How to submit

Read  Program Proposal Instructions before you begin.

The #1 Rule
Proposal selection for ACRL 2017 is a blind, peer-review process.  Do not identify presenter and institution names in your proposal.  Proposals with presenter and/or institution names will not be considered (really, trust us).

ACRL 2017 presenters will be required to:

  • register for and attend the conference (complimentary registration may be requested for non-librarian presenters on the submission form);
  • grant permission for possible recording (slidecasts) and broadcast of their presentation;
  • assign ACRL first publication rights, as contributed papers will be published as part of the ACRL conference proceedings; and
  • contributed paper presenters must provide completed papers in both hard copy and electronic versions by the paper submission deadline date.

Selection criteria
The ACRL 2017 Conference committees will evaluate the content of your proposal for relevance to the conference tracks and theme, clarity, originality, and timeliness. Proposals should be for original work that has not been previously published.  Special attention will be given to proposals that:

  • demonstrate innovative thinking;
  • generate ideas or report research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries;
  • contribute ideas for positioning academic and research librarians to be leaders both on and off campus;
    present strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology; and
  • encourage active learning among conference attendees.

Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposal notifications will be sent out in early August 2016.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at

Proposal Deadlines

May 6, 2016
Contributed papers, panel sessions, workshops, and preconferences proposals due

October 14, 2016
Poster sessions, roundtable discussions, TechConnect presentations, and virtual conference webcasts proposals due

Submit a Proposal