Annual Conference Call for Breakout Session Proposals

Grounding and Growing

MiALA invites you and your colleagues to submit presentation proposals for the 5th annual conference to be held online May 19 - 21, 2021.

This is a targeted call for presentations of research and library projects related to current events in libraries included:
  • Anti-racism work in libraries in responses to events of 2020
  • Quick pivots in service models during COVID shutdowns. What have we learned?
  • How COVID adjustments will transform library service models long-term
  • Staff work-life balance in the work-from-home environment
  • Role of academic libraries in a hyper-politicized era

Participation from librarians, library staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries is encouraged.

We welcome proposals in any topic related to academic libraries, including, but not limited to:
  • Accessibility
  • Administration
  • Anti-racism
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Budgets
  • Cataloging and Metadata
  • Collections
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Distance or Online Learning
  • Education and Curriculum
  • Electronic Resources
  • Instruction and Information Literacy
  • Leadership
  • Mid-Level Management
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Outreach
  • Research Services or Reference
  • Resource Sharing
  • Technical Services
  • Technology
  • User Experience
  • Web Development and Design
In order to facilitate flexibility and as many opportunities for a large number of speakers, the committee is encouraging short-form presentations. If you have an idea for a panel on one of these subjects please do propose this along with a list of speakers. The committee will also work with proposals to craft panels or lightning-style talks on similar topics.

Proposals for presentations, panels, interactive discussions (40 minutes), mini-presentations (20 minutes) and lightning round talk (5-10 minutes) can be submitted using the online submission form and must be received by Friday January 22, 2021. The primary contact listed on each proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted and decisions on proposals will be communicated to the primary contact by Friday, February 12, 2021.

For more information on submitting poster session proposals, please go to the poster session information page.

Are you a breakout session presenter and have questions?  Information is available here on the Breakout Session Guidelines page.

Questions about proposals can be sent to Jessica Hronchek ( Questions about the conference in general can be sent to