2020 WLA Conference: Program Proposal Form
Thank you for your interest in presenting a program for the 2020 WLA Conference, October 7–10, in Spokane!
The conference theme is 2020 Vision: Looking to the Future. Libraries of all types are facing challenges as we head into the future. While we need to hold these challenges firmly in our field of focus, we simultaneously need to be scanning the horizon for new opportunities. There are oceans of possibilities surrounding inventive and important programs. New methods of reaching our constituents. Changes to our physical spaces. Changes in funding. Incorporating new technology. And so on. By reflecting on our collective past and remembering that libraries have always faced change head on, let’s come together with 2020 vision to share our clearest and sharpest visions for the future!
On behalf of the conference committee, we invite you to submit a program proposal. Be aware that it is unlikely every proposal will be accepted. Strong proposals covering similar topics may be requested to combine into one program to provide varying perspectives on the topic and to ensure that we have room on the schedule for diverse offerings. Program Coordinators will make every effort to suggest alternative opportunities as appropriate (such as panel discussions, lightning talks, poster sessions, etc.) to allow for as much engagement and collaboration as possible at the conference.
- Preconference workshops will be either 3 hours or 4 hours in length.
- Conference sessions will be either 45 minutes or 75 minutes in length.
- Night track sessions will be 45 minutes. (New this year, WLA will offer Night Track sessions for programs that are more irreverent, fun, or provocative than our standard conference fare.)
- Lightning Talk sessions will be 10 minutes in length.
- If provided, conference materials may be made available on the WLA website.
- Presenters are encouraged to seek advance approval from their employers for time away from work to present.
Proposals are due no later than February 19.
Applicants will be notified of their proposal status by March 18.
Please direct questions to the WLA office at
or (206) 823-1138. For additional tips on submitting a proposal, read the "Tips for a Great Program Proposal" document:
Conference Program Information
This information will be used to evaluate your proposal, and if accepted, will be used to promote your program.
Please indicate length of session (check all that apply).
8-hour preconference (all day, includes 90-minute lunch break)
45-minute night track session
10-minute lightning talk
This information will be used in the printed program, website, and other promotional materials. Please focus on what participants will gain as a result of attending, and include the most interesting and appealing aspects of the program. Description should be about 100 words and may be edited for fit and clarity.
Outcomes and Audience Engagement
Briefly describe what participants will be able to do as a result of attending this program. Who would most benefit from attending, and what components are included to engage and involve the participants? This information is used to help better understand your proposal.
From the choices below, select those that best describe your program's format and attendee participation components.
Role playing/audience interaction
Dedicated time for Q&A
How has your work supported marginalized groups or contributed to equity, diversity, and inclusion?
If necessary, provide any clarification or additional information, such as special requirements regarding presenters, scheduling requests, or meeting room space.
Room and A/V Set-Up
Unless otherwise requested, room set-up is theater style with an LCD projector, screen, and wifi access. LAPTOPS ARE NOT PROVIDED.
Room and A/V Requests
Please list any additional room set-up or A/V requirements, special requests regarding program timing, or other information of note. Additional equipment costs may be charged to the Sponsor of this program.
Sponsors and Financial Support
PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING THIS SECTION. Presenters are encouraged to seek support from their employers to cover the costs of conference participation, or to request Sponsorship from a WLA Division, Section, or other library advocate or support group. The conference budget is extremely limited, but if assistance is required we will help you in trying to identify a Sponsor.
I do not need a sponsor; I or my employer is covering all costs.
I have identified a WLA group or other sponsor to cover the costs associated with my program.
I do not have a sponsor, but I will need to identify one in order to present my program.
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