2020 Fall Conference Call for Proposals

Changing the Game: Harnessing Change for New Resources & Services

Changes and challenges during 2020 encouraged or even required libraries to adapt and experiment in ways not previously imagined or tested.  Join us virtually at Fall Conference 2020 to discuss and share what changed at your library and how it led to new opportunities and experiments. 

Please submit your proposal by October 7, 2020.  If your proposal is approved, you will be contacted by October 12, 2020.  Sessions will last for 45 minutes and will include time for questions.  Please submit your proposals using this form.

How were some of the following major areas of library life impacted for you and your colleagues?

Resources & Spaces
  • Did increased demand for digital content and access make a permanent change in your collection strategies and planning?
  • How do we adapt proven success with online programming to create blended instruction, reference, and programming for users?
  • What does the role of collaborative learning and the evolution of physical locations mean for librarians and users?
  • How do we envision collections like graphic novels and shared technology changing in the next year?
  • How have changes to budgets manifested in creativity with collections and programming?

Mission & Purpose
  • How did the past year allow your library and librarians to show they are indispensable, especially in times of crisis?
  • What resources and planning worked to expand or improve services outside of the library as place/space?
  • What changes from our own professional training can we adapt to help our users?

Technology & Services
  • How do we adapt proven success with online programming to create blended instruction and programming for users?
  • Have expanded grants and technology budgets allowed new resources to be tested?
  • What challenges did these new services face?
  • What does this mean for the long-term future of curbside services, book-mobiles, and remote book-drop offs?

We are excited to host the first virtual poster session at Fall Conference 2020!  We welcome student participation from the information science and library science programs at East Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee's School of Information Science, and Trevecca Nazarene University.  Each presenter will receive five minutes to virtually present and will need to submit a digital version of their poster.  A separate call for posters will be provided to each school.
Possible Topics
Addressing budget challenges & changes, Marketing Services. Rethinking group collaborating/learning spaces

Creating distance/remote services, Improving Internet & mobile content access, Marketing services, Public-school library partnerships, Virtual collection browsing

Adapting to shifting school environments, Curating online resources & services, Improving accessiblity