Share your expertise
- ACRL 2021 offers a variety of options for participation and features nine session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is surely a format best suited to your ideas.
- Consult the conference tags to stimulate your thinking and position your proposal within the conference theme. The tags will serve to create our own conference map and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.
- Be sure to review the proposal elements and submission instructions before starting your proposal.
In order to allow as many individuals as possible to participate as conference presenters, an individual may submit, or be included as a co-presenter on a maximum of two proposals for the spring submission deadline (May 8, 2020) and a maximum of two proposals for the fall submission deadline (October 9, 2020).
This means a potential for a maximum of four total acceptances. However, an individual can present/be listed as a presenter a maximum of two times during the ACRL Conference. While it is uncommon for an individual to have up to four proposals accepted, in the case that happens, the individual would need to confirm with ACRL which two programs they plan to present in order to comply with the two-presentation limit.
ACRL strives to develop an inclusive conference program that will reflect the library community’s diverse range of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, economic background, age, and/or ability. We also seek presenters and topics from all types of libraries, positions, and experiences, including nonlibrary faculty, staff, and administrators. Individuals are encouraged to address how their proposed sessions and their personal and professional experiences will advance these goals and will promote equity and inclusion.
ACRL 2021 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;
- participate in online speaker orientation;
- 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.
The ACRL 2021 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