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:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Education and Curriculum
Administration and Management
Fine Arts and Humanities
Assessment and Evaluation
Web Development and Design
Instruction and Information Literacy
Campus and Community Collaboration
Cataloging and Metadata
Library Liaisons Work
Open Educational Resources
Community College Libraries
Research Services(including in-persron or virtual reference)
Distance or Online Learning
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.
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."