Program Proposals Now being Accepted for 2018 ALA Annual Conference and ALSC National Institute

ALSC is now accepting proposals for innovative programs for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and the 2018 ALSC National Institute. Be part of this exciting professional development opportunity by submitting your program today!

Each event has its own site for submitting a proposal:

2018 Annual Conference

To submit a program proposal for the 2018 Annual Conference, please visit the ALA website submission site. Please note that ALSC’s Call for Proposals is being hosted through ALA’s Call for Proposals site. The deadline to submit content will be Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:00 Midnight (CST). Please use the ALA submission site and select “ALSC” as your submission unit. The 2018 ALA Annual Conference is scheduled for June 21-26, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2018 National Institute

To submit a program proposal for the 2018 National Institute, please visit the ALSC website at for the submission form and instructions. All proposals must be submitted by Friday, August 25, 2017. The 2018 ALSC National Institute is scheduled for September 27 -29, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Please note that participants attending ALSC programs are seeking valuable educational experiences; the Program Coordinating Committee will not select a program session that suggests commercial sales or self-promotion. Presentations should provide a valuable learning experience and avoid being too limited in scope.

ALSC committees, members, and other interested individuals are welcome to submit a proposal.

In February, the Program Coordinating Committee put out a call for ideas and asked for your feedback. We offered seventeen topic areas and asked members to rank their favorites. Here are all seventeen topic areas we suggested ranked in order of ALSC members’ choices:

  1. Diversity in children’s literature
  2. Early learning
  3. Family engagement
  4. Partnerships and outreach
  5. Recent immigrant communities
  7. School age services
  8. Media mentorship
  9. Diversity in the profession
  10. Collection development
  11. Difficult conversations
  12. Tween services
  13. Emerging technology
  14. Summer learning
  15. Advocacy
  16. Networking
  17. Gender diversity

Need more inspiration? Below you’ll find additional ideas suggested by ALSC members in response to the survey. These are not ranked and appear in the order in which they were received.

Additional Program Ideas:

  • Differentiating between school and public library services for the public
  • Poetry & school curriculum connections
  • Professional Development
  • Pop Culture, Board/Tabletop Gaming, Large Scale Events – Comic Cons, Festivals, etc.
  • Especially collection development in times of expanding publishing and self-publishing and shrinking collection budgets. Reaching communities of immigrants to serve them. What’s new and hot in early learning and early literacy.
  • I am concerned with recent patron-to-patron harassment and aggression. I want to know how to effectively defuse these situations and actually use them as teaching moments.
  • Floating collecitions/rebalancing/analyzing
  • Refugee communities; Indigenous communities; Disability communities
  • Multicultural programming – addressing more specific populations
  • outcome based measurement (like PLAs) and early literacy programs and services
  • Encouraging real diversity engagement in the profession – YMA and the MLK Sunrise Celebration Time Conflict
  • Early Literacy
  • Coding for pre-K and kids
  • Family Literacy for Immigrant parents and children
  • Audiobooks
  • Latinx children’s literature and prizing
  • Growth Mindset and facilitation skill building for librarian led programs
  • Innovations in programming
  • My top choice “DIff.Convos” also includes ethical librarianship
  • Early Literacy, Social and Emotional learning
  • In particular for summer learning – ideas for programs over the summer based on the summer reading theme

Please contact the chair of the ALSC Program Coordinating Committee, Eva Volin, at with questions.


  1. Katie Clausen

    This is great! Question: can a person only propose one program, or can you propose multiple?

    1. Eva Volin

      You are welcome to submit more than one proposal. The more great ideas the better!

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