MLA/DLA 2013: ACRL MD Call for Proposals

Are you spending your summer working on a new program or initiative at your library? Did you try out a new instruction method this past year, read something that changed your whole outlook, or thought about what the future of academic libraries might be? If the answer to any of these questions (or others) is yes, then you should consider submitting a proposal for an ACRL MD sponsored session at this year’s Maryland Library Association/Delaware Library Association conference!

ACRL MD, the academic libraries division of MLA and the state chapter of ACRL, invites you to submit a proposal for the 2013 MLA/DLA Conference held in Ocean City, MD from May 8-10, 2013. Conference sessions are typically 75 minutes long (though there are some shorter and longer time slots available) and are scheduled throughout the day on Thursday and on Friday morning. Wednesday is reserved for full- and half-day pre-conference workshops. Sessions may cover theoretical ideas, reports on (un)successful and innovative initiatives, and/or practical skills relevant to librarians.

Submit your proposal now!

Proposals for concurrent sessions are due by 11:59pm on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Proposals will be peer-reviewed through a double-blind review process. If you have any questions about the conference or the call for proposals, please contact ACRL MD Vice President Joanna Gadsby ( | 410-455-2358).

Need inspiration?

Consider (but don’t limit yourself to) one of the following suggested topics.

  • Assessment – demonstrating value; assessment methods for instruction, reference, collection development, etc.; communicating data
  • Collections – ebooks/e-resources; discovery tools; print collections
  • Instruction – new pedagogical practices; assessing student IL skills; curriculum design
  • Reference – supporting distance learners; virtual reference services; new approaches to research support
  • Technology – mobile devices; web design; social media; tech trends
  • The Future – strategic planning; trends in academic libraries; new roles for librarians

For information on recent topics, please take a look at the 2012 and 2011 conference programs:

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