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Workshop Presentations

The 2021 ACL Conference is gearing up to be an innovative and interactive virtual gathering for librarian professionals June 7-10, 2021. We are looking forward to adding workshops presented by librarian colleagues back to the conference programming this year.  For 2021, workshops will be presented in an online format during the week of conference

Presentations prepared and given by library colleagues are an important part of the ACL Annual Conference. We look for presentations that balance both theory and practice, are well researched, and presented in an engaging manner. Presentation proposals will be chosen based on several criteria including the level of expertise and the extent of experience with the topic. 

Topics of Interest to the Association Include:

  • Changing Library Environment/Future of Librarianship
  • Collection Development
  • Data Analytics & Assessment
  • Distance Learning/Embedded Librarianship
  • Ebooks/E-Resources: Best Practices, Analytics, etc.
  • Electronic Resource Management
  • Faculty Collaboration (Curriculum development, etc.)
  • First-year Experience/Student Engagement
  • Information Literacy/Bibliographic Instruction
  • Leadership Skills/Management Issues
  • Library Programming/Outreach
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Public Services, Student Workers, Interlibrary Loan
  • Services to Disabled Students
  • Technical Services (RDA, Linked Data, Cooperative Cataloging)
  • Technology/Social Media
  • Work/Life Balance/Time Management

Presentation Formats:

  • Workshop: The presenter uses a lecture or hands-on format, allowing 10 minutes at the end for questions and discussion.
  • Panel: Group of two or three experts present on the same concepts or convey varying points of view, allowing time at the end for questions and discussion.
  • Roundtable Discussion: Informal group discussion around a specific topic.  The leader will be prepared with comments and questions, will keep the discussion focused on the topic and will encourage the participation of all attendees.
  • Paper: Presentation of a short paper, either read or summarized, allowing 15 minutes at the end for questions and discussion.  Please remember that even paper presentations need to be delivered in an engaging manner.

2021 Timeline for Presentation Proposals/Presenters

  • December 11, 2020 - Deadline for submitting a presentation proposal
  • ​By January 22, 2021 - Notification of acceptance of presentations
  • January 29, 2021 - Deadline for presenter acceptance
  • February 12, 2021 - Deadline for uploading presenter bio and workshop description to Whova (instructions and link will be provided)
  • March 11, 2021 - Deadline for presenters to register for conference
  • Week of April 12, 2021 -  Presenter training
  • May 12, 2021 - Deadline for presenters to upload recorded workshop
  • June 7-10, 2021 - 65th ACL Annual Conference, online through Whova

Questions about presentation proposals? Contact Jaime Pitt, ACL Presentation Coordinator, at

If you are interested in presenting a poster, please check back for more information to be shared at a later date. 



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