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CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The 90th Annual Meeting of the Music Library Association—a joint meeting in
collaboration with the Theatre Library Association (TLA)
<https://www.tla-online.org/>—will be held in Cincinnati, OH from March
3–March 7, 2021. The MLA Program Committee
proposals for program content until 11:59pm ET on Friday, May 15th, 2020.
This Annual Meeting is open to anyone with an interest in libraries,
collections, or librarianship in the wide scope of the performing arts:
music, theatre, dance, performance studies, popular entertainment, motion
pictures, and broadcasting. We encourage proposals that are topically or
practically relevant to these areas, especially those addressing new or
emerging areas. We welcome proposals from library, archives, and
information technology professionals, students, faculty, and others. MLA
members, TLA members, and non-members may submit proposals.
TYPES OF PROPOSALS
Most sessions are 25, 55, or 85 minutes in length. Poster presentations
take place within a specified conference time. Types of sessions include:
Presentation (prepared paper or panel)
Plenary presentation (prepared paper or panel). Plenaries are always 85
minutes in length. No other meetings, sessions, etc. are scheduled during
plenaries. The content of plenaries should be of broad interest to Annual
Interactive presentation (significant audience engagement via an
interactive, hands-on, or discussion-based component. Individual presenter
Town Hall (open discussion forum for topics of urgent interest to
Other type of session not mentioned above
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION
Required abstract should be no longer than 3000 characters (not words)
Any individual may participate as a presenter in up to two sessions total
(individual, group, or poster). Please apply as a presenter for no more
than two sessions.
Moderators are not considered presenters and are not subject to these
Participation in scheduled committee and subcommittee business
meetings, interest group meetings, roundtables, and/or user
is not subject to this limitation.
Please have names of all presenters and their institutions when
submitting a proposal.
Sessions at this MLA/TLA Annual Meeting are for the educational benefit
of attendees. Proposals promoting or selling products or services will not
A call for Community Choice proposals will occur in September of 2020.
Community Choice presentations will be selected by the MLA and TLA
MLA Annual Meeting proposals are reviewed by members of the Program
Committee, which includes members of MLA and TLA. Proposals should address:
The main points of your session
Relevance to attendees
How your proposal is unique or different from others that may address
the same topic
How presenter(s) will engage the audience
Learning objectives, goals, or takeaways
The Program Committee will evaluate proposals as anonymous submissions;
proposals will be selected on the strength of the abstract, based on the
above criteria. Special consideration will be given to proposals addressing
new or emerging areas of performing arts librarianship, as well as those
submitted by first-time presenters.
The Program Committee will additionally strive to select a balance of
proposals reflecting the range of institutions (academic, public, special,
etc.), specializations (cataloging, archives, information literacy,
collection development, etc.), and attendees (librarians, archivists,
paraprofessionals, students and emerging professionals, retirees, etc.)
represented at our Annual Meetings.
SESSION DISCUSSION SPREADSHEET
The Program Committee has created a public spreadsheet
to allow sharing of proposal ideas and connect potential collaborators. The
spreadsheet is an informal tool, and the information in it will not be used
by the Committee in evaluating program proposals. (Idea credit to the
Society of American Archivists). The spreadsheet is also available on
Proposals may be submitted online via the Annual Meeting website
A separate call for business meeting room requests is forthcoming.
We look forward to your proposals! Please feel free to contact me with
Kristina Shanton, Ithaca College
Program Chair, 2021 Annual Meeting
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