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Come Together: VLA Annual Conference Session Proposals Deadline April 14
Friday, April 14, 2023
Category: Events

Now Accepting Proposals

Proposal Submission Deadline: April 14, 2023

The VLA 2023 conference will be an opportunity for library workers across the state to celebrate the communities we serve and look forward to all the things we do best. Our theme, Come Together, brings us together as we have over these 100 years to collaborate, share ideas and best practices, and organize to collectively grow our profession. Let’s tell our stories from these 100 years, and begin writing the story of what we can accomplish together in the future.

VLA welcomes proposals that highlight: 

  • The history of libraries, librarianship, and especially Virginia Libraries over the past 100 years.
  • Best practices, ideas, and tools for partnering together with other libraries, local and national organizations, regional affiliates, other agencies to accomplish shared goals within our communities.  
  • Growing the diversity of our profession along with the career development, employability, and retention strategies.
  • The State of Libraries today and how we can survive and thrive into the future 

VLA provides two options for submissions.

What do I need to complete the Proposal Form?

  • Type of Session:
    • Roundtable Discussion
    • Presentation
    • Panel
    • Poster
    • Lightning Talk
  • Session title, description (50 words or less), three learning objectives & take-aways, and a description of how the program encourages attendee engagement.
  • Contact information for all speakers: name, email and organization.
  • Preferred session date and time (choices are Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.)

Tips and tricks for submitting a stellar proposal:

  1. Keep your proposal clear and to the point. We get a lot of proposals; make it as easy as possible for the reviewers to get enthusiastic about your submission.
  2. Consider your audience. Explain why librarians and library staff would be excited to attend your presentation.
  3. Include the theme. Look for keywords and concepts in the call for proposals and incorporate them into your submission.
Proposals will be reviewed and presenters will be notified in May 2023. Requested session times and dates will be honored wherever possible. Up to two presenters per session will receive $75 off the conference registration fee. If you have any questions, please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga at [email protected].
YOUR participation is what makes the VLA Annual Conference possible – we hope to hear from you!
Kimberly B. Knight, 2023 VLA President,
Babak Zarin, 2023 VLA Conference Chair,
Stephanie Hardy, 2023 VLACRL Conference Within A Conference Chair, 
and the 2023 VLA Conference Committee
Hotel rooms at the Chantilly Westfields Marriott Dulles will be available at the VLA group rate of $179.00 per night plus taxes and fees. A link to reserve hotel rooms will be posted when conference registration opens in June/July.