OPAL members and guests* are invited to submit proposals
for the 2021 Conference
The deadline for proposals is Friday, May 14, 2021.
The annual conference is held to promote the work of our member libraries, to share information and practices, to provide vision for future activities, and to recognize the achievements of our libraries and staff. The 2021 conference will be held virtually on August 6, 2021.
We are looking for presentations that balance theory and practice and are presented in an engaging manner. Please consider submitting a proposal, even if you are still working out details. The planning task force will be sharing tips to help you successfully adapt your presentation to an online format and host a practice session to test connectivity and explore the conference platform in advance.
Information literacy, bibliographic instruction, or trends in library & research instruction
Outreach & instruction to different student cohorts: first-years, graduate, online/distance, or international
Building relationships with or collaborating with other departments (internal) or community organizations (external)
Technology in the library: LibGuides, social media, digitization projects, online tutorials, open educational resources (OER), etc.
Creating inviting spaces in your library, library renovations
Library statistics & data-driven decision making and advocacy
Special collections & archives, preservation, etc.
Cataloging: RDA, linked data, cooperative cataloging, etc.
Technical services: processes, efficiencies, tips, training
Circulation, PCIRC, ILL, etc.
Student staff training & duties
Collection management, weeding, acquisitions, book repair, etc.
Assessment, accreditation, program review
Any work that takes up your time is worth our time!
* Guests refer to our colleagues in academic libraries that are not part of an OPAL institution.