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Call for Proposals: Pennsylvania Library Association College and Research Division Spring Workshop

March 16, 2022

Workshop Theme: Adapt and Evolve: What’s New in Your Library?

Description: Academic libraries are constantly adapting and evolving to meet the changing needs of our diverse patrons and communities. The pandemic continues to expose fissures in higher education and library employees have been working diligently to address issues as they arise. Perhaps your library has needed to create new policies or implement new services; maybe your library is designing new physical spaces to accommodate patron needs. As the course curriculum evolves, so do library instruction practices. On Thursday, June 2, 2022 at the Madlyn L. Hanes Library at Penn State Harrisburg, the College and Research Division (CRD) of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) will explore how academic libraries have adapted and evolved in new ways to meet the needs of our campus and community.
To facilitate this exploration, we are seeking proposals in a variety of formats that showcase your scholarship and/or your academic library efforts to engage your local campus community in new or reimagined ways. We encourage members to think creatively and share your experience with our academic library colleagues! Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

• Collaborations with non-library partners
• Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility outreach programs
• Evolving pedagogical practices in the library classroom
• New library collections, physical or electronic
• Supporting library employees and patrons with disabilities in new ways
• Universal Design in academic libraries

Proposals should broadly fit the theme of adapting and evolving and may relate to instruction, programming, collection development, library processes, or any other area your library supports.
Proposal Requirements: Proposals must include a title, an abstract of no more than 250 words, and 2-3 learning objectives. Please refrain from including identifiable information in your abstract and other materials to help ensure a blind evaluation. PaLA CRD members will be given preference in session evaluation and selection.
Submissions are due by Friday, April 15, 2022. Presenters of selected proposals will be expected to pay conference registration rates.

Submit your proposal here:

Workshop registration and additional conference information will be coming soon!

Questions? Contact Andrea Pritt at

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