The conference theme for this year is "Grounded and Growing."
The need to grow and change is a constant for libraries as we respond and adapt to our evolving academic environments. As we celebrate over 5 years of MiALA and look towards the future of the organization, we will explore the ways academic libraries are initiating and managing change, not just redefining and reevaluating, but growing from a place that is grounded in our strengths and aligned with community needs. How do we continue what is working and critically examine and pivot from what is not?
We welcome posters in any topic related to work in academic libraries, and particularly if they have a connection to the conference theme. Broad participation is encouraged from librarians, staff, LIS students, and administrators from all types of academic libraries (including but not limited to public universities, private colleges, and community colleges). Poster proposals should include a description of no more than 300 words. They will be evaluated on relevance to the academic library profession, originality and creativity, and clarity/applicability of content and outcomes.
We are notably welcoming poster proposals on research and library projects related to current events in libraries including:
-Antiracism work in libraries in response 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
You DO NOT need to be a member of MiALA to submit a proposal. Regardless of the decision on a proposal, MiALA encourages you to attend the conference. Poster session proposals may also be submitted if your presentation proposal is not accepted.
Prior to submitting a proposal, please review the poster guidelines available here. To submit a proposal, go to the poster session proposal application page. The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, March 5, 2021.
The primary contact listed on each proposal will receive a message indicating receipt of the proposal when it is submitted; decisions on all proposals will be communicated to the primary contact by March 26, 2021.