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Call for programs

Program proposals are now being accepted for the Ohio Library Council’s all-new Community Engagement Conference, set for May 15, 2019 at the OCLC Conference Center in northwest Columbus.

The conference planning committee is seeking presentations that will enhance the skills of library staff and that are tied to the Core Competencies of public library service. The educational programming for the conference will include breakout sessions that will focus on a variety of community engagement topics including how to assess community needs, build partnerships, manage expectations, and empower staff. The event will also include a panel discussion featuring Ohio library staff who have done notable work as well as poster sessions on successful collaborations in Ohio.

The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2019. For more information visit the conference website at:

Program proposals are also being accepted for the 2019 Convention and Expo, Sept. 25-27, at the Duke Energy Convention Center and Hyatt in downtown Cincinnati. The theme for 2019 is Sharing Our Stories. There are two forms for submitting program proposals: one for Ohio library presenters and one for library presenters outside of Ohio.

The forms and links to contact information for any of OLC’s divisions and committees can be found at:

The deadline for proposals for the Convention and Expo is also February 1, 2019.

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Call for proposals: SOA Annual Meeting

Invention and Innovation
Society of Ohio Archivists Annual Meeting
Friday, May 17, 2019

To be held at the Hilton Akron/Fairlawn Hotel in Akron, Ohio.

Deadline to submit proposals: Monday, January 21, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

The Society of Ohio Archivists’ 2019 annual meeting travels to Akron, Ohio, the “City of Invention,” this May. In the spirit of Akron, the Program Committee seeks proposal topics on the theme of “Invention and Innovation” in archives, collections, or related work. Creativity is encouraged!

Session, poster, and discussion proposal topics can address a broad array of topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Longstanding institutional projects or collections in accordance with the ‘Invention and Innovation’ theme
  • Current and forward-moving tools for archival discovery, maintenance, and/or marketing
  • Outreach and instruction that employs new methods, or addresses innovative or inventive topics
  • Inventive and innovative student, intern, and volunteer experiences and projects
  • Unique collection development ventures
  • Best practices and new methods for handling preservation, description, and access to analog, born-digital, or hybrid collections
  • Diversity, access, inclusion, and community archives

The Program Committee encourages proposals of panel sessions, student and professional posters, as well as alternative formats such as a debate, fish bowl, lightning, mini-workshop, pecha kucha, world café, and other session formats that encourage interaction between presenters and attendees. Please see the proposal form for more detailed information about alternative sessions.

Proposals must include:

  • Session/Poster title and type
  • Abstract of 250 words describing the session/poster and how it will be of interest to SOA attendees
  • Description of 150 words for the printed program
  • Contact information for the primary presenter and any other participants
  • A/V or technology requirements
  • Any additional special needs

Proposals will be evaluated on clarity, originality, diversity of content and speaker representation, and completeness of proposal and presenters. The Program Committee also encourages proposals from students*, new professionals*, first-time presenters and attendees, individuals from related professions, as well as those from outside the state of Ohio.

Please complete the proposal form by January 21, 2019, at

More meeting details will appear as they develop at & follow the conversation online at #soaam19.Questions? Contact:Stephanie Bricking ( or Stacey Lavender (, Society of Ohio Archivists Educational Programming Committee

*Note that applications for travel scholarships for students and new professionals are due by February 25, 2019.

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