Call for Proposals

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Opening Doors for Each Other:

Collaborations for Shared Success

2019 ACRL New England Chapter Annual Conference

Monday, May 6, 2019

Holiday Inn by the Bay

Portland, Maine


Call for Proposals Is Now Closed

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 in times of stress 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.

Submit a Proposal

The deadline for proposal submission is 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 10, 2019. The call for proposals is now closed. Applicants will be notified about their proposal status in early to mid-March.

Selection will be done by blind peer review. Please do not include identifying information, including the names of institutions, in the abstract.

Proposals may be submitted at Before you begin the online submission process, please be sure you have the following items ready:

  • Submission title
  • Names, job titles, affiliations, email addresses, and brief biographies of all authors
  • Session format choice
  • Description of session, or abstract (250-300 words): Be sure to include two or three takeaways, learning objectives, or questions for attendees. See the descriptions of session formats for more information about what to include in the abstract.
  • Brief description of how your proposed session broadens the conversation in our field regarding your topic
  • Brief summary (1-2) sentences to be used in the program agenda
  • Selected conference tags (see below)
  • Information on the type of library (see below) discussed in the proposal

Speaker Expectations

If accepted, all presenters are responsible for registering in advance for the conference, at a reduced rate. Presenters are also asked to upload final materials (slides, handouts, etc.) to the ACRLNEC Open Access Repository, hosted by ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst. These materials are frequently requested by conference attendees, and uploading them ensures that the valuable information you share is available during and beyond your session.

Session Formats

Panel Discussion

40-minute discussion with 10-minute Q&A
In 40 minutes, two to four panelists will provide multiple, diverse perspectives on a common topic or theme, followed by a ten-minute question and answer period with the audience. Proposal abstracts should highlight practical takeaways for attendees.


40-minute talk with 10-minute Q&A
Presenters will speak with the audience for up to 40 minutes, followed by a ten-minute question and answer period. Proposal abstracts should highlight practical takeaways for attendees.

Interactive Workshop

50 minutes
Presenters will engage attendees in active, hands-on learning. Proposal abstracts should clearly articulate learning outcomes for attendees, as well as a description of the planned activity.


45 minutes
Presenters will bring a poster describing a project, best (or worst!) practices, or original research findings. Throughout the 45-minute poster session, attendees will visit various posters and talk with presenters. Presenters should prepare 1-2 minutes of introductory remarks designed to engage attendees in discussion around the poster. Proposal abstracts should highlight takeaways for attendees. A maximum of two poster presenters is recommended.


45 minutes
Roundtables are an opportunity for attendees to engage in informal group discussion on a topic of interest. Proposal abstracts should include sample questions that facilitators will use to keep the discussion moving. A maximum of two discussion facilitators is recommended.

Lightning Talk

5- to 7-minute talk with 1- to 2-minute Q&A
Lightning talks enable the audience to hear from several presenters in a short space of time. Talks may cover practical experiences, approaches, perspectives, and reflections. Each will be brief, quickly hit the main points, and express what matters most. Proposal abstracts should highlight practical takeaways. One presenter per talk is recommended.

Conference Tags

Conference tags help the planning committee to create a schedule which reflects many types of library work. Presenters may choose as many as apply to their proposal.Access Services

  • Administration, Management, and Leadership
  • Archives and Special Collections
  • Assessment
  • Collections
  • Data Services
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Outreach
  • Professional/staff development
  • Reference
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Technical Services
  • Technology

Type of Library

Making note of the type(s) of library discussed in your proposal helps the planning committee to create a schedule reflective of the many types of libraries in which we work.

  • Community College Library
  • College Library
  • Public Library
  • Special Library
  • University Library
  • Consortium
  • Other

Contact Us

Questions? Email the 2019 Conference Planning Committee at

Additional conference information, including travel and lodging recommendations, will be posted on the conference website at a later date.

The official conference hashtag will be #acrlnec19.