Call for Proposals for the 2016 AzLA Annual Conference: Libraries Transform!

By Samuel Dyal & Lauren Regenhardt

Program information

The Arizona Library Association invites all library and information professionals to submit program proposals for the 2016 AzLA Annual Conference, to be held at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, November 2–4, 2016.

The conference theme is Libraries Transform! Libraries, community centers in disguise! Libraries, more than meets the eye!

Libraries today are transforming from institutions that provide people with needed items into institutions that provide people with needed services and new experiences. Libraries need to transform:

  • because more than a quarter of U.S. households don’t have a computer with an internet connection.
  • because city comic-cons cost money.
  • because teenagers need a place to be teenagers without fear of judgment or bullying.
  • because how our patrons interact with each other and with information has dramatically changed.
  • because transformation is essential to the communities we serve!

What is your “because?” How do you transition from quantity to quality? What do you do to unite and enrich the community you serve? What do you do to put the spotlight on your library and what it has to offer your community? Share your best practices, innovations, and your “because.” Don’t know what your “because” is? That’s okay! Connect with peers and colleagues in Tucson to continue transforming your library and write your own “because.”

Submission deadlines

  • Preconferences, programs, and workshops: April 25, 2016
  • Posters, roundtables and blitz sessions: May 23, 2016

Preconference presenters must be available on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. All other presenters must be available to present on either day of the conference: Thursday, November 3, 2016, and Friday, November 4, 2016.

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.

For more information, or to submit your proposal online, visit the conference page. You can also “like” us on Facebook, or follow our Twitter feed (hashtag #azlampla). More information about MPLA, as well as their Facebook and Twitter connections, are available at:

Online registration for the conference will open in late summer 2016. Contact the AzLA Association Management Office for questions about registering for the conference or if you need assistance with your username and password. They can be reached at (480) 609-3999 or [email protected].

For any questions, please contact Sam Dyal at [email protected] or Lauren Regenhardt at[email protected].

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