In 2019, the American Library Association identified sustainability as a core value of librarianship. Sustainability has always been a part of libraries, though we do not always see our work as meeting those challenges. In a world that is living with a pandemic, threats of climate change, political unrest, and other factors that affect our lives and planet, the sustainability and resilience of libraries is increasingly important for our communities.
Now NMLA wants to hear how you and your library meet the challenge of sustainability.
This year, the NMLA 2022 LibrarySTRONG Annual Summit will focus on Sustainability. We know that libraries are:
● Network Builders
What does sustainability mean to you? What are your sustainability stories? What conversations can you facilitate to help others build more resilient and just communities? In writing your proposals, consider how you incorporate concepts and perspectives of sustainability. Maybe you have a cool new recycling program, maybe you invite elders from the community to lead programs, maybe you have reinvisioned your library spaces to be more inclusive, or changed the way you do your work daily. Sustainability is much more than just a commitment to improving and maintaining our environments. It can be found in library budgets, workflows, planning, pedagogy, community engagement, and equity initiatives, among many other things.
NMLA’s 2022 annual conference will be in-person October 26-28.
Calls for proposals has been extended to July 15, 2022.
● Full Day and Half Day Pre-Conference Workshops,
● Panel discussions,
● Posters, and
● Lightning Talks.
Proposals with a focus on the conference theme will receive priority consideration.
Are you nervous about giving presentations? Never spoken at a conference before? Want to learn more about sustainability? Like the idea of having a mentor to help you develop a conference program?
In order to support the creation of proposals around this year’s theme and encourage first-time presenters we will be offering two free interactive workshops and one-on-one mentorship opportunities to help you develop your proposal and your presentation.
We are offering these opportunities to support anyone who is crafting a proposal for the first time, is having trouble connecting their ideas to sustainability, or just anyone who’d like a second set of eyes on their proposal before submitting it.
These events are free, but registration is required.
We especially encourage graduate students, new library professionals, library workers who may not have a Masters degree, out-of-state library professionals, and new presenters to take advantage of this opportunity. You do not have to be a member of NMLA to attend this mentorship opportunity, but we do encourage participants to be engaged with professional activities, such as the NMLA board, conferences, advocacy efforts, and special interest groups. Libraries are stronger when we work together!
Rough schedule (we will finalize when we have the participants list).
● Meeting 1: Creating a Proposal for the NMLA conference/ What is sustainability?
○ 1 Hour Webinar by Zoom
■ TBD mid April
● Meeting 2: Peer Practice: Share your proposals and practice presenting.
○ 1 Hour to share your idea and practice presenting on Zoom
■ TBD mid May
● Open Office hours with Erin Wahl and Eli Guinnee
○ By appointment
■ 30 minute Zoom meetings
■ To discuss pre-proposal submission: May 15-June 15; and/or
■ To discuss post-acceptance presentation development: August 1-October 1
Those who participate in a mentorship activity will also be invited to fill out a survey about their experience at a later date to determine if this is an experience you’d like us to repeat in the future prior to the annual conference.