How to Submit

Submitting a proposal for ACRL 2021? Before starting, review these five simple steps.


Proposal Deadlines

May 8, 2020
Contributed Paper, Panel, Preconference, Workshop

October 9, 2020
Lightning Talk, Poster, Roundtable, TechConnect, Webcast

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1. The #1 Rule

Proposal selection for ACRL 2021 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).

2. Review all the Parts of a Successful Proposal

Review the Proposal Elements before you start your proposal submission. Consider your content and what Session Format and Tags best fit your proposal.

3. Understand the Participation Limits

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 and a maximum of two proposals for the fall submission deadline.

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.

4. Know How Proposals are Evaluated

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

5. Understand the Presenter Requirements

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 an 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.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at