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2019 OPAL Annual Conference

OPAL members and guests* are invited to submit proposals for the 2019 Conference

Deadline for Breakout Session Proposals: March 31, 2019

The annual conference is held to promote the work of OPAL libraries, to share information and practices, to provide vision for future OPAL activities, and to recognize the achievements of OPAL libraries and staff. The 2019 conference will be held August 1-2, 2019 at the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati.

We are looking for presentations that balance theory and practice and are presented in an engaging manner. 

Suggested Topics

  • Information literacy, bibliographic instruction, or trends in library & research instruction
  • Outreach & instruction to different student cohorts: first-years, graduate students, online/distance, international
  • Creating inviting spaces in your library, library renovations
  • Special collections & archives, preservation, etc. 
  • Cataloging: RDA, linked data, cooperative cataloging, etc.
  • Technical services: processes, efficiencies, tips, training
  • Circulation, PCIRC, ILL, etc.
  • Library statistics & data-driven decision making
  • Student staff training & duties 
  • Collection management, weeding, acquisitions, book repair, etc.
  • Technology in the library: LibGuides, social media, digitization projects, online tutorials, open educational resources (OER), etc.
  • Building relationships with or collaborating with other departments (internal) or community organizations (external)
  • Assessment, accreditation
  • And more!

Suggested Presentation Formats

  • Listen and Learn (45-minute session)
    Presenter(s) shares a product or idea, showcases best practices in an area of librarianship, and/or provides suggestions for practical application in the academic library.
  • Panel (45-minute session)
    A small group (a moderator and a maximum of three) in which the individual members present the same concepts or differing viewpoints on a topic. The purpose of a panel presentation is to be able to hear a wide range of perspectives on a given topic and to hear support and reasons for those positions from a group with experience in the area.
  • Conversation Group (45-minute session)
    Presenter(s) gives brief introductory remarks (5-10 minutes) around a specific topic and facilitates a discussion among participants.
  • Workshops (45-minute session)
    The presenter uses a lecture or hands-on format to deliver training on a specific topic.
  • Interest Group Presentations (45-minute session)
    These are sponsored by COIs on a topic of their choice. 

* Guests refer to our colleagues in academic libraries that are not part of an OPAL institution. 

Poster Proposals


POSTER PROPOSALS now being accepted! Deadline: June 1, 2019.