February 15, 2017

Call for Proposals

The Arizona Library Association invites all library and information professionals to submit program proposals for the 2017 AzLA Annual Conference, to be held at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, October 25-27, 2017.

Conference Theme: Because Of You – Libraries Transform!

Now that we know how libraries transform, who are the ones transforming them?  Easy – You! Because of YOU – Libraries Transform.  Because of you, your community has access to resources and information.  Because of you, teens have a safe space to be themselves.  Because of you, a family can attend story times to help encourage early literacy and the love of learning. Because of you, the new taco truck down the street had the resources to learn how to start their own successful business. Because of all of us, the library is the heart of the community.  Because YOU matter.

Transformation begins with you. What steps can you take to create positive change in yourself and in your library? How do you impact your patrons and encourage your staff?  What do you do to engage your community? We want to hear about your library success stories, and even your failures! Your story could prove to be the springboard a colleague needs to launch their own transformation. This is your opportunity to connect with peers, new and old, in an effort to spark creativity, ignite your imagination, and share your passion for library services.

Information for Prospective Presenters

Submission Deadlines:

  • Program Proposals: May 26, 2017
  • Posters, Roundtables and Blitz Session Proposals: May 26, 2017

Divisions and Interest Groups must be available:

  • Wednesday, October 25 for morning sessions

All other presenters must be available on one of the following days:

  • Wednesday, October 25, 2016,
  • Thursday, October 26, 2017  
  • Friday, October 26, 2017

Program Tracks:

  • Leadership & Staff Development – Explore leadership, management, and organizational/career development issues, trends, and best practices.
  • Children & Young Adults – Share exciting, practical, and theoretical ideas and information about serving children and young adults.
  • Information Literacy & Teaching – Focus on instruction techniques, theory, information literacy, and classroom trends and topics.
  • User Services – Explore collection development topics, new trends in designing user spaces, and improving public services.
  • Technology & Tech Services – Explore ideas and information about digital library issues, metadata standards, and hot new technology trends.
  • Library Outreach, Marketing and Advocacy – Teach others how to create partnerships, be aware of legislative issues, advocate for libraries, and utilize new marketing techniques and ideas.