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Call for Session Proposals | Manitoba Libraries Conference 2018

Call for Session Proposals – Manitoba Libraries Conference 2018

The Manitoba Library Association is accepting proposals for the Manitoba Libraries Conference 2018. MLC 2018 will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from May 30-June 1, 2018.

Libraries are vital community members, constantly adapting to ensure their services encourage their communities to thrive. The 2018 Manitoba Libraries Conference aims to explore the many ways in which libraries work to engage and inspire their diverse communities. The MLC Program Committee is excited to open a call for submissions for panels, workshops, papers, presentations, thunder talks, posters, and sessions that support our theme of Engage & Inspire Communities.

We are looking for proposals that highlight the innovative research or practice in engaging and inspiring our patrons, our students or faculty, community groups, other libraries, as well as outside professions that we engage with to deliver our services. The Manitoba Libraries Conference brings together public, academic, school, government, and special libraries and archives of all types, and we are committed to providing an exciting and diverse program for the conference. 

Proposals from trustees for sessions that provide education and training for Library Board members are welcome. If you are a trustee and have suggestions for speakers or topics of interest to trustees, you are invited to send them to for potential session development.


Session types

We are accepting proposals for a variety of session types, so we invite you to get creative with your proposal. All sessions should include some time for audience questions or interactions. Please indicate in your proposal how the time will be used.

If you would like to run a longer interactive workshop or have an idea for a detailed panel, we are accepting submissions for longer sessions or panels on substantive topics (60 or 90 minutes). Would you like to give a tight, concise talk on an area of skill or research? We would also like to encourage submissions for shorter sessions (30 minutes), including thunder or lightning talks (10 minutes maximum).  Just starting your research, or prefer to deliver your subject matter one-on-one? This year the conference will include poster presentations.



Please provide the following information about your proposal:

  • Session or poster title
  • Description (150 words)
  • Session length 
    • ( 90, 60, 30, or 10 minutes, poster presentation)
  • Equipment requirements
  • Co-presenters (can be confirmed upon acceptance)
  • Target audience
  • Three keywords or learning outcomes to describe your session
  • Short biography of the presenter(s) that may include current occupation, experience, and contributions to their field(s) (200 words maximum)


Submissions should be sent to:

Deadline is Friday, November 10, 2017, 11:59PM CST