaboration – departments, community, groups 
  • Collections – print vs. electronic 
  • Outside the box – new initiatives 
  • Services – areas of student experience 


  • Library spaces – physical and virtual, active learning
  • Staffing – new roles, new positions, new responsibilities
  • Budget (electronic vs. print) 
  • Collections – maintenance 
  • Services 


  • Library instruction – first year, second year groups, international, special groups (veterans), online 
  • Library reference – online, in person, new methods, assessment, tools used 
  • Library services 
  • Collaboration 
  • Budget – expertise needed?, IT 
  • Collections – digital initiatives, data 
  • Assessment 
  • Library as information portal 

Proposal Guidelines: 

You are welcome to submit multiple proposals, however, please know that no more than 2 will be included in the final program.  All proposals will be blind‐reviewed for content, relevance to the conference theme, and overall appeal. A concise, clearly written description and abstract will help the reviewers evaluate your offering more clearly.

Presentations may take the form of contributed papers, demonstrations, workshops, research, or panel discussions.

  • Exclude the name of your institution, department and any personal names in the abstract to expedite the blind review process. You do not need to exclude this information in the brief description. 
  • You will be contacted regarding your AV/technology requirements when your proposal is accepted. 
  • All presenters will be responsible for their own registration and travel costs. 

Please print a copy of the completed form for your records before submitting. You will receive an email confirmation upon successful proposal submission. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact: Diane Schrecker, Ashland University Library using the ALAO 2013 Conference Planning Committee email: alao.cpc at 

Deadline for proposals is June 7, 2013.

Proposals should be submitted via the online submission form:  ALAO 2013 Presentation Proposal

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