Call for Proposals: 2019 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference – Monday, May 6, 2019 – Portland, Maine

Working in a library means collaboration with other stakeholders. While collaboration can be challenging, does focusing on shared success improve outcomes? The theme of our 2019 Annual Conference, Opening Doors for Each Other, emphasizes support that goes in more than one direction—whether it is across organizational lines or via relationships external to the library. It broadens the concept of openness to encompass not only open access but also collaboration, transparency, opportunity, creativity, inclusion, and mutual support across the library and beyond.

The Annual Conference Planning Committee seeks proposals for sessions in a variety of formats in which you can share the stories of your collaborative successes. When partnering with someone on a program or project, how did you “open doors” for each other? All kinds of collaborations are welcome:

On campus, such as:

  • across departments within your library
  • with other departments on campus
  • with student groups
  • with particular user populations, such as those from underrepresented groups

Off campus, such as:

  • with vendors
  • with other libraries
  • with professional associations

Stories of mentorship and responsibility-sharing are also welcome!

Staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship are encouraged to submit proposals by February 10, 2019. Vendor representatives may be included as session presenters for proposals that have library staff, administrators, or students as primary presenters.

The deadline for proposal submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Applicants will be notified about their proposal status by early March.

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About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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