Annual Conference Breakout Session Guidelines

Annual Conference Breakout Session Guidelines


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

This year’s conference theme is: Engaging the Landscape:
Events of the last two years have produced many challenges and changes in Academic Libraries, in the ways we engage with our patrons, our campuses, our spaces, our technologies, and our work lives. Michigan Academic Libraries Association invites you to consider the evolving ways that library professionals are Engaging The Landscape of their current environments. What has changed? What remains the same? Where should our focus be? What are the ways we are actively engaging to create the Academic Library of the future? How are we doing so in more mindful ways?
Proposals will be accepted for the following presentation formats:
-Full Presentation (A presentation made by one or more speakers on a specific topic to fill a 40-minute block of time, including Q&A)
-Panel Presentation (A presentation about a specific topic amongst a selected group of panelists who share differing perspectives in front of an audience. This session should fill a 40-minute block of time, including Q&A)
-Moderated Group Discussions or Mini-Workshops (A discussion about a specific topic where the audience contributes to the conversation while being guided by one or more facilitators. This session should fill a 40-minute block of time, including Q&A) (Note: the committee is particularly interested in proposals that include interactive or active learning components).
-Mini-Presentation (a presentation made by one or more speakers on a specific topic to fill a 20-minute block of time, including Q&A)
Breakout session proposals are welcome in any topic related to academic libraries, including, but not limited to:
Access ServicesDiversity, Equity and InclusionStrategic Planning
AccessibilityEducation and CurriculumTechnical Services
Administration and ManagementElectronic ResourcesTechnology
ArchivesFine Arts and HumanitiesUser Experience
Assessment and EvaluationHealth SciencesWeb Development and Design
BudgetsInstruction and Information Literacy 
Campus and Community CollaborationLeadership 
Cataloging and MetadataLibrary Liaisons Work 
CollectionsOpen Educational Resources 
Community College LibrariesOutreach 
Critical LibrarianshipResearch Services(including in-persron or virtual reference) 
Data ManagementResource Sharing 
Distance or Online LearningSTEM 
Along with presenter(s) information, breakout session proposals must include title, presentation format, topic tags, abstract (up to 75 words), description (up to 300 words), learning objective(s), and intended audience (up to 25 words). Proposals will be evaluated on relevance to the conference theme, impact on academic libraries, originality, creativity, clarity, audience engagement, and applicability of content and outcomes. 

Note: No identifying information should appear within the abstract or description provided in the proposal, in order to ensure the impartiality of the blind review committee. If a proposal is a collaborative submission, all identifying information from all contributors must be excluded from the proposal.
MiALA membership is not required to submit a proposal and/or present at the conference.
The primary contact listed on submitted proposals will be contacted about the status of the proposed presentation by. Primary contacts are expected to communicate any information regarding the conference to their co-presenters. Changes to the primary contact cannot be changed after proposal approval.
Breakout sessions will be held throughout the conference in designated breakout session rooms. Session descriptions, room, and time assignments will be listed in the printed program and on the conference website. It is the primary contact’s responsibility to contact the program committee of any errors/changes to their session’s description and presenters.
General Information/Guidelines
All breakout session presenters must register for the conference (full or one-day). Exceptions are only available for non-library staff co-presenters attending only to speak at their presentation or for specific extenuating circumstances with prior approval of the program team.
Presenters who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without previously notifying the conference chair of cancellation will not be permitted to present sessions or posters at any MiALA-sponsored meeting for two years following the "no-show."